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Hi Everyone,

As we hit the mid-way point of this year's program, I wanted to take a moment to check in with you all!

In particular I am curious how the relationships between current Correspondents and VOF graduates are forming? Have you had time to connect? I know we are all very busy between work, family, and social obligations... and, of course we can throw access issues on top of that to complicate things even more. But, have you been able to share any supportive advice for dealing with all of these multiple, overlapping obligations? Have you lent your supportive eyes and ears to the editing and writing process? Or, maybe you have suggested some ways to build a connection with the Mentors and Midwives?

We all seemed to think that it would be good to make a direct connection-- so, how is that working out? Is there anything we can do to support your connection?

When you can let us know!
Lots of love to you all,
Scott

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WILDKat's picture

Linking

Yes, Scott, I am actively looking for ways of connecting last year's correspondents with this year's writers. Also, resources come across my desk which I freely share with initiatives begun from last year's writers.

Thanks for your continuing encouragement and support,

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

mrbeckbeck's picture

You're a champ!

Thanks for being out on the front-lines Kat, always supporting the community in whatever ways you can find. Your support makes the program come to life!
-Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

warona's picture

Connections...........2012 here we come!

Dear Scott,

Hey man whats up over there, hey with me here its been ....mmm i cant complain, its been okay.

Really i never had time to connect , i wish i had done that immediately the sisters arrived.Hey the ups and down of life have held me so long and am ever busy this side. All the same i know what it means to connect with the global sisters. But i will also work on this.

Thanks for remembering me Scott, mis you a lot dear!

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

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Nice to hear from you!

Hi Warona,
Great to hear from you dear! I know it's a busy life, and that you'll join in on PulseWire when you are able! I hope you have been well, and that we can connect more in the near future.
Best wishes,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dear Scott, Thanks for

Dear Scott,

Thanks for bringing this up, yes I have been having direct connections with the current correspondents in general and with those I have paired with specifically.

Though I am quite busy and my internet connection is unpredictable as its on and off mostly I read their stories and comment and even sometimes we exchange private messages, so yeah our inter connection is good and no matter how busy I am, Worldpulse is the first I check whenever I get access to the net.

Best regards,
MA

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Thank you!

I appreciate your input. I am thankful for your participation, and know that you will continue to show your leadership to the entire PulseWire community, and especially within the VOF program.

Wishing you well,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

amiesissoho's picture

Dear Scott, I have noticed

Dear Scott,

I have noticed such efforts especially from Kat Haber in linking me with sister AcheingNas from Uganda. I'm not sure how it works but if the graduates access our postings and are able to comment it will also help in connecting with them. Like I noticed when I posted one of my draft assignments on the Correspondents Network I got comments from members who are not on this year's list and that was good.

just some thoughts.

Amie

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Good idea

Thanks for your comment Amie. I'm glad that you were able to get comments from the graduates. Anyone is able to make comments in the VOF group, but posting it here, in the Correspondents' Network is the best way to make sure everyone sees your post.

Good luck and have fun with the Op-Ed!
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Monica Clarke's picture

Ten out of Ten!

Dear Scott and Team (Emily I m still hoping we'll skype soon!)

I do appreciate the structure of this course. Your attention to our ongoing wellbeing is really appreciated. I particularly like the fact that your responses to us is individual and personal when needed. Thank you.

I personally find it difficult to do all the things I wish to do, so building contacts with people personally is kinda difficult. I don't know about the others, but I can just about manage to read a few articles by colleagues on the course each week and want to respond, but sometimes can't because I feel it important to get to know a bit about each person before writing to them and this is time consuming. My inside does get a big buzz connecting with them when I read about them and I try to read their journals and outside blogs as far as I can, for I like looking behind people's words. I do try to encourage others where and when I can.

About previous correspondents: I have started a nice relationship with my sister and hope to skype with her, but am not too sure what is expected of our relationship, I must be honest. She does respond to me and I have got to know her, and she has given me encouragement through comments. It would be nice if others would say how they think the relationship could be nurtured in other ways.

I'm in constant touch with my mentor and midwife though (my priority), and this is working really well. We know when each of us will be away, what our weeks are like and we fit in around each others schedules very nicely. Our communications are by email and Skype when needed, or telephone if necessary (the stipend is a real bonus thanks!). I think that having a mentor and midwife for each of us is just such a brilliant idea. In all my years of working in organisations and being part of teaching teams I have never come across a support mechanism so well thought through and effective. Ten out of ten!

It is good to see that World Pulse is in its own organisation taking advantage of its own tools to smooth things for us as learners. I will be promoting the mentor/midwife method of support in other organisations as and when I can - am putting it in my memory box as part of the slide presentation for the workshop which I hope to conduct for Module 6 (- howz that for thinking ahead - fingers crossed)!

I've been quite ill from a fall in London visiting my daughter and grand daughter and have just enough energy right now to get through the next assignment, so I have probably not been as active in World Pulse as I would have loved to be, but I hope this will improve soon.

I must say that I don't have much time to check out the rest of the site, what a pity but I know this will change when the course is over.

Thanks for everything you are doing. I look forward to hearing your voices on our Skype-in his week. (Scott, dont you ever think of getting rid of that beared - it's good for my hormones!)

Love and hugs from Monica n France

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

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Great feedback, thanks!

Hi Monica,
Thanks so much for this thoughtful reply.

I know what you mean about there not being enough time to do all of the reading, commenting and exploring on PulseWire that you would like to. I think that this year's group in particular is very active and engaged outside of the program, making the multiple responsibilities hard to juggle. I've been impressed how well everyone has been doing! It's a day-by-day effort to make time to feed your heart and soul.

I'm sorry to hear you've been ill and had a fall! That is scary! I hope you're mending up and taking time to heal after that.

It's so wonderful to hear your feedback about the mentor/midwife connection. We have put a lot of thought into making a strong triangle of support for everyone, and it's so incredible to see how those relationships build over the course of just a few months. I'm glad you're thinking of bringing this model into your own work for the Each One Teach Five project... I can't wait to see how you take that and run with it!

Thanks for replying, and I hope you're having fun getting started with the Op-Ed assignment.
Take care,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

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