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We can develop the world through images.

In his talk, Jonathan Klein spoke about images leading to people to act and react. I think that in rural third world countries images could lead to knowledge and development.

I am a first year economics student in Berlin, and in our marketing class we learned that images are always received and processed faster then text. I lived in Kenya for 11 years and I realized that images could literally make people change; in western countries they show images of starving poverty stricken African children and this leads to people donating... but what about showing images to people in Africa about knowledge, or about how to conserve and be environmentally friendly? Or how to build things, how to survive?

I myself am not a photographer but this idea has struck me and I just can't stop thinking about it. With diseases such as AIDS in rural areas, people still aren't well informed. I think that images could solve that faster than long talks with big words that some people don't even understand. I am not just talking about Africa; I think in general images could change the way people live.

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    Nov 28 2012: Hi Esther,
    I agree with you about images solving issues faster than long talks. Where my point differs with you is that the passion with which you wield words are as skillful as an artist will and can touch many people to act. For as I read your words I felt compelled to act (or in marketing is referred to as a CTA- call to action). Sometimes with photos there are certain angles, techniques and shadings that influence individual interpretation.

    Whereas, in my humble opinion, nothing can compare to text like yours. It's coming from a pure place, benevolence, grace and empathy. Imagine Esther if you were able to share your words passionately and invite a photographer, painter, sculptor to interpret alongside you. Thus providing a denser meaning to your words. What could that look like? What would that feel like? I guess what I am suggesting is that it not be an either/or instead a coupling of ideas that would touch different aspects of ourselves.

    You touched me Esther with your ability to share so openly. I thank you!

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