An unstoppable, award-winning social media entrepreneur, speaker and visionary, Jensine (Yen-See-Nah) is the founder of World Pulse, a digital communication network connecting women worldwide and bringing them a global voice. Today World Pulse is powered by tens of thousands of women from more than 190 countries, including those from villages using internet cafes and cell phones, collectively improving the lives of 2.2 million people. For over a decade Jensine has made it her job to listen to women on the ground around the world. She is a frequent speaker on how social media and technological innovation is a powerful accelerator for women’s global empowerment. More about Jensine
NEW HUFFINGTON POST COLUMN
I kicked off the year with a new column on the Huffington Post. My column explores the fascinating ways women are using digital media to mobilize for change across the globe. First Up: "The Day Women of the Congo Seized Control of the Internet" and "'Access to the Internet is Life' say Women Across the World" which discusses the new report I had the opportunity to consult on - "Women and the Web" that examines how we can bridge the digital gender divide.
HONORED WITH SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
_ World Pulse CEO and founder Jensine Larsen has been recognized with several exciting new leadership awards. Following in the footsteps of Alice Walker and Jane Goodall, Jensine was honored to receive a "Lives of Commitment" award celebrating contemporary women spiritual leaders by the Auburn Seminary in New York. In addition, she was selected as a "Woman Who Inspires" by Donna Karan alongside such luminaries as Susan Sarandan, Fatima Bhutto, and Uma Thurman.
Last but not least, Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney has selected Jensine as one of six "Next Generation Changemakers" under 40 to be featured in their just-released Perspectives in Philanthropy journal. Download the journal here.
NEW WORLD PULSE VIDEO
BEYOND THE WORLD PULSE LIVE TOUR
_Fourteen speaking events. Five Cities. Three incredible voices. Thousands of audience members. One epic journey that changed us all. As Martha would say in her Colombian accent as we toured the country, “Beyond. Be-yond!” Soon this one word--beyond—became the mantra we all used to describe our experiences.
Martha, along with Beatrice from Uganda, and Sarvina from Cambodia, touched down in Portland, Oregon in October exhausted, nervous, and elated. Collectively they had booked enough miles to circle the equator. Read more
RETURN FROM EAST AFRICA
I recently traveled with a World Pulse delegation of women leaders across the dusty Kenya plains to the lush hills of Rwanda. We met face to face with hundreds of World Pulse online community members, danced and connected with grassroots women in churches and fields, and hosted Speak Out forums with leading figures in parliament, human rights, law, and media. I came away irrevocably convinced of the readiness of women leaders to push their voices to higher levels and to use communications technology and new media to accelerate women’s empowerment in their communities. Read more + Photos
ON STAGE AT TEDWOMEN
I was so proud to witness the World Pulse Voices of Our Future correspondents Sunita Basnet of Nepal, Jacqueline Patiño of Bolivia, and Malayapinas of the Philippines take the stage as speakers at the first-ever TEDWomen conference along with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Eve Ensler, and other global leaders. It was a dream come true for me to sit in the back row and watch them shine. They were so nervous, it was their largest audience ever! Read more.
MEET THE NEW VOICES OF OUR FUTURE
Our powerful class of new citizen journalists is breaking stories from some of the most unheard regions in the world: Yemen, Burma, Afghanistan, Liberia and Colombia. Thirty-one women are buried deep in their 5-month training, tackling hard issues from corporate environmental pollution in South Africa, to bride burning in Afghanistan, to the Thai-Burma border conflict. In just a few months of being involved in our program, correspondents have fought successfully for their land rights, been featured in major films, and selected for international speaking engagements. You can follow their writing and see their faces on our Voices of Our Future program page.
EDITOR'S LETTER: THE NEW SILENT SPRING
Growing up my playgrounds were the fields and streams surrounding our old farmhouse in the hills of rural Wisconsin. I learned the rhythms of insects and birds, the song of the frogs lining our creek.
Year by year, though, my family and I began to detect unsettling changes. Our breathtaking constellation of stars faded as lights from the suburban sprawl encroached, and birdcalls no longer lulled me to sleep on summer nights. One day I found our stream stagnant and rotten, choked with yellow foam. It had become contaminated from chemical run-off from the neighboring farms.
When I began reporting around the world, I recognized a mourning similar to my own in the eyes of women in the Amazon whose sacred lands had been coated in oil spills. More
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