A POTENT FORCE
Modern technology is capable of harnessing the power of our moral sense. When allied to the pow-er of communications and our ability to organise as a community to fundamentally address the chal-lenges we face and change our circumstances, it instantly becomes a potent force to reckon with. Today, the Internet has become the ultimate plat-form for accelerating the flow of information. It is, undoubtedly, the fastest-growing form of media.
Stories and conversations define our humanity. Without these, we’re unable to improvise. We inhabit a shrinking planet with dwindling resources. If we stop talking to each other we lose the means to work out who we are, what we have in common, what we need, and how we might be able to help ourselves and others cope with realities. It is our greatest consolation.
Personal voice underlies much of what is successful in the world today. The success of any initiative and endeavour or the amelioration of a human con-dition depends largely on what other people or organisations may have to say about it. It is the opinions, stories and experiences that others share which have much higher value and hold a greater influence. You can never afford to be a legend in your own mind and suffer in silence.
OUR HONESTY POLICY
Faith in Families is being honest with itself. We know that people who visit websites today expect change, reaction, reflection of comments and feedback – not all necessarily coming from us. If we want to co-opt members of the whānau, the larger community, other practitioners, service providers, stake-holders and the general public we must engage them as an audience and give them opportunity to provide comment and publish the results.
It is our belief that responsible people say and do things responsibly. In this context, the blog site of Faith in Families accepts that is must cede a measure of editorial control in exchange for the value that user-generated content brings.
A PUBLISHING PLATFORM
Web-driven communications today can best be described as a process, not a destination. It works with one-to-many and many-to-many, dialogue-enabling activities and rational, considered deci-sions. The act of communicating on the Web now favours the seeding of new opinions or ideas which may not necessarily be ours alone.
The savviest thing we can do is connect you to audiences around their own interest areas, help you find things with close enough commonalities, and provide relevant content and information along the way. Only then will you begin to ‘resonate’ with other people. This could lead to some surprising outcomes for you.
When you become a member, Faith in Families will enable you to publish your own stories – not just brief comments which other visitors are also encouraged to submit.
And it’s easy to do. Simply write a draft of your story just as you would when sending an email message to others using this email address:
Because of web space constraints, however, please limit your total word count to about 3,400 characters (including spaces). That’s about the length of the text you’re now reading on this page. Also, you can attach as much as two images (.jpg or .png formats only) on your email if you want these to accompany your story submission.
Once we receive this material from you, our staff will review your content and, if accepted, publish it on this website.