A Celebration of Women™
is elated and honored to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse woman leader, a visionary with the ‘knowing’ at the core of her being that through the Unity of Voice of all Women the sustainable positive change needed to Save our Planet, is possible.
Celebrate one of our newest WOMEN of ACTION™, a significant voice in enabling a sustainable, positive global change for all women.
The beauty of this woman is that she believes: “It’s Possible!”
“Equality of Women Among Women” is our mantra, and this woman lives by it, enables it and has devoted her life to it … <3
WOMAN of ACTION™
Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen is a social media expert, international journalist, and recognized leader in the movement for global women’s empowerment. At age 28 she founded World Pulse – an action media network bringing women a global voice– after working as a freelance journalist covering indigenous movements and ethnic cleansing in South America and Southeast Asia.
” When I was a young girl, I would lie on my stomach on sun-warmed grass covering the hills of Southern Wisconsin and absorb stories. I was shy and preferred to run away from the ordinary chaos of our family’s old farmhouse into the ancient rolling fields. As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to “see” the truths of the human experience, even if it meant terrible pain. But the burning questions that would carry me to the last page were “What now?” “What is the way forward?”
As I grew older, my knowledge of the world’s suffering grew larger than my child’s imagination could ever hold. I knew, for example, that millions of people, especially girls, were born and die, beaten down in spirit and body, never knowing that they could dream. I wondered more urgently: “How can we ever heal?”
At the age of 18 I left home to work as a freelance journalist covering indigenous movements and ethnic cleansing in Southeast Asia. By 23, I was living and working in Thailand, near the Burma border as an undercover journalist, searching for clues to understanding one of the world’s most enduring and heartbreaking tragedies. I already knew many of the tales I would hear—the agony these women, young and old, felt while fleeing grinding poverty, rape, and ethnic cleansing. At night, I tossed and turned knowing that many would end up like the tens of thousands of women and girls from Burma in underground brothel death traps.
I daydreamed of time-stopping the perpetrators—the troop movements frozen. I envisioned the women and girls stepping out from their dark lairs, tentatively poking their heads into the quiet streets, grasping hands, finally free. I saw them congregating, reuniting, embracing, talking, and crying, building small communities to heal and care for each other. I heard them eagerly discussing and creating blueprints for a society where the horrors they had faced would never again take place.
When I returned to the US, I longed to start a media company that would broadcast the voices of the women leaders and refugees I had met. Their voices endlessly pulsed in my mind. But I was terrified—my own voice somehow caught in my throat. It took me years to gather the courage and strength to step forward and find the help I needed to give this World Pulse life. I drew from my experiences as an international journalist witnessing the unsung Gandhis, Aung San Suu Kyis, and Martin Luther Kings moving forward in country after country, sometimes risking their lives to speak their truth. These are ordinary people like you and me, who simply said to themselves and others — “It’s possible.”
Today I am proud to bring you a media enterprise that illuminates the world around you. With coverage that transports you to the streets and villages of distant lands. Exposing us all to the human forces creating courageous solutions for our future and beckoning you to join us.” Jensine Larsen
After successfully launching a print magazine, in 2007 Larsen turned her eyes to the future of communications technology in the developing world. She pioneered an interactive global women’s newswire where women worldwide –including those using internet cafes and cell phones from rural villages and conflict zones– can speak for themselves to the world and solve global problems.
Most recently, Larsen has launched a new program that is training women in web 2.0 citizen journalism and empowerment and fostering a network of women citizen journalists from some of the most forgotten regions of the world.
Today 40,000 women in over 185 countries are connecting through World Pulse and producing a multiplier effect of change. Women previously unknown by the global public are having their stories picked up from World Pulse by the BBC, PBS, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the UN, and the Huffington Post and beyond.
In addition, by networking through World Pulse’s website grassroots women leaders are finding job opportunities, starting new programs and businesses, launching women’s cybercafés, and finding international speaking opportunities that are changing their lives and lifting their communities.
With her finger on the pulse of women’s voices globally, Jensine is increasingly sought after for inspirational keynotes, current affairs lectures and radio programs and has appeared on NPR and PBS and presented keynotes and panels at TED, Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, Bioneers Global, Digital Earth, WebVisions, Women in Technology International, the Women’s Funding Network, and the Conference on World Affairs, to name a few.
Jensine has been recognized with several leadership awards including being honored as a contemporary woman spiritual leader by the Auburn Seminary with a “Lives of Commitment Award” following in the footsteps of Alice Walker and Jane Goodall.
In addition, she was selected as a “Woman Who Inspires“ by Donna Karan alongside such luminaries as Susan Sarandan, Fatima Bhutto, and Uma Thurman. Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney has selected Jensine as one of six “Next Generation Changemakers” under 40 in 2011.
Holding a degree in Comparative International Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison (1999), Larsen is also a Young Leaders Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She was appointed to Portland, Oregon’s Vision Committee, which was established by Mayor Tom Potter to chart the city’s 30-year vision by listening to the visions of its citizens. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Nobel Women’s International Campaign to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Women Have Wings, and Ripples to Waves: A Stanford University program on Social Entrepreneurship and Development, Stanford University.
About Me: I love listening to the voices of women from around the world.
My Passions: Any woman or child who lifts her voice courageously. I developed paralyzing shyness in my elementary school days. I had been homeschooled in the countryside, and my parents brought me into the public school. I remember the feeling of my voice, trapped
My Challenges: Impatience for realizing big visions. Getting distracted easily with exciting new ideas and new people . . .
My Vision for the Future: A world connected and transformed by women’s voices
My Areas of Expertise: Founder and CEO of World Pulse. Media and communications. Journalism. Visioning. Marketing. Delicious flavors.
My Languages: English, Spanish
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JENSINE on Radio, Sisters of Spirit
Jensine Larsen – WOMAN of ACTION™
November 25, 2012 by 4 Comments