Website: Global Voices Online…and yours

Written by on October 26, 2007 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

I have just found the most amazing website: Global Voices Online It is one of the most exciting endeavors I have come across in a long time. Global Voices Online is a media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

How Global Voices Works:

Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.

Finding one’s voice is the heart of the healing journey. It’s part of my passion as an individual and a singer/songwriter. It’s the topic of so many of the songs I write. But being heard is the realization of that healing, or at least, the real catalyst for it.

What good is a song that is never heard, a story that is never listened to, a life that is never acknowledged? These things are meant to be shared. And what’s true for the individual is true for a community, a people.

When you are heard, not only is it now possible for others to respond, but you, knowing that you, your situation, your feelings have been acknowledged almost become a new creature.

You are invigorated with new strength. A sense of esteem for yourself is born or strengthened and suddenly, you feel you have value…and most important, hope.

Invisibility is the devil. No matter what someone has done to you or what you’ve gone through, if there is no acknowledgment of the experience, that blindness and deafness to you becomes equal to or worse than the crime, itself.

Even if someone is contemptuous or apathetic of your experience, while hurtful, that’s at least admitting it happened. Invisibility, also, permits the atrocity and abuse to continue with you and/or to find other victims, unabated.

Global Voices Online is a gift of empowerment, where people ignored by the general media, can speak and be heard. Where situations can be highlighted and made known.

I’m embarrassed and ashamed of what passes for news in America. We know more about our spoiled rich kids and what they wear and how many times they’ve been arrested for DUI or other stupid stuff, than what’s going on with our global neighbors.

I’m woefully ignorant of what the world outside of my own is really like. I’m changing that. I’m going to start by listening to bloggers around the world, just like me. Individual voices of regular people, comparing and integrating them into larger synopsis written by reporters.

Because I’m a part of it. And whether I’m silent or vocal, whether I speak words of ignorance or awareness, I’m contributing something to the world – whether I like it or not, whether I would be proud of it or not. It’s that way for me and it’s that way for you.

“All voices, everywhere, to be heard”. What a beautiful affirmation and a wonderful effort to make that a reality. This is idealism at its best – setting the goal, the ideal and then making it happen.

I contemplate on this. I know the stories of many of my brothers and sisters around the world will be sad. But for this moment, I will allow myself to be grateful. Grateful they have a channel to voice their pain, their fears

And maybe, together, all of us, we can find a way to kindle that hope, and through individual and communal effort, give them reason to hope, so that one day they may have reason to celebrate.

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About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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