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Wikipedia: Copy­edit­ing tool and so much more

I often use Wikipedia, the free online ency­clo­pe­dia, for my copy­edit­ing work because fact-checking is often part of copy­edit­ing projects. Though Wikipedia isn’t con­sid­ered cred­i­ble enough to be a stand-alone source of doc­u­men­ta­tion in an aca­d­e­mic paper or schol­arly work, it works great for double-checking a bit of information.

So when I saw a fundrais­ing ad on Wikipedia in Decem­ber, I opted to donate a few dol­lars. If every­one who uses Wikipedia donates a mere $3 or $5 a year, it will con­tinue to be a ready resource for us. But my point here isn’t to make a fundrais­ing plea. It’s to share what I found in my inbox today as part of a “thank you” from Wikipedia: this video. Take a look …

Wikipedia: Open­ing doors between vil­lage and world

Is that not just FUN?! Knowl­edge is power, and tech­nol­ogy is knowl­edge nowa­days. I won­der what gifts and inspi­ra­tion the kids in this video have in store for the rest of the world as they grow up, espe­cially now that they — just like my kids — have the world at their fin­ger­tips via the inter­net? Indeed, they’ve already given us a gift: Now we can all learn first­hand a lit­tle bit about the lit­tle com­mu­nity of Palestina, Peru, which we (or at least I) had never heard of before!

Gift exchange among women

I saw another exam­ple recently of peo­ple in the U.S. receiv­ing gifts from peo­ple from across the world. Mem­bers of the Women of the Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church in Amer­ica (WELCA) trav­eled to Liberia. (After click­ing on the pre­ced­ing link, scroll down to page 4 of the PDF for the story.)

Chris­tians in the United States have long thought of them­selves as the source of mis­sion­ar­ies and gifts of teach­ing and ser­vice to the peo­ple of Africa, Asia, South Amer­ica, and even the Native North Amer­i­cans. But the head­line of the arti­cle about the women’s trip is “Invalu­able Encour­age­ment Received.” I did a double-take because that is not usu­ally the empha­sis given to sto­ries of Amer­i­cans vis­it­ing so-called devel­op­ing coun­tries. The giv­ing and shar­ing cer­tainly flowed both direc­tions on this sister-rich jour­ney. But I love how the arti­cle con­cludes, telling of what is surely only a droplet of the ocean of encour­age­ment the U.S. women received from the women of Liberia:

As we prac­ticed mutual sup­port and accom­pa­ni­ment, we received, in return, invalu­able encour­age­ment and best prac­tices .… Pas­tor Oretha Davis … urged us to “… break with tra­di­tion, make room for every gen­er­a­tion. Have fun and cre­ate the new with joy. Love the women and your work and be will­ing to do more. Always encour­age oth­ers to join the work, not the orga­ni­za­tion. Follow-up keeps new women engaged.”

What’s your experience?

Now that our world is more inter­con­nected, I’m glad to see we’re get­ting bet­ter at rec­og­niz­ing the gifts shared with us by and in peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tures far away — from Peru, Liberia, and count­less other places. I am in awe, and grate­ful. How about you?

What have been your expe­ri­ences of our ever-more-interconnected world? Please share in a com­ment below.

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