Global Issues Through Local Eyes
We are Correspondents of the World, an online platform where people from all over the world share their personal stories in relation to global development. We try to collect stories from people of all ages and genders, people with different social and religious backgrounds and people with all kinds of political opinions in order to get a fuller picture of what is going on behind the big news.
At Correspondents of the World we invite everyone to share their own story. This means we don't have professional writers or skilled interviewers. We believe that this approach offers a whole new perspective on topics we normally only read about in the news - if at all. If you would like to share your story, you can find more info here.
We acknowledge that the stories we collect will necessarily be biased. But so is news. Believing in the power of the narrative, our growing team of awesome editors helps correspondents to make sure that their story is strictly about their personal experience - and let that speak for itself.
With Correspondents of the World we do not just want to collect stories - we want to connect people. We believe that sharing personal experiences helps to better understand one another. We encourage interaction between writers and readers, and champion dialogue at eye level especially on topics that tend to turn toxic elsewhere on the web.
Although we just started a few months ago, we already have a great community of people from all over the world. While face-to-face meetings are difficult at the moment, our Facebook Community Group is THE place to be to meet other people invested in Correspondents of the World. We are currently running a series of online-tea talks to get to know each other better.
Speaking different languages can be a major factor in hindering good communication - or preventing interaction at all. We have a growing team of translators to allow correspondents to write in their own language, and then translate their stories into English. We also try to translate stories into as many different languages as possible to make them assessible to other language communities, too.
All Value And No Profit
Correspondents of the World is about people, not about money. And we mean that. So far, our core team are carrying the little expenses associated with running a website, and all our editors, translators, managers and correspondents are adding an immense value to the project every day without monetary compensation.
We are registered as a non-profit in the Netherlands as Stichting Correspondents of the World (KvK Number 82491534, RSIN Number 862491356) and currently are in the process of being registered as a charity (Dutch: ANBI status).
You can download our official statutes here (Dutch: Statuten), or download our Beleidsplan 2022 or Hoofdlijnen Beleidsplan (an updated version of our policies). For an abridged English version, please check our Vision & Mission statements. If you have questions about Stichting Correspondents of the World, please feel free to contact Joost (chairman).
For now we run Correspondents of the World with the little pocket money needed to host a website, so we can give you free access to the stories we collect. And we plan to keep this free access to all our stories without annoying ad banners in the future too - so we'll have to figure out how to do so in a sustainable manner when our operating costs increase.
At Correspondents of the World, we want to contribute to a better understanding of one another in a world that seems to get smaller by the day - but somehow neglects to bring people closer together as well. We think that one of the most frequent reasons for misunderstanding and unnecessarily heated debates is that we don't really understand how each of us is affected differently by global issues.
Our aim is to change that with every personal story we share.
What started with an idea and a design sketch for a website a little over a year ago now is becoming a proper platform. Everything we've achieved so far is due to the awesome team behind Correspondents of the World, thinking big, sharing their ideas and spending their free time to build a unique project. Our core team is the first port of call if you want to get into contact with Correspondents of the World, or if you have any questions about our project. We don't bite. Promise.
Although we started just over a year ago, Correspondents of the World has a quickly growing community of correspondents - and a dedicated team of editors, translators and country managers.
Correspondents of the World is as much a community as an online platform. Please feel free to contact us for whatever reason!