Voices of Our Future Application: Week Two

Personal Stories

Week Two tells the story of World Pulse alongside your story. These learning materials include an introduction to World Pulse's history, our core values that shape our daily work and vision for the future, and our unique editorial cycle.

Week 2 Learning Outcomes and Reading Material

During this week, you will be introduced to:

The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Once you are done with the 4 readings, access Week Two Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions to the left.

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Week 2 Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Week Two Assignment

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where should I post my article?
In your personal journal on World Pulse. Do not post your final assignment in the Voices of Our Future Group journal. This Group is reserved for updates, discussions and questions.

2. When is the assignment due?
The assignments are due on: April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29 by 11:55pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or GMT-7.
You can check what time this is in your local timezone at this link: Time Zone Converter

3. What should I title my assignment?
You can title your assignment anything you want, however you must tag your assignment correctly. Each weekly assignment has specific instruction on how to tag.

4. Can I write my story in my native language?
At this time we ask that you submit your assignment in English. However, you can use the Google Translation tool, which is at the very top of this page, to help. Click on the "Translate page" tab to find your language. But remember, this is not a perfect tool and there may be mistakes.

5. How will I know if my assignment is 500 words or less?
Word Count Tool is a simple and quick online tool to find your word count. Simply copy and paste your article in the form and click on the Submit button. Your word count will appear under the form.

If you are using Microsoft Word, select the text of your article. Click on Tools in the top menu. Select Word Count from the drop down menu.

6. Who will be reading my assignment?
World Pulse has gathered together an international panel of Listeners, composed of World Pulse staff, community and volunteers. This panel will be reviewing your assignments based on the criteria listed on the Applicants Group page.

You are encouraged to meet the Listeners by visiting their group here. Although this group is closed to non-Listeners, you will be able to friend Listeners and stay informed of what is happening "behind the scenes."

7. I still have a question. What do I do?
We encourage you to post your question to the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group, so that all applicants may benefit from your inquiry. We will answer it as fast as we can.

The Story of World Pulse (1/4)

Bringing Women a Global Voice

World Pulse is an action media network connecting women’s voices to transform our world. We are dedicated to listening to and broadcasting the unheard voices and innovative solutions of women worldwide.
We produce a emagazine as well as host an interactive online community, where women can speak for themselves to the world and connect to solve global problems.

It’s a revolution that has already begun.

Today, women from 190 countries use World Pulse to speak out and connect, using Internet cafés and cell phones from rural villages to urban cities. Their stories are being picked up by the BBC, PBS, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the UN, the Huffington Post, National Geographic and more. By networking on our site, women are finding jobs, starting new programs and businesses, launching women-only cyber cafés, and finding international speaking opportunities that are changing their lives and lifting their communities.

World Pulse has grown from a kitchen table to a global network, partnering with over 40 top international organizations empowering women. The voices of our network are reaching millions worldwide.

World Pulse is a nonprofit social media enterprise headquartered in Portland, OR, USA.

Our History
What started with one VOICE has grown to many.

As a young journalist in Burma and the Amazon, Jensine Larsen discovered that some of the world’s most important stories are rarely mentioned in the mass media. So she began a quest to create a media source that would bring the vital, yet untapped, voices and solutions of women and youth to the world stage.

In 2003, at age 28, Larsen founded World Pulse as a nonprofit media organization in order to launch a bold and beautiful new magazine, one that would cut to the heart of global problems through the eyes of women and highlight solutions already underway.

The premiere issue of World Pulse Magazine debuted in 2004. Thousands of individuals and grassroots organizations took notice. Newsstand sales were double the average for new publications, and the magazine was nominated for "Best International Coverage" and "Best New Title" of 2004 and 2005 by the Independent Press Awards.

In the wake of this overwhelming response, we began working with teams of professional advisers, a deeply dedicated staff, international journalists, photojournalist networks, an Editorial Guide Council, and thousands of founding subscribers and donors from around the world.

In 2007, our eyes turned to the future of communications technology in the developing world, and we began to pioneer the development of our online community.

World Pulse online community is an interactive online community enabling women worldwide—even those just coming online using Internet cafes and cell phones—to speak for themselves to the world and solve global problems.

Today, World Pulse has grown into an international network connecting women and men across borders and building a rising pulse of women’s empowerment across the globe.

Why Women?
Women and girls are the answer.

The global balance is shifting: women are shaping the future of our communities and nations. In fact, most international institutions and organizations agree that empowering women and girls is the fastest way to solve world problems. It’s a movement that is centered around solutions rather than blame. It’s a movement that’s already begun and World Pulse is here to broadcast their voices around the globe.

Including women’s voices benefits our world.

When women's voices are equally heard and supported in the media, it results in increased family and child well being, more investment in education and health care, better economic growth and job creation, as well as proper transparency and accountability. It accelerates social healing after trauma, as well as information sharing and problem-solving. Most importantly, it strengthens community networks, environmental stewardship, and the democratic process, as well as arts, culture, and creativity.

Week 2 Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Once you are done with the 4 readings, access Week Two Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool
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Jensine Larsen

Founder, World Pulse

When I was a young girl, I would lie on my stomach on sun-warmed grass covering the hills of Southern Wisconsin and absorb stories. I was shy and preferred to run away from the ordinary chaos of our family’s old farmhouse into the ancient rolling fields. As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to “see” the truths of the human experience and the burning questions that would carry me to the last page of the story were “What now?” “What is the way forward?”

Read Jensine's full story

Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Week Two Assignment

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Our Vision and Values (2/4)

Our Values

Through our seven founding values, World Pulse has created a network for women, a platform for change, and a sanctuary for those who have been silent.

Through our Voices, we are able to create a new world.

With Courage we create Possibility.

With Beauty we Innovate the world.

Through Connections, we Transform our world.

What We Do

World Pulse is an action media network powered by women from 190 countries. Through our programs, we lift and unite women’s voices to accelerate their impact for the world.

By connecting women through digital technology, we bring women’s voices out of the shadows and on to the world stage.

We Bring Women a Global Voice

Our online community is a sanctuary where every woman with access to the Internet can be heard and connect with women across the world to solve global problems. New ideas and solutions rise from the ground up as women speak out from remote regions and hot spots via Internet cafés or cell phones.

We Magnify the Power of Women's Voices

Our editorial desk and digital action campaigns promote the most powerful community voices and community solutions to major media outlets and influential forums. We vet, package, and channel women’s stories—in their own words—to forums like CNN, the Huffington Post, the UN, and the U.S. Department of State.

We Equip Women with Tools to be Vocal Agents of Change

We equip grassroots women to become empowered leaders and vocal agents of change through our annual online citizen journalism and digital empowerment training program called “Voices of Our Future.” Each correspondent is matched with a professional vision mentor and editorial mentor who support her to develop her vision. World Pulse publishes their stories and three correspondents are selected each year to travel to the US for our nation-wide speaking and media tour, World Pulse LIVE.

Our Vision: A Vocal Uprising

In collaboration with our partners, we are building the world’s leading action media network, powered by millions of women who are transmitting local and global change from every region of the world.

It’s a revolution that has already begun.

Week 2 Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Once you are done with the 4 readings, access Week Two Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)

Editorial Guidelines
As you contemplate your weekly assignments, keep in mind the vision, mission, and editorial voice of World Pulse.

World Pulse’s editorial voice is unique. We are founded on the belief that there is a world of untapped knowledge, innovation, and vision held by the women of the earth. We cover global issues through the eyes of women and look for stories that are solutions-oriented, timely, and that demonstrate the collective power of women globally.

Our editors look at community content and consider them for publication on our Magazine page. We also push these stories out to major media forums such as the Huffington Post, National Geographic, and Reuters.

We favor stories that emphasize creativity, courage, innovation, restoration, efficiency, transition, transformation, and collaboration. We are far more likely to publish a piece that illustrates a relationship to the larger landscape of global social change. For example, we are not likely to publish a story on an orphanage for trafficked children in Cambodia. However, we may consider publishing a story that highlights a growing network of care centers for children throughout Cambodia, or a global phenomenon of "polyclinics" of hope for trafficked children.

For a great example of solutions-oriented writing, check out Leah Auma Okeyo’s story on the left side of your screen.

Our editors are always active online searching for new content and emerging voices, and we ask that our writers engage with the community. So remember, even if you are not chosen for one of the limited places in the Voices of Our Future program, you still have the opportunity to be published on World Pulse. We encourage you to discover World Pulse and our online community. Get to know your fellow applicants and some of the 17,000 other members. Check out groups like the Ending Gender Based Violence, or The Nigerian Cafe, and see what topics the community is talking about. Find out what is important to other women out there, and add your ideas to the conversation!

Week 2 Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Once you are done with the 4 readings, access Week Two Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool
Sidebar Body: 

Leah Auma Okeyo

First-ever Grassroots Correspondent for World Pulse

Two years ago I was dying from AIDS. My story starts here...

In my impoverished Kenyan town, news travels through word of mouth. After I heard about a new interactive community website for women that could possibly help my mission of caring for women with HIV, I decided to make the long trek to the local internet café - often dodging bullets in post-conflict Kenya- to share my story.

Read Leah's full story

Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Week Two Assignment

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

THE SOUL OF WORLD PULSE

Let us be a loudspeaker
for women of the world.

Let us call forth voice
where before there was silence.

Let us stand back while they speak up,
for their words are so beautiful they
need no adornment.

Let us be their platform, their forum,
their safe haven, their sanctuary,
an amplifier no one can ignore.

Let us create a world where women are
not only free, but empowered so greatly
as to be unstoppable.

A world where women can
transform her life as well as the lives of those
around her by simply raising her voice.

One voice at a time, millions of voices strong.

Until the sound is so deafening, the whole
world will hear their music.

It’s not just a dream—it’s a revolution
that has already begun.

This is the pulse that transforms the world.

THIS IS WORLD PULSE.

You are a part of the Pulse.

Listen to The Soul Of World Pulse

Week 2 Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Once you are done with the 4 readings, access Week Two Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Week Two Assignment

Assignment

Tell your personal story. Describe the journey that led you to our online community and inspired you to apply for Voices of Our Future. How does this journey fit into your personal vision for the future?

Instructions

  • Your story should be fewer than 500 words.
  • Post your article in your personal journal on World Pulse by April 15th, 2013 at 11:55pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).* To do this, go to your Journal (if you are not already logged in, you will be directed to do so). On the right hand side of the page, there will be an orange button that says "Post to Your Journal". Once you click on this button, you will be able to post your assignment.
  • You may put any title you want on your journal entry, but it MUST be tagged with the following (you can cut and paste the text that follows): 2013 VOF Week 2

    If you would like tips on how to tag, click here!

  • Get to know your fellow Voices of Our Future applicants on World Pulse online community: visit their profiles, comment on their journal entries, add them as your friends, and explore our online community!

Extra Credit

NOT REQUIRED BUT HIGHLY ENCOURAGED:

World Pulse wants to foster your creativity and hear your voice through poetry!

Poetry is a powerful way to paint a vivid picture for the reader. It offers ways to connect with people with very different lives and experiences than yours. The last reading for Week 2 Assignment was the poem titled The Soul of World Pulse. Our poem highlights our vision for the future and a call to action to connect with one another and engage in the revolution.

We invite you to write a poem about your unique vision for your future and the larger global community. We are particularly interested in themes of overcoming and resilience. Poetry can come in many different forms. We are looking to hear your voice, poems that contain humor are also encourage. While this is NOT required and will not be evaluated, it allows us to explore a different writing avenue with you.

Examples:

Delphine's poem:
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Zoe's poem:
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The guidelines for submission are loose. Poetry can be impactful whether long or short. We are hoping to get to know your writing style in a less formal way. Your poems can contain humor if you so choose. Please feel free to get as creative with your writing as you would like. Follow this link if you would like some helpful hints on how to write a poem.

Please tag your poem in your journal as: 2013 VOF Poetry

Questions? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions in the sidebar to the left.

Week 2 Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Once you are done with the 4 readings, access Week Two Assignment

Helpful Links
Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page
Helpful Tools
Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool
Sidebar Body: 

Week 2 Classroom Navigation

Week Two Learning Materials
The Story of World Pulse (1/4)
Our Vision and Values (2/4)
Our Editorial Cycle (3/4)
The Soul of World Pulse (4/4)

Week Two Assignment

Helpful Links

Applicant Group Page
Listeners Group Page

Helpful Tools

Time and Date Converter
Word Count Tool

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where should I post my article?
In your personal journal on PulseWire. Do not post your final assignment in the Voices of Our Future Group journal. This Group is reserved for updates, discussions and questions.

2. When is the assignment due?
The assignments are due on: April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29 by 11:55pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), or GMT-7.
You can check what time this is in your local timezone at this link: Time Zone Converter

3. What should I title my assignment?
You can title your assignment anything you want, however you must tag your assignment correctly. Each weekly assignment has specific instruction on how to tag.

4. Can I write my story in my native language?
At this time we as that you submit your assignment in English. However, you can use the Google Translation tool, which is at the very top of this page, to help. Click on the "Translate page" tab to find your language. But remember, this is not a perfect tool and there may be mistakes.

5. How will I know if my assignment is 500 words or less?
Word Count Tool is a simple and quick online tool to find your word count. Simply copy and paste your article in the form and click on the Submit button. Your word count will appear under the form.

If you are using Microsoft Word, select the text of your article. Click on Tools in the top menu. Select Word Count from the drop down menu.

6. Who will be reading my assignment?
World Pulse has gathered together an international panel of Listeners, composed of World Pulse staff, community and volunteers. This panel will be reviewing your assignments based on the criteria listed on the Applicants Group page.

You are encouraged to meet the Listeners by visiting their group here. Although this group is closed to non-Listeners, you will be able to friend Listeners and stay informed of what is happening "behind the scenes."

7. I still have a question. What do I do?
We encourage you to post your question to the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group, so that all applicants may benefit from your inquiry. We will answer it as fast as we can.