The bubbling up effect… When I grow the world grows, when I change the world change.

My personal vision is to create opportunities of change through developing my writing skills to use as an empowerment tool for women in my community. I want to use writing as a tool of empowerment, talking about issues that affect me, the personal and the political. Writing of personal experiences and giving my readers the opportunity to use it as a platform for debate and change, a platform for other women to reflect through my experiences on their own.

The statement “I write what I like” has become my statement of change, a reflection for me on how important my story is. In week two of the V.O.F assignments one of the readers commented on my story “I would like to hear your voice, I would like to read your personal story”, these words sing in my mind every time I pick up my pen or sit in front of my PC to write. Realising more and more how important it is for me to tell my own story and doing this doesn’t come with out its challenges of having to be in a constant reflective space and past experiences, this however is giving me the opportunity to create my future, the future that I desire, that is with out prejudice, pain or self sacrifice required from me to just be me.

All of this growth has been offered to me through the past four weeks, doing assignments, communicating connecting with other participants and just being on browsing around. I see myself as a role player for change in society and voices of our future have given me the platform of reflection. I want to be a V.O.F correspondent as I believe that only more positive growth that and will be facilitated by this project for me, giving my community the chance of having a global voice through my writing, being guided through a process of transformation for positive growth now and for my future. Many great minds spoke of the ‘self’ and how one should develop the self for the world to be a better place. I believe in this that only if I create change in myself can I create change in my community/society/world.

Working from the bottom up, nurturing and sustaining myself through living with in my vision but not letting it be a barrier to create more positive change. When change occurs in my life it automatically occurs outside my life…”When I grow, the world grows, when I change, the world change.” And WEB 2.0 is the step for me towards internal growth and change.

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Your Vision.

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Bravo Olivia!!!

I love your vision, "when I grow, the world grows and when I change, the world change" is empowering for women to realize the change begins within us! Words are powerful and personal discovery through writing is transformational. Your gift and passion as a writer will inspire other women to find their voice through web 2.0 and writing in their journals.

I appreciate how you value taking the time to get to know "you" and all the complexities of emotions, experiences, intelligence and realization of our own self worth and the unique gift/skills we have to contribute to humanity. As women, we often do not take the time to care for ourselves because we are busy taking care of others.

I look forward to reading more about your journey and encourage you to mentor other women through the process of self discovery and writing. Your voice and story through VOF is much appreciated and valued. I call this the "Olivia Effect" and in the spirit of the famous words of Ghandi, "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Go Olivia!!!

With gratitude,

Linda Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

It takes a great person to see the potential of another.. thank you for your comment.. I have been on my 'self' re-discovery journey for all of my adult life.. realising more and more this is a life long journey, that this space of reflection is needed to keep my activism real, to see the beauty with in myself I see the beauty in the world.. I know that mentoring others is a possiblity and this is the platform.. thank you.. Olivia

Yes when you grow , the world grows and when you change the world changes! Your single voice is bringing change to a whle generation and it is valuable!

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Harmony .. The gentle breeze sing with the trees.. Harmony.. fishes glide in the ocean surf.. Harmony.. tears fall gently down the curves of her face.. Harmony.. let us entwine in each others struggles.. Harmony.. Lol.. askies just left my creative mind take the lead there lol.. enjoy your week and thank you for your inspirations.. Write - it bring clarity.. it brings change..

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Sounds like you have wholeheartedly embraced this idea and that you will be able to make real and positive change by starting bottom-up and spreading your message! Keep up the good work!


My job starts with me neh.. postive change starts with me :-), with out support from strong women that I have connected with on Pulse Wire, my inspiration will die.. No woman is an island.. Enjoy your week.. Write - It brigns clarity, it brings on change!