Internet and Communications Technology (ICT) provides us with a wide array of advantages, from looking for a piece of information for a homework, through finding a job, to being able to start an enterprise. ICT has made various human efforts more effective, for instance there is a correlation between increased number of mobile phone users and the rise of GDP in Global South. Moreover, social networks allow us to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances from all over the world. Not only that, knowledge networks, such as MUNPlanet, provide individuals eager to learn and develop with a platform devoted to sharing and exchanging their ideas.
I think that knowledge networks have the potential to play a fundamental role in learning and building skill sets essential for both academic and professional career. To be more specific, through communicating with people from different socio-cultural backgrounds, and exchanging their views on various issues, one broadens his/her horizons, and becomes more tolerant and open minded. Additionally, through expressing one’s ideas, skills such as critical thinking, and argumentation are being actively developed. And what is more, one can meet wonderful people, and practice a foreign language.
This sounds good, right? But the problem is that many young people are not aware of the existence of knowledge networks. On the other hand, the ones who know about such platforms might not be interested in joining one for various reasons – they might think knowledge networks are boring, or that they have more important things on their to do lists.
To reverse this trend, we, as active members of a great knowledge network, must unite with the goal to get more people involved. We must inform our class mates, friends, neighbours, and anyone who might be interested, about all the advantages that knowledge networks provide. If all current members of MUNPlanet inform and inspire to join only one new person, there would immediately be many new members, which is incredible! So the conclusion is very straightforward – INFORM and INSPIRE so that our knowledge network can continue to grow.