What story of the world do you choose to tell? Do you choose the story of the world as it is? Or do you prefer the story that you are most comfortable with?
Sydette Harry beautifully reminds us that decolonizing ourselves and the internet requires a fundamental change in our relationships. It requires creating a vision, a big dream that we have never dreamed before. At the beginning of this change, there is a process of liberation and unlearning what colonization forced on us that Sydette describes as:
And if you feel that trying to imagine something that we have never seen or done before is an insurmountable task, Sydette brilliantly reminds us that it’s only insurmountable if we think of it as a fixed point rather than a process. For her, this process is similar to the act of loving something. You are never going to be done but the goal is not to finish but be better than before and to inhabit it in every way.
Based in New York but “Guyanese by blood and temperament”, Sydette is editor of web properties at Mozilla and editor-at-large of Coral Project. As our guest in the second episode of Whose Voices? she shares her insights about de-centering whiteness, decolonizing archives, community building beyond internet, and much more.
We hope you will be as impacted as we were listening to Sydette, and if so make sure to share this podcast with your friends and communities!