Let’s empower people by writing

Emidia Felipe
Jan 4, 2017 · 4 min read

Four insights to remind us how strong this old technology is

Form here.

Writing is a great way to let people have voice to express their ideas, connect with other people and register their life journeys, no matter the reasons. Writing is cheap, easy and accessible even in the hardest environment — in a war, a piece of coal can write in a ruined wall. The increasing of texts flowing through platforms such as Medium and LinkedIn is the most recent reflexion of this.

As a journalist, I probably should have this concept very clear in my mind. However, I confess that only now, creating a business about writing, this came to me as a strong tool to build the purpose of what I’m doing. Let me tell a few things that are helping me to figure this out.

In the article The Computer For The 21st Century, published in 1991, Mark Weiser reminded us that writing is a technology so powerful that we don’t stop to think we are using it. It just exists. When you think about how to communicate with another person, writing is the first choice after direct language, which comes naturally from our bodies, such as talking and making gestures. Then, we could consider writing a technology very close to a native language, an extension of our minds, to reach other minds.

In the book Writing That Works, Roman and Raphaelson completed my comprehension of this thought when they say that “The only way some people know you is through your writing (…) your writing is you. It reveals how your mind works”.

In India, a typewriter fill forms or write letters for those who can’t write or those who can afford a specialist. From here.

Registering the trajectory of a soul — in other words, giving eternity to lives than otherwise would be forgotten — is one more great benefit of writing. This came to my mind when I was reading Mia Couto’s book Sleepwaking Land. Full of legends and magic realism, it’s about two fugitives of a refugee camp in Africa. They find a corpse with a journal, which they start to read. The diary tells the drama of a boy who is leaving his family because of the civil war — a lost story if he hadn’t written it.

Thus, I decided to group these four insights in this text, to organize the strong lesson behind them.

But, here comes the practical challenge: what about the real people who surround me? How can I help them to take this amazing simple resource to amplify their voices?

Nevertheless, there is something bigger here: the understanding of the importance of what I’m doing.

Would you help me with (realistic) ideas?

From here.

Special thanks to my english teacher Ray Climie for helping me with text mistakes.

Escrita Estratégica — por Emidia Felipe

Insights, estudos e reflexões sobre a escrita como…

Escrita Estratégica — por Emidia Felipe

Insights, estudos e reflexões sobre a escrita como instrumento para alcançar objetivos estratégicos na carreira, nos negócios e na vida.

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Escrita Estratégica — por Emidia Felipe

Insights, estudos e reflexões sobre a escrita como instrumento para alcançar objetivos estratégicos na carreira, nos negócios e na vida.