Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Frequently Asked Questions

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

2. When is the assignment due?
The assignment must be posted to your journal by Tuesday March 24, 2009 at 11:59pm HST (Honolulu Standard Time).
time and is a great website to find out what time this is where you are:

3. What should I title my article?
Your title must be labeled as:
"VOF Week 1: (your title)".
You will place your own title in the parentheses (brackets).

4. Can I write my story in my native language?
At this time we are unable to read assignments in all languages. The primary language for submission is English. However, if your language is represented in our translation tool, our Listeners can use it to read your application. To find out, locate the "Translate Page" box on the top right of the page. If your language is there, you may write in your native language.

We look forward to welcoming many more languages in the future!

5. How to 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 group of Listeners, composed of World Pulse community and team members. Our goal is to create an evaluation process that is empowering and transparent, yet maintains a high level of integrity.

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. What will I be evaluated on?
You will be evaluated on your ability to follow the instructions and the content of your assignment.

8. 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.


Voices of Our Future Application: Week One

Introduction to Web 2.0 and Citizen Journalism

Week One of the application process has been designed to provide applicants a basic introduction to web 2.0 and citizen journalism. These are rich and complicated topics. We know we have barely scratched the surface of it.

Whether you are an avid blogger or just recently learned to use the Internet, we hope that you learn something new and valuable this week that supports your personal goals and vision for yourself in a Web 2.0 World.

So, what is Web 2.0?

The term Web 2.0 represents a new trend where anyone can create information and stories and share it globally on the Internet. Instead of information only being read like a book, a community can interact, share and create together around the information.

For example, on sites like PulseWire you can write about your own life, make friends you have never met, upload photos, and dialogue about things important to you.

  1. Write a 500 word or less article that describes:
    • What most excites you about Web 2.0;
    • What solutions you think Web 2.0 brings to the global women's empowerment movement; and
    • Why and how it is empowering for you.


    • Your article should be less than 500 words.
    • Post your article in your personal journal on PulseWire by Tuesday March 24, 2009 at 11:59pm HCT.
    • Your title must be labeled as, "VOF Week 1: (your title)." You will place your own title in the parentheses (brackets)..
  2. Get to know your fellow Voices of Our Future applicants on PulseWire: visit their profiles, comment on their journal entries, add them as your friends, and explore PulseWire!

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

Learning Outcomes

During this week, I will be introduced to:

Program Partners and Sponsors

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative