I wish to open this quarter's newsletter by extending my arms wide in a digital hug to all who engaged in our Path to Participation Initiative! It has been a truly exciting four weeks which, with the close of the initiative just on Thursday, was flooded with submissions from women around the world speaking out about Education, Health, and Gender-based Violence, to help us all chart the #PathThere to women's full and equal participation worldwide.
As you will see below, we have reached so many milestones like this one in these first few months of 2015, both as an organization and as a global network of change-makers. Our story is your story, and whether we are connecting to help each other feel heard, or providing resources to advance each other's visions and work, we are changing the world together. Thank you for being a part of this worldwide digital revolution!
Jensine Larsen, Founder & CEO
WHAT'S NEW AT WORLD PULSE:
- New WorldPulse.com Receives AVA Platinum Award
- Women of World Pulse Continue to Win Awards
- World Pulse Partners with Clinton Foundation to Chart the #PathThere
- Community Champions Usher In a New Model of Leadership on WorldPulse.com
- We Listen, The Community Leads: Our New Online Mobilization Training
- The Latest from the World Pulse Newsroom
- Vocal Uprising Campaign Successfully Completed
- World Pulse Welcomes New Board Members
- Calendar of Events
2015 AVA Award
Just weeks after the January launch of World Pulse’s next generation web platform, we received the AVA Platinum Digital Award for nonprofit website excellence—the highest in its category. Our new site is designed to grow and sustain millions of women’s voices as a powerful force, featuring interactive topic hubs, multi-lingual capabilities, and leadership badges, all while being mobile-friendly and low-bandwidth.
World Pulse Member Urmila
It seems like every quarter we are flooded with news of community members receiving awards and recognition for their incredible work. Many of them give partial thanks to World Pulse for the transformational connections and support they have found on our website. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Urmila Chanam of India (pictured) for winning the National Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity for her campaign to end the stigma against menstruation in her country; Chi Yvonne Leina of Cameroon and Stella Paul of India for being named by Women Deliver as Top 15 Journalists for their consistent and game-changing coverage of women's and human rights issues; Pakistani leader Iffat Gill for receiving technical support from Beyond Access to create a network of community technology centers in Pakistan; and Sister Zeph from Pakistan, winner of World Pulse’s Lynn Syms Prize, who was recently featured in an achingly beautiful documentary by Channel Asia!
Join Us on The #PathThere!
Last month, World Pulse teamed up with No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project—an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—for our first major initiative in 2015 to crowdsource the voices and expertise of our community. Our joint Path to Participation Initiative surfaced personal stories and local solutions from the World Pulse Online Community, all in response to the nearly 1 million data points on the status of women, girls, and gender equality presented by No Ceilings. The initiative just closed this week, with our community submitting many incredible stories to help chart the #PathThere and seek solutions to today's biggest challenges! Read the submissions here.
Community Champion Badge
When we launched our upgraded platform in January, we also launched a brand new leadership role: Community Champions. These women are community leaders who model World Pulse’s core values and help create a thriving, interactive network. Within their World Pulse Groups, Community Champions share resources, spotlight innovative solutions, and encourage connections between members, all to create a safe and meaningful environment for discussion and building movements. Collectively, these women bring rich life experience, facilitation skills, strong voices and listening ears, passion and expertise in their topic areas, and a burning desire to learn and share new things with women around the world. These Community Champions have been leading discussion and action in our network around two important topics: Economic Empowerment and Leadership. Read about our first Community Champions here.
We continually strive to be an organization whose community leads us in the development of new programs and services. This March, we piloted an exciting new Online Mobilization Workshop Series with a small cohort of Voices of Our Future training graduates and our newest Community Champions. The creation of this training was a direct result from last year's community survey, as well as the many requests we have received directly from community members to expand our training. The series comprised of Building and Creating Content, Facilitating Online Discussions (and how they lead to offline facilitation), and Resources: internal-to-self and network resources utilization (resource asset mapping).
World Pulse Newsroom
Have you visited World Pulse’s new Newsroom? Just this quarter, World Pulse has been featured on Toolbox.org—a new platform for tools aiding social change; and LetsDoMore.com—the GAP corporation's new social good platform. We’re thrilled to be able to more easily share the latest news with you this way, and would so appreciate you sharing these articles with your networks to continually spread the word about World Pulse.
We are proud to share that, thanks to the generous support of our dedicated funders, we were able to successfully close our two-year funding campaign, which raised $3.5 million to grow the leading digital network powered by women speaking out and leading change in every region of the world. Thank you for being on the forefront of our work! If you or anyone in your network is interested in supporting World Pulse and would like to learn more, please contact us.
Welcome New Board Members Colleen Abdoulah & Karen Watson
We are honored to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors. Colleen Abdoulah leads WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, and is the only female CEO to lead a top-ten cable operating company. Karen Watson is a veteran communications and public policy executive and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine in 2014. Welcome Colleen and Karen!
Check out these opportunities to connect with World Pulse in the coming year!
Social Innovation Summit
June 10-11, 2015; Washington, DC
Catch World Pulse's panel at The Social Innovation Summit in Washington, DC next month! The summit convenes those who are not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to really build it.
Emerging Women LIVE
October 8-11, 2015; San Francisco, CA
World Pulse will be speaking at Emerging Women LIVE, which works to ensure women have a strong voice in shaping our world’s future by supporting and inspiring women to express themselves authentically through the work that they do.
Bioneers National Conference
October 16-18, 2015; San Rafael, CA
It'll be back-to-back speaking appearances for World Pulse as we join the stage at Bioneers for the third time! Bioneers is a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.
I am really grateful for World Pulse. You have changed my life, literally. I have learned that there is always a story to tell, always a vision...and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue [my journey] with you.
—Shahd Majeed, Iraqi Voices of Our Future Alumna & Participant in the Online Mobilization Training