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ORGANIZATION | World Pulse
BIOGRAPHY | 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 – a global 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.
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.
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.
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VIDEO: Jensine speaks about the power of World Pulse