Inspiring Change by Sharing Stories

Posted September 24, 2010 from United States

I have been fortunate to grow up in a developed country with understanding parents who wished to share the world with me. In high school I had the opportunity during my summers and volunteer in countries around the world including Cost Rica, Botswana, China, and India. I then pursued my undergraduate degree in International Relations.

When I finished my degree, I started travelling. My travels took my from my university in Boston to London, Sydney, South Africa, and China. In my travels I began to recognize the differences around the world. Living in the UK and Australia I grasped a greater understanding of how others in the ‘developed’ world think. In South Africa I saw the both the beauty of nature and the disparity of the people. In China, I saw how quickly a country could ‘develop’, and that fast development had both positive and negative affects on society and the environment.

This led me to pursue my Master’s degree in International Development and Environmental Analysis. One of the things I enjoyed most about my studies was hearing the stories and learning about all the creative and innovative ways people around the world have been working to change their situation.

So I started blogging about these stories. A couple of years ago I got an email from an individual at World Pulse who encouraged me to share my stories on the site. It was exciting to learn about the site and this community of women who come together to share their stories from around the world and Voices of the Future has inspired me to engage the site more regularly.

I am currently living in New York City and this past week the UN Summit has been going on. I started the week at a Stand Up Against Poverty event. The event brought together a number of organizations who are working to end poverty. At the event I met an amazing young women who is working with women’s groups in Zimbabwe. She had come from half way around the world to meet and learn from organizations working towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Last night I attended a networking event for organizations who are interested in International Development. A diverse group of people from various different causes gathered to discuss what they were doing to create change. I had a long conversation with a doctor from India who had come to America to finish a degree in public health. His belief was that being a doctor wasn’t enough - to really create change one must also be involved in policy. Treating an illness is not enough, you must also confront why that illness exists in the first place.

These events of the past week and others I have been to in the past have inspired me. It is possible to create change in the world and tools such as Pulse Wire bring people together to find ways to do so.

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  • bintu
    Sep 24, 2010
    Sep 24, 2010

    The world is quite an amazing place to leave. I am honoured by the extra mails you went to discovered the difference between the rich and the poor, even to get grip of the world around them, in trying to reach out for positive change. Like the Doctor whom you meet, whoes over view of change goes beyond administering or treating patient, rather factors that gives rise to stimulate and promote the development of deases. With all the apluse i can gather from the living, and in memory of women race who died in the course of one abuse or the other, say keep the flag flying. If all the privillaged women of this planet will give five minute of their time to this venture, life will be as meaningful. Keep initiating and encouraging and inspiring women. No stop to it Women most leave again. Bintu

  • Sahar
    Sep 24, 2010
    Sep 24, 2010

    Everything is possible only if we have the courage to do it !

    Middle eastern countries are waiting for you to visit !

  • Pushpa Achanta
    Oct 04, 2010
    Oct 04, 2010

    Dear Nicole,

    Thanks for sharing your versatile interests and various experiences. May they increase...

    Best wishes for continuing your journeys of, with and through life!

    Cheers, Pushpa

  • Khushbu
    Oct 05, 2010
    Oct 05, 2010

    Dear Nicole

    It is great reading your post. I am really happy that you are using your education and knowledge in the best way possible. You did not have to do all that you are doing, but you chose to do it. And it makes me immensely glad.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    Best Khushbu

  • JessiSchimmel
    Oct 05, 2010
    Oct 05, 2010

    Hi Nicole,

    Sounds like you have had some very interesting experiences. But I'm so curious to know what happened next? When you were in South Africa or China, what did you do while you were there? What lessons do you have to teach those of us who haven't gotten to travel to those amazing places and what can we take away from your post that will effect positive change in the world?

    You have a clear and easy to read writing style, I'd look forward to reading more anecdotes about your travels and events.

    Thanks, Jessi