In today’s digital age, technology is both an influencer of our lives and a tool for influence. It unites us in ways that would have been impossible just a few short decades ago. There are those who use it to spread lies and hate, and others who are taking advantage of the ways technology can broaden our perspectives and allow us to share stories of our lives with people across every kind of geographic and social border.
I will mention, as an illustration of the opportunity to effortlessly cross borders through technology, that I “met” the women featured in this article via Instagram. Through our interviews on Skype, I learned how each of them is taking advantage of life in the digital age to connect, learn, and influence others in unique ways in order to make a positive difference in the world.