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An unexpected journey

It’s not easy trying to decide which events have led or motivated the journey I want to undertake now. I think something that definitely influenced me were the profound social changes happening in my country while I was growing up. Nicaraguan people had just overthrown a bloody dictatorship that kept in power for almost fifty years. So I grew up in a time of radical social changes when listening about social struggles and inclusiveness was very common. In spite of the darkness brought by the counter-revolutionary war imposed on Nicaragua during the 1980s, we also experienced the power of solidarity and hope. Many people from around the world were working in solidarity with Nicaraguan people back then, so I learned very early about the importance and unsuspected power of connections and collaboration.

Later on, my work experience in a nonprofit organization, which facilitated sister relationships between communities of faith from the USA and Nicaragua, taught me how critical is to connect people at a deep and meaningful level, share each other’s stories and build relationships based on interdependence as opposed to the dependency patterns that have characterized relationships between the global North and South. In pursuing these alternative ways of engaging with the ‘other’, communication plays an essential role. When people from diverse backgrounds and places come together and start sharing about their dreams and things that really matter to them, they can realize how much they have in common and uncover walls of misinformation that have been blocking and keeping them apart.

A few years ago, I was involved in a Global Economic Justice Program at an NGO based in Nicaragua. Here, I had the chance to learn about crucial issues impacting Nicaraguan and Mesoamerican people’s lives, which were not being addressed in traditional media. Not only was I able to learn from alternative news sources, but also from the voices of grassroots organizations and social movements, at a local and regional level. I remember wondering myself, how come no one is talking about this on the newspapers or TV?!

How did I find out about World Pulse?

Last year, I had a wonderful opportunity provided by an incredible nonprofit organization based in Seattle, iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service (http://ileap.org/). They gave me the privilege of being part of their International Fellowship Program, through which I met people from different regions of the world working for positive social change in their own communities. I experienced the significance of networking, collaboration, need of renewed global leadership, media and the power of storytelling. In the midst of this exciting adventure an amazing woman from the iLEAP staff ‘introduced’ me to World Pulse. After a couple of conversations we had, she thought I might be interested in this beautiful initiative, so she gave me an issue of World Pulse Magazine! And she was so right… I fell in love with it!

Comments

Iryna's picture

Nicaragua by the eyes of USSR

Maddy, you reminded me that time when I was a little girl and so far from politic. But so often from Soviet TV I could hear about "Nicaraguan delegation visited Soviet Union", "we support buiding socialistic country in Nicaragua" and so on. To me all seemed so beautiful and romantic. But now I understand that reality is a little bit different and not all was so beaufitul. For me your story is very interesting :)

Maddy M.'s picture

You're right, when you're a

You're right, when you're a child things look so different. We used to hear a lot about the USSR, but as you say, reality was quite different... disenchantment came later.

Pushpa Achanta's picture

Nice...

...to know your views and experiences. Continue sharing and collaborating to unite women across 'boundaries'.

Warmth,
Pushpa

Chantelle Hollenbach's picture

Thank you for sharing..

Hello Maddy

Thank you for sharing your story of personal growth into important work connecting us across the globe...We do need to stand in solidarity against all that oppresses us! Well done on your piece I enjoyed reading it...

Chanti

Maddy M.'s picture

Thank you, Chanti. Indeed we

Thank you, Chanti. Indeed we need to be united and build walls of solidarity across the world!!

Mander10's picture

I really liked this piece,

I really liked this piece, and its emphasis on your desire to find the connection between seemingly different people from different backgrounds on a "deep meaningful level." You did an excellent job at illustrating how the story of your past has (positively) affected your current work. Keep up the good work!

HARMONY's picture

You always fall in Love with

You always fall in Love with WorldPulse.

Great story!

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