Thank You/Srikeit Tadepalli
When I think about Wikipedia, I’m reminded of this famous story about the U.S. Patent Office at the turn of the century.
In a campaign to cut costs, officials suggested the patent office might simply be shut down. It seemed like every possible invention had been created and patented already.
We all know how that turned out!
Today, people see Wikipedia's 22 million articles, and they think everything has already been written about. But that's not true. There is still a lot of work left to do.
I’m 25 years old, which makes me a member of the largest generation of young people in the world. In fact, more than half of India's 1.2 billion population is younger than I am. Our generation benefits from better education, higher literacy rates and widespread Internet access. The world is changing, and we're helping change it. But we still have a lot to accomplish.
Through this amazing project — Wikipedia — we can bring the world's knowledge to India. And we can bring India's knowledge to the world.
Srikeit lives in Mumbai, where he works at an advertising agency. In his spare time, he reaches out to educate friends, classmates and colleagues on how they can contribute to Wikipedia, too.
For a list of upcoming Wiki-meetups click here.
Video Attribution: The Impact of Wikipedia - Srikeit Tadepalli and Noopur Raval by Victor Grigas, under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported, from Wikimedia Commons.
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