Jamaican Diaspora goes hi-tech - Website built to bridge gap, facilitate networking
Published: Wednesday | August 19, 2009
The establishment of a key bridge-building website will assist the Jamaican diaspora to have a greater opportunity to network and to know more about the island than ever before.
"Not all the delegates have spent as much time understanding Jamaica, reading the newspapers every day, keeping up to date on the news, and that is understandable but, in this day of technology, we need to take advantage of email newsletters, for example," Future Leader representative for the United States Diaspora, David Mullings, told JIS News.
"We have created a website, jadiasporafutureleaders.com, and the idea is we want to turn this into some kind of hub. So we collected the information from everyone who came to the (Future Leaders) conference, as well as an area of interest or skill set," he explained.
He said any Jamaican, particularly young persons living overseas, will now be able to search the database and look for other persons in Jamaica, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom with similar interests or with a particular desirable skill set.
Through the website, they will be able to connect with these individuals, which will enhance the ability to network and develop the potential to create individual growth. He said this could have a national impact, depending on the activity generated.