Most days I feel up to my neck in information…coming from all directions and from so many different kinds of media. But just as there are other disparities in the world in food, housing, money, etc., there is also disparity in access to information.

On Saturday, June 29, I’ll travel to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in follow-up focused on this disparity and its alleviation. The Infopoverty World Conference, which met for the 13th annual conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York, will meet again to expand plans in digital innovation for development. This is part of the substantive session of the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations, “focused on a broad range of issues at the heart of the UN development agenda.” I’ve had some time to think about it…what am I doing, going to something like this?

I’m a deacon in The United Methodist Church…called to serve…to bridge the church with the world. My heart has always been with those who live on the margins…who are often disregarded, disdained and discarded. The thing that excites me about going to this meeting is that I think God just may be doing something new here…that there’s a chance for people who would never otherwise know each other to work together – refocusing the center of attention on those who’ve been “dissed” in so many ways.

This work matters. Listen to Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau speak about it. And offer a positive thought or a prayer for this meeting on July 2, ok?

About N. Neelley Hicks

A pioneer in the use of ICTs for global communications, Neelley inspires others through building and teaching solutions that are affordable, appropriate and available within remote settings - particularly in Africa and the Philippines.
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