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Welcome to the Voices of Our Future Applicants Group 2011

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Welcome to the Voices of Our Future 2011 Applicants Group!

Your voice is important to us and we are so excited to see women from around the globe joining our group. Even though there are only 30 spaces in the full, five-month long program starting this November, we value all the efforts you will put into the application process.

You are part of a the gathering force of women who are using their voices to change the world, one person, one community and one nation at a time. World Pulse is here because we believe women will transform our world--YOU are the change leaders who will ensure a more just and peaceful future. By providing you with tools and knowledge in new media and citizen journalism through Voices of Our Future, we hope you will drive global conversations.

Starting on September 6th, you will receive a link to our Application Classroom where you will receive four, weekly sets of learning materials introducing you to the concepts of women and media, new media and citizen journalism, and the World Pulse voice. You will then be asked to complete a short writing assignment and post this to your PulseWire journal. These assignments will be our view into your world, your voice and your vision for the future. During this process, don't hesitate to ask your fellow applicants for help! Post questions in this group, ask for feedback on drafts and connect with one another!

Our staff are also here to assist you with questions you may have. Here is a short introduction to staff:

Rachael Maddock-Hughes, Program Manager for Voices of Our Future: I have been working with World Pulse since December 2009. I have 9 years experience in the humanitarian aid and international community development sector. Prior to World Pulse, I worked in Burma, Thailand, Afghanistan, and India. I bring my passion for gender and development and community centered solutions to World Pulse.

Scott Beck, Program Coordinator for Voices of Our Future: Scott has been working with World Pulse since September 2008. He was key in supporting the inaugural year of Voices of Our Future 2009. Before joining World Pulse, he worked in Nicaragua and Namibia on community development projects. He brings his passion and enthusiasm to help promote women's voices to our team.

Emily Garcia, Volunteer for Voices of Our Future: Emily has volunteered for World Pulse off and on since 2009. She recently returned from a year of studying in Germany, South Africa and India, and is currently working on finishing her Master's thesis project in Women and the Media.

Please don't hesitate to post your questions to the group journal. Our staff will reply as soon as we can.

With gratitude,

Rachael

Comments

Eh Tha Khu's picture

love this opportunity

This is the first time for me, so I'm really excited now. I hope I will improve my writing skills. Love to meet all of you
Thanks

wachuka's picture

child friendly schools

Dear all,

I am excited to join worldpurse group.My interest is to gain skills on citizen journalism and use of social media to reach out to all stakeholders in education so that we can have child friendly schools which are gender responsive and reach out to young girls by teaching life skills.How do we impart values in them.

Mary-Kenya

Branislava's picture

Looking forward...

Indeed I cannot wait to start the four assignments, hoping to prove competent and continue the Course.
I have worked in media for years although I am a teacher so I still want to learn about journalism.
I have always believed women can change the world, and want to take part.

Hanan's picture

looking forward

I am looking forward to share stories and opinions in this platform!

Sara Mohamed's picture

I am so excited to be a part

I am so excited to be a part of this forum and hope to share my experiences as a woman in living today in this post modern/colonial world.

Eh Tha Khu's picture

Excited

I am really happy and also afraid a little. But I hope i will do my best. I hope u all will feel as I feel. I'm reserved about my feeling in every moment. But I am really happy when i have an opportunity like that i hope I will do my best. And my heavy feeling will be lighted. Thanks a lot.

Charmaine's picture

Learning and Sharing!

Hiya everyone!
I am so excited to be part of this process and really look forward to learning and sharing with everyone! Thank you to World Pulse for making this opportunity available to us. I cannot wait to get started and am really excited to connect with my fellow World Pulsers!

Charmaine Smith
charmaine.s.smith@gmail.com
South Africa
Human Rights are for everyone!

Ify Onyegbule's picture

Really wonderful joining this

Really wonderful joining this group and im hoping that the networking here will help make my job easier and more fruitful!

sophia's picture

coming from Nottingham, England

Hello, all!!

Just signing in and hoping to have a better time with the connection starting tomorrow.

Sophia

Nessa's picture

For women and for life

I am already excited going through the posts and contents of the site and happy I am a part of it.

I come with an open mind and have high expectations this programme will empower me as I lend a voice to the 'silenced' women out there.

Best regards,

Vanessa Offiong

Yenly Thach's picture

Excited & Thankful

Thank you for this amazing opportunity! I am excited to learn new skills and meet new friends from this wonderful experience! Thanks so much! Cheers!

Yenly

Yenly Thach

Lully's picture

Lully from Colombia

I am happy to know of this noble cause and it pleased me be part of this wonderful group.
Best regards and hugs!!

kells's picture

INSPIRED

Very fasnating.i love this,huuuuu,going crazy to participate in this

afrin's picture

I am very much interested to

I am very much interested to apply but getting confused with the process of applying.I could not find the orange button for joining the group,expect some suggestions and guidelines.hope ti involve my self and learn to contribute .

mrbeckbeck's picture

Missed deadline

Hi Afrin,
I'm sorry that you missed the deadline to join the group. I have sent you a message with more information.

Thank you,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

I signed up sometime ago to participate in your exciting Voices of Our Future opportunity and I see you are already on the third assignment. Would you be kind enough to let me know what I am supposed to do now??!! :-)) I truly want to participate. Such a great opportunity. Thank You. Pam

@pdjmoo - Friend of Nature and Humanity

I was so excited to learn about WorldPulse through its Voices of Our Future competition, and even more excited once I joined and experienced the supportive community!

I posted my 1st Voices of Our Future challenge (http://www.worldpulse.com/node/44062) incorporating an interview I did with an Iraqi refugee in Syria – a child whose father’s finger was cut off following the US-led invasion of Iraq. The response from WorldPulse participants overwhelmed me.

Then I read WorldPulse’s Terms of Service for those participating in Voices of Our Future (http://www.worldpulse.com/about/vof-rules), which included a very disturbing clause that says by posting on WorldPulse, I consent to WorldPulse’s taking this sensitive interview and altering it in any way it chooses and posting it elsewhere without compensation to me, without my permission – or even without notification to me – forever!

So, I had to ask myself: Would WorldPulse edit this interview, take some of the sensitive quotes out of context and post on – for example – a pro-war blog?

Probably not.

But, this little girl trusted me with her interview – not some anonymous web site – or anyone who might buy this web site years or decades from now. Don’t I have a duty and responsibility to this little girl to protect her story from potential bastardization? What right do I have to post her story somewhere where I relinquish how her story might be told?

I immediately contacted the CEO of WorldPulse (from whom I have yet to receive a response) and the head of the Voices of Our Future challenge. I have had a courteous interchange with Rachael, but the upshot after 3 weeks of exchange is that WorldPulse’s Terms of Service will not be changed any time soon, even though I’m told my email sparked attention.

I’m conflicted. On one hand, I want to get out the stories of these forgotten refugee women and children (http://www.worldpulse.com/node/44556) to a wider audience, and I selfishly want to become one of the finalists of the Voices competition so I can become more adept at getting these important stories out.

On the other hand, these women and children trusted me with their most vulnerable stories. What right do I have exposing them to even a sliver of possibility of misrepresentation?

What if WorldPulse is sold next year, or next decade, or several decades from now? By posting on this site, I give up my rights to control how my writing is used – forever! Here’s the clause from World Pulse's Voices of Our Future Section 7:

Content Ownership. …However, with respect to content any participant makes available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Site, including without limitation any and all Entries [to VOF], each participant hereby grants …the worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable and fully sub-licensable right to distribute, reproduce, publish, publicly display, publicly perform, modify, adapt, translate, and otherwise use such content (in whole or in part), and to incorporate such content (in whole or in part) into other materials, in any format or medium now known or later developed, in Sponsor's sole discretion, without notice, payment, attribution or other obligation to such participant of any kind.

I’m torn. I do not believe WorldPulse would steal my work, but, if that‘s the case, why would they post on their TOS that they can? If they believe in empowerment -- as I believe they do – why require their members (us!) to give up our rights to our work in order to post on their site?

So, my question to you, my new friends in my community who share the divine femininity: What should I do?

Kelly Hayes-Raitt
www.PeacePATHFoundation.org

Kelly Hayes-Raitt
www.PeacePATHFoundation.org

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