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Finding Work that Feeds Your Soul

A combination of big systems advocacy, creativity and direct work feeds me.
Luckily, in my current work, I am learning a lot about international development systems, the process of starting a nonprofit (it's arduous!) and how to engage and partner in the global community. As my employer continues to grow and establish itself, I hope to develop and build the creative ways in which I support their work. Writing consistently in my PulseWire journal and reading other women's entries, has been particularly rewarding- as it is a very unique marriage of creativity and connection, reflection and journalism.

Continuing my work and education in the field of international development is my career goal. Since I'm working with an organization that has developed my focus on the significant and necessary participation of women across sectors, I would like to find a way to continue working with that focus. In the next year, I hope to travel to our current project sites in rural, southwestern Tanzania. There I will be able to meet community members and help in conducting baseline surveys. Being directly connected to the women and men who are participating in the programs we are funding is very important. Also, meeting our partner organizations in person and understanding how they are implementing their programs, is of the utmost importance. Once I have expanded my skill set to include field work, I will have a more clear vision of my continued path. At this point I cannot compare my experiences here, in the office with working in the field, since I have yet to experience that aspect of our work. I am open to and excited about potentially living abroad and dedicating myself to finding partner organizations, but, since I don't have experience with that work, I am not sure how successful I might be or how that role might feed my needs. Finally, it is important that my natural and learned skills support my organization to the fullest. Exploring working in the field would have to include an honest evaluation of my continued work.

As I've participated in WorldPulse's "Voices of Our Future", over the last 4 weeks, I've realized that, while WorldPulse is a great venue for me to connect with potential partners and learn from women from around the world, I am not the best candidate to be a Correspondent. I have enjoyed so much reading, commenting, writing and connecting with women around the world. And I hope to continue my involvement in this community by reaching out to and corresponding with women. I would like to continue writing and reading and hopefully, through the community, I will not only continue learning about the global issues faced by women, but I will also be able to apply these connections to my professional work by finding potential partner organizations,

Already, the connections I've made via WorldPulse has been incredibly enriching: personally and professionally. The process has been exciting. Placing the power of investigative journalism and reporting in the hands of women around the world can only result in a richer, more honest reflection of our global challenges and successes. Our many and extremely varied societies can only benefit from the learning and sharing that this community provides.

I am honored to have been a part of this group and I know that it is just the beginning of my WorldPulse path. Thank you to all and I wish all the best to both those women who are selected as correspondents (congrats!) and those who will continue to participate and learn. Thank you to World Pulse.

Comments

YAOtieno's picture

Speechless

Hi Collen,

I am not sure i like your article this time. I think you know which bit I don't like - you opting out of being a Correspondent! That's left me speechless.. wasn't expecting that but I also understand what your explanation why. I have learnt to appreciate the power of doing less so one can achieve more and how to say no to some opportunities that we think are good for us. I admire and respect you for having the courage to do and I really hope that you will keep writing and sharing your thoughts at WP. I gotta stop writing before i get emotional....Sigh! I feel like I am a loosing a friend that I just got to know...:-(

I wish you well as you plan your trip to Tanzania next year and lets keep chatting on email

Sending hugs your way,

Y

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

NEWCourse_Colleen's picture

don't worry!

Y,
Thank you for your comment.
I am very moved by your reaction of me opting out- I just don't believe that I am the target audience for this program- that the training might serve some of my sisters from around the world so powerfully. Being a part of this community has been powerfully positive and I will continue to be involved through reading and reflection.
I look forward to staying connected to you!
~
C

Colleen Robertson
Project Manager
New Course
www.anewcourse.org
Twitter: @NEW_Course
crobertson@anewcourse.org

NEW Course is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit created to empower rural women in vulnerable ecosystems to sustainably manage their resourc

Jasmine Linabary's picture

Thankyou

Colleen,

Thank you so much for sharing about your work. I'm glad that even though you've decided that you aren't the "best candidate" for the program that you've been enriched by the experience and your experiences with Pulse Wire. I hope you continue to use this platform to express yourself, network and build relationships with other women from around the world. I hope we'll be able to read more about your work and what you are learning here in the future.

Best of luck to you.

In friendship,
Jasmine

NEWCourse_Colleen's picture

in response to Thank You

Jasmine,
I look forward to doing just that!
thank you for taking the time to comment and for the encouraging words.
~
Peace,
Colleen

Colleen Robertson
Project Manager
New Course
www.anewcourse.org
Twitter: @NEW_Course
crobertson@anewcourse.org

NEW Course is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit created to empower rural women in vulnerable ecosystems to sustainably manage their resourc

Beverly Rose's picture

Dear Colleen, I so enjoyed

Dear Colleen,

I so enjoyed reading your essay ()and your journal). You sound like an incredible woman. (and I intend to research New Course). I truly believe you have much to offer on all levels - locally and globally. As a reviewer for Voices 2011, I am sorry you have chosen to opt out. However, I respect your choice. Thank you for being seflless.

Wishing you peace, joy, love, and safety
Beverly

NEWCourse_Colleen's picture

response to Beverly

Beverly,
Thank you for your comments. I am a writer somewhere deep down and this experience with PulseWire has really encouraged me to make it a regular habit! If you don't practice something, all the day dreaming in the world won't make you better at it! So, thank you for that encouragement. I will try to keep in the habit of journaling here and elsewhere.
As a reviewer, I hope the process goes well for you and I look forward to see who is chosen to participate!
Such as rich, talented and exciting group of women from which to choose! I don't envy you your tough decisions!
~
Peace,
Colleen

Colleen Robertson
Project Manager
New Course
www.anewcourse.org
Twitter: @NEW_Course
crobertson@anewcourse.org

NEW Course is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit created to empower rural women in vulnerable ecosystems to sustainably manage their resourc

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