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Reminder: Week Two Due Plus Other FAQS

Dear Applicants,

We are almost half to the finish line! This is your gentle reminder the the second assignment - your personal stories - are due by Tuesday, March 31st at 11:59 Honolulu Standard Time.

Here are some questions that have come up over the past week:

Q. I already turned my assignment in. Did you receive it?
If your assignment has been posted to your journal and titled correctly, we have it!

Q. How many people are evaluating my assignment?
At least two Listeners per week will be evaluating your assignments. They have been instructed to leave you comments, however, some of them are using web 2.0 for the first time and are feeling nervous... so not every Listener may have left comments or identified themselves as your Listener. Our hope is for total transparency, so please be patient as we iron out the kinks in this process. Most importantly, we want you to know that your voices are being seen and heard. Thank you for showing up so fully.

Q. What am I being evaluated on?
You are being evaluated on the following criteria:

Did you complete the assignment?
Did you follow the instructions, such as word count, title format, and where to post?
Was your writing clear and descriptive?
Was your writing personal and original?
Did your article offer a positive vision?
Did your writing demonstrate leadership?

Q. I continue to post journal entries to the Voices of Our Future Group. Is this okay?
This Group is reserved for weekly assignments, updates, and questions about Voices of Our Future only.
Although we are thrilled to see that the recent journal entries by applicants have ignited conversation, this group is not the appropriate forum. We will be unpublishing all journal entries that are not weekly assignments, updates or questions that have been posted since March 15th and we will republish them and the comments to the authors' journals. Thank you for understanding.

Other questions? Please post them here!

In Spirited Partnership,
Jennifer and The World Pulse Team

Comments

malayapinas's picture

hi! i don't know if i can bet

hi! i don't know if i can bet the deadline today but i'll try my very best. I just came back from community work and i can't access the week two assignment . can i have the details of it? i'll be happy if i can submit it to my post.

best regards and more power.
malayapinas

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Week Two Assignment

Greetings, Malayapinas,

The learning material and assignment for week two can be found here: http://www.worldpulse.com/node/8550

Assignment:
Tell your personal story. Describe the journey that led you to our community and inspired you to apply for Voices of Our Future. How does this journey fit into your personal vision?

Instructions

* Your story should be less than 500 words.
* Post your article in your personal journal on PulseWire by Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 11:59pm HST.
* Your title must be labeled as, "VOF Week 2: (your title)." You will place your own title in the parentheses (Your Title).

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

malayapinas's picture

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for answering my request. I tried to submit my journal yasterday before the deadline time. I'm so happy that I was able to, however I made very little editing some additional point in joining the Voices of Our Future,

It's so empowering /inspiring reading comments.

more power!
malayapinas

sunita.basnet's picture

Have a problem?

Dear Jennifer,

Thanks for your reminder now I am in confuse. While submiting the article we need to labelled as, "week two: (article title)." Do we need period or not? I knew it is late to ask a question but I would be happy if you reply me as soon as possible.
Thank you for your valuable time.
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Periods? Not for titles!

Sunita,

Hello, my newest PulseWire friend. I just accepted your friend request. Thank you!

I am laughing out loud (LOL) because of how easy it is to be confusing when the only means of communication is virtual!

Great questions and to answer... no, you do not a period in the title. The period in the instructions are grammatical, meaning to end that sentence. Make sense? So, your title should be:

VOF Week 2: Your Title

Typically titles don't have periods.

Love,
Jennifer

p.s. I am sending a link of this conversation to Corine Milano, our managing editor, to check my grammar and fill in any grammatical gaps I might have missed! :-)

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Dear Jennifer,
Thanks for sending me third assignment but I didn't get the link in my gmail account. Why is that? It has mentioned see the link below but there is no any link. I am also resending your email.
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*This is an automated email message. Please do not reply directly to this message but click on the links indicated at the end of this message.*

Dear sunita.basnet,

We thought you would like to know that Jennifer Ruwart has posted to the group "Voices of Our Future Applicants."

In a post titled "Welcome to Week Three: Blogging," Jennifer Ruwart wrote:

/Click here to access Week Three Assignment and Learning Material [1] /

/Read on for this week's welcome letter from a dynamite blogger, Cheekay Cinco of APC Women's Support Networking Programme!/

Hello, Fantastic Women and Welcome to Week Three!

I am Cheekay Cinco. I'm based in the Philippines, but I work for an international network called the Association for Progressive Communications [2], specifically in the Strategic Technologies and Network Development Programme (STaND). We are so excited to partner with World Pulse to bring you this program.

I have participated in Internet and technology-based initiatives in various ways throughout my life. The topic you will be covering this week, blogging, is one that I feel very strongly about.

To be honest, the first time I ever heard the concept of "blogging" (back in 2000), I was skeptical. Why would anyone want to publish their journals online? Aren't journals supposed to be private and confidential? Surely, this 'blogging' hype won't work!

But like all nerds, who just have to prove themselves right by testing the very thing that they just knew would not work, I set up my first blog.

And I fell in love.

With the fact that it was such a personal tool that would allow users to have a personal relationship with the Internet. With it's potential to allow women (in particular) to represent ourselves.

With how it has made online publishing so simple, changing the power dynamics between those that know technology and those that don't. No longer will anyone who wants to write have to rely on someone else who knows how to manipulate HTML to get their content online.

It also has to be said that there are limitations to blogging’s potential. For one thing, blogging exposes one to online threats: hacking, spamming, and all sorts of online security risks. The more you put yourself out there, and especially if you are blogging about controversial feminist issues, the more you gain recognition and lose your anonymity. Thinking about secure online communications is critical to continue the great work that you are doing online.

Another barrier to the potential of blogging is simply that not everyone is 'natural' blogger. It's a unique writing style, quite different from that of a journalist. I find that the most effective blogs (or at least the ones that I love to read) are those that are very personal with very clear points of view. For me, the trick has always been to trust my perspective and experience. And to write as if I were talking to myself and my friends.

And the third challenge, I believe, is blog fatigue. It's so hard to keep blogging consistently and continuously (I should know, I've yet to update my personal blog in a really, really, really long time). For this, I am still finding the answers (so I'm hoping some of you would share your thoughts with me) but it's also good to remember to approach your blogs as a 'discipline,' plan your updates (what you're writing about, when you'll do it).

Good luck to you all this week! I hope you learn lots -- and discover creative ways of appropriating blogging for women's rights.

In solidarity,

Cheekay Cinco [3]

p.s. Click here to access Week Three Assignment and Learning Material [4]

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Thank you for your valuable time.
With Love and regards
Sunita Basnet

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

efe's picture

what can i say?

i actually did it this time.I discovered days after the dead line that my first VOF entry was not registered. I am guilty. I probably submitted more than five hundreds words. I know you gave us instructions on how to count but i am rather slow with things like this so i did not do so.When i saw the first reminder on submissions, i never imagined that my entry did not register,. I sent the second one anyway . I am enjoying the community. Would still like to continue even if i cannot be an applicant.

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Please tell me more...

Efe,

I am not sure I understand, so please clarify for me. Did you attempt to submit your week one assignment? If so, do you know what happened?

Regardless of the outcome to this situation, we would be disappointed if you did not continue with our community. It is courageous, vibrant women like you who make it the special and unique community it is. Don't leave us!

Love,
Jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

olutosin's picture

I AM AT A LOST

Ho!
You have eally succeded in confusing me, though it might not be what you are out to do, my titles are in the periods, you should not have included it if you didi not want it there. the mistakes is from you. I am sorr to say. We were really instructed to place the title in parenthtesis, I downloaded it in my desktop and was always checking it

It says put your own title inthe parenthesis, in the brackets, tha is the instruction we are following to the letter. I need your urgent response.

Olutosin

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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olutosin's picture

ONCE AGAIN

Hi Jennifer,

So sorry to bother you again, I went back to check the first assignment instruction, you should not have placed the parenthesis there and also follow it with another bracket and should not have written, place your title in the bracket, it may be one of your tactics of disqualification anyway. PUT YOUR OWN TITLE IN THE PARENTHESIS, BRACKETS.

I do not have access to the internet like all the people out there so I am very particular about details whenever I am opportuned to be on the net. I followed you instructions.

Olutosin

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

efe's picture

reply to your question

i posted my week one assignment but i did not bother counting the words. It may have been more than five hundred words. When i checked my personal page, i did not see it reflected.

lucy m's picture

POSTING AFTER THE DEADLINE

I posted my second assigment after the deadline. Will it be read?

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