Ever since starting World Next Door a year and a half ago, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing from many of our readers through emails, article comments and face-to-face conversations.

And as much as people enjoy our articles and photo galleries, there are a couple of things that I hear pretty regularly… Some people don’t understand how best to interact with our articles and not many people understand that World Next Door is more than an online magazine!

More than just an online magazine!

So, in an attempt to help people develop a better understanding of how World Next Door works, I want to lay out a few simple things that you may not actually know…

Interacting with World Next Door

Links

I understand that some of our readers are not particularly tech savvy, so I want to point something out that might help you get a lot more out of our magazine…

Have you read our old articles from Ukraine?

Did you know that whenever you see red text in one of our articles, it’s a “link” to another page or website?  Clicking on these links will take you to related articles, informative web pages or illustrative videos.  Try it!

Email Subscriptions

Now, if you’re like me, you have a hard time remembering to visit websites and blogs.  Even if you add World Next Door to your Bookmarks, it’s easy to let it slip from your mind.

That’s why we offer email subscriptions to our article content.  If you sign up for email subscriptions (did you notice the link there?), we will send you a short reminder email every time we post new content on the website.  That way, you never have to remember to visit.  We’ll remind you!

Old Content

Did you know that every article ever written for World Next Door is still right here on the website?  If you’ve just recently begun following us, you’ve missed out on a lot of great stuff!

There are several ways to look up past articles.  You can simply browse the archives, which list all the articles sequentially or by month, you can look through our trip recaps, which have links to every article written on each of our trips, or you can even browse our articles by the issues they cover.

More Than A Magazine

As I mentioned above, World Next Door is not just an “online social justice travel magazine.”  Sure, it’s a major aspect, but we have other important ways of accomplishing our mission of turning ordinary people into wild-eyed social justice revolutionaries…

Justice Seminars

We can help you connect.

After traveling all around the world,  reading stacks of books on relevant subjects and interviewing a whole range of different kinds of people for this website, our journalists have become pretty knowledgeable about the inner workings and dynamics of the issues we cover.

Because of this, World Next Door offers Justice Seminars to help your church, business, small group or short term trip team get engaged.

Justice “Consultations”

One of the great things about traveling all over the world and interacting with a whole range of organizations is that we now have trusted friends and partners in just about every region of the world covering just about every issue you can think of.

But we realize that you don’t necessarily have that luxury.  So when you or a friend or family member wants to get involved with, say, a ministry helping orphans in Africa or an organization working with water purification in Central America, you might not know where to start.

That’s where we come in.  We can help get you plugged in with organizations that fit perfectly with what you care about.

If you want to talk with one of our journalists one-on-one, please email us at info@worldnextdoor.org.  We’ll set up a phone call or even a meeting over coffee to help make your dreams a reality!

Join us!

As you can see, World Next Door is more than just a magazine!  And now, as we prepare to move into a new season of discovery and exploration, we want you to be a part of the team.

Subscribe to our newsletter for the inside scoop, volunteer your time and energy, or even support us financially!

We really can make a radical difference in the world… but it begins with that first, small step.

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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Comments

  1. Jim.M said... 

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    April 29th, 2010 at 11:37 pm  

    Thanks Barry for the great bit of direction on how to navigate the site, and for the explanation about the other dimensions to WND. I think the mission statement under the “About Us” link at the top of the page gives the reader a “to the point” look at whats at the heart of this online magazine.

    For the reader who is not quite a at the “wild eyed revolutionary” stage, but is growing more uncomfortable on the couch, or in the arm chair as they read about God’s work among “the least of these”, what are some practical suggestions for the reader to get involved? Whats the answer to…”I can’t read anymore without getting in the game…what do I do now?”

    Also you mentioned financial giving. As WND has grown, and finds itself embedded with organizations around the world bringing stories about the work being done on the leading edge of the Kingdom the operating expenses have no doubt also grown…What are some specific ways your readers can contribute to this work.

    One final question if, is there any problem with the readers sending a link to WND’s site to friends, family, their pastor, priest, or other members of their church, or posting it on social networking sites such as facebook?

    Thanks friend for your work.

    j

  2. Jim.M said... 

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    April 29th, 2010 at 11:59 pm  

    Barry,
    I just clicked on the links above…and what do you know most of my questions were answered, (it takes me a while but eventually I catch on), if you have some additional suggestions for the readers on how to take that “small step”, that would be helpful.

    Thanks again.

  3. Barry Rodriguez said... 

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    April 30th, 2010 at 9:21 am  

    Jim,

    At the end of most of our articles, we include “Next Steps” for people to take. These usually include ways to give financially, places to volunteer, books to read, etc. So for people who want to respond but aren’t quite ready to contact us (re: “Consultations”), that is the place to start.

    People can absolutely send World Next Door’s articles to friends, family, co-workers, etc.! In fact, at the top of each article is a small “Share This” button which opens up several ways to share an article with others.

    Finally, if people are interested in supporting the work of World Next Door they can visit our Give page (http://www.worldnextdoor.org/give). There they will find several different ways of contributing to our organization.

  4. Lisa said... 

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    September 4th, 2012 at 2:10 pm  

    I love the new partner pages! Very organized and easy to access! Great job, as always!

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