This One’s For You

Last night I saw this trailer on BBC World…

…and then my daughter told me that the Internet had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last week.  I was away at school camp at the time and out of “the loop” so this was all news to me.

I started reading around a discovered a few articles in support of the nominations, but many seemed to think it was a ridiculous idea.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the person who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” Is it so ridiculous that the Internet receive this nomination?

There’s a Māori saying in New Zealand/Aotearoa –

‘He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata’
‘What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people, it is people , it is people.’

Isn’t that what the Internet is really about?  Isn’t that why we spend time blogging, tweeting or facebooking?  It’s the people.  It’s the people. It’s the people. It’s the global connections and dialogues sans Frontières that are just as real and valid as face to face connections that make the Internet such a powerful tool for peace.

So who is the nomination really for?  It’s for you…  and me…  and everybody else out there trying to make a difference.  Celebrate… it’s not often we get nominated!