I have a confession: I’m not a fact-based person. Especially when it comes to numbers. I often blunder statistics or phrases in conversations and have been known to tell people the U.S. soccer star, Landon Donovan, is 5’2”. In fact, I only get statistics right 42% of the time…

That’s why I love stories. Personal stories can’t be wrong. I can’t misspeak my own experiences and perceptions. No one can argue my perspective of what I have gone through or how it has impacted my life. Stories may be ignored, but the personal experience can’t be mistaken. Stories are real. They are raw and often life-changing.

This is what drew me to work here at World Next Door – the opportunity to be a part of compelling, honest and, let’s face it, sometimes hard-to-read story telling.

Working in social media over the last few years taught me the incredible impact of “sharing” stories. Information spreads quickly – from your friend, to a friend of a friend, to a stranger. All it takes is one voice – my voice, your voice, our voice – to bring attention to the things that stir our hearts.

WND shares first-hand stories from our travels and hopes you then continue to spread the word and share them as well. So in the spirit of sharing, we found a few stories from around the web we thought you’d enjoy.

Take a few minutes to check out these videos – one is a pretty powerful trailer for a documentary set to release this fall, and the other provides comedic truth to things we strive to bring light to in all our stories – opportunity and hope for those all over the world.

 

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About the Author: Kelly Voight is World Next Door’s Communications Coordinator. Experienced in journalism and in love with travel, she desires to shed light on social injustices around the world. Kelly has never met a pizza she didn’t like, loves camping and has never told a short story in her life. She also plays a mean washboard.

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  1. JimM said... 

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    May 5th, 2012 at 10:56 pm  

    Thanks Kelly. The Half the Sky clip was compelling.

    And this…

    “Working in social media over the last few years taught me the incredible impact of “sharing” stories. Information spreads quickly – from your friend, to a friend of a friend, to a stranger. All it takes is one voice…”

    Is so true!!

    Silence is injustice’s best friend.

    Peace.

  2. Kristen said... 

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    May 9th, 2012 at 8:57 am  

    Thank you for posting the African American Men video. I just finished a Cultural & Diversity class for my grad program and this really hit home. I even shared it with my professor!

  3. Tasha Simons said... 

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    May 10th, 2012 at 5:20 pm  

    Kelly,

    I’m currently reading Half the Sky (thanks to Barry lending me his book) and I love it! Today, I watched Billy Hybel’s interview of Nicholas Kristof, one of the authors of this book. It was an excellent interview. There are many compelling, honest, and hard to read stories in Half the Sky. I’m reading it slowly to take it all in and to pace myself as it can be emotionally hard to read as the stories are so heartbreaking. Thanks for posting this video about the documentary coming out. I can’t wait to see it. I agree that sharing stories is so powerful. That’s why I really enjoy reading WND. You all do a wonderful job of sharing powerful stories in a way that draws us in and compels us to take action. What a gift this ministry is to so many!
    Blessings, Tasha

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