As we all know, February is Black History Month. It’s a month where we honor those who have made an impact on American culture for equal rights, those who have invented, those who have a helped others and those who have inspired everyone to be the best they can be, not only as a person of color but as a human. Last year for Black History Month, I started an online series called 28 Days Diversity where I would feature someone new everyday during the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. Even though it’s black history month, the goal for 28 Days of Diversity is to feature not just African-Americans but other minorities in the web/tech space. Also note that 28 Days of Diversity is not a popularity contest or an influencer list but a list of thought leaders in the social web sector, including entrepreneurs, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order who I have either met in person or followed online. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph.
For 2011 I wanted to not just feature individuals but also address a topic that affects everyone. For 28 Days of Diversity 2011 each post/person will answer the question “How can we use technology to close the digital divide?” So for the next 28 days, come back to visit SocialWayne.com/tag/28daysofdiversity and 28daysofdiversity.com to see who’s on the list. For day 7, I would like to introduce to some and present to others:
I’m currently serving in the Army Reserves and I’m a Full-Time YouTuber with 40 million views for my videos covering the vast sectors on tech by providing reviews and demos and hosting a weekly Web show answering questions from hundreds of viewers. Basically, I’m a Geek living his dream.
How can we use technology to close the digital divide?
We need to get the simplest form of digital communication, whether it be email or Twitter, in the hands of those less fortunate so that they can have their voices heard throughout the world on a public stage. By blending how we communicate over the Internet, we all can feel each others joy as well as pain.
You can follow the status of 28 Days of Diversity 2011 on http://28daysofdiversity.com and http://socialwayne.com/category/28-days-of-diversity/