I love the fact that contributors are free to write about many issues, that we have a true voice, and can put forth our personal ideas and opinions about the issues.
Agodo Shabella Patience
Being able to break down a topic that bothers me and sharing my found knowledge is very fulfilling for me. What is knowledge anyway if you keep it all to yourself? WiB gives me a platform for this.
I love working with WiB's diverse global team, sharing, discussing, and implementing new ideas in an environment that is always innovating, engaging, and welcoming.
I like writing for WIB because it is a publication concerned about the human side of conflict and current affairs. It also gives me the opportunity to work with a truly international network of people
I like writing for WIB because I feel it is different, not only because if the way it is designed but for its honesty and openness to discuss a wide range of human rights issues. And it is such an amazing and supportive community of contributors.
Diego da Silva Rodrigues
Personally, for the first time I feel my academic work is actually reaching people.
Working with WiB has allowed me to see things from different perspectives. At WiB, you are part of a Team of highly skilled professionals who, by fomenting discussions through information sharing, bring about possibilities for multicultural understanding and social change.
There is power in writings and the writings give people power; that’s what exactly I am doing with WIB.
There is so much power in unity, its the ultimate reflection of global citizenship
I love having the opportunity to share my ideas, knowledge, and passion. It’s especially inspiring to be writing as part of the WIB team, whereby each writer is creating space and awareness for a diverse array of social justice issues. Additionally, I can’t say enough about how great it is to have the guidance and support of the WIB editors.
Lorenza La Bella
"I like writing on Wib's Film column because I can review films that fascinated me and I have the chance to share my thoughts on pressing social issues through a cinematic perspective"
What I like about WIB is that everyday is a learning experience, it is a dynamic workspace, an intercultural community. Thanks to our work with experts and researchers, it has enriched my knowledge of issues I care about and allowed me to explore new ones. That is WIB's strength.
I love the fact that the editors and contributors come from all over the world, which makes the website really unique.
I like the value WiB gives to my ideas and their willingness to support them. I like that WiB colleagues are constantly concerned about bringing diverse voices and give voice to young people willing to put their ideas in the world.
Words in the Bucket is a diverse hub for analysis and opinion on international issues. Together it's contributors help to uncover an alternative narrative to mainstream media.
I love writing for WIB because they aren't kidding when they say "Rethinking World Thinking." It's all about bringing the issues forward and viewing them through a different lens. We need more people to think like this, because we need to uproot the status quo.
I enjoy the opportunity to gather, synthesize, and share information from a unique yet objective perspective with the aim of informing and inspiring readers.
There is a power in telling a story, and it’s important to understand and be aware of this when you give a voice to a story and let it be heard. It matters what kind of stories we give a voice to, especially when this story might go unnoticed and unheard otherwise. So, that’s one part of what fascinates me about writing for Words in the Bucket. On the other hand, we are constantly being overflooded with information these days, and I feel it’s extremely valuable to reflect on all the processes and tendencies we witness. Reflection on ‘world thinking’ is also the main goal of WIB, which I find particularly interesting and am grateful to be part of.
I see WiB growing day by day, and this makes me proud. I feel honored to have the chance to work in this great multicultural team. This wonderful project is contributing to enhancing my personal and professional skills.
Agodo Shabella Patience
"I love WIB because it gives me a platform to express and grow my passion for the environment through writing!"
WIB has been an incredible professional journey which has opened many doors for me as well as improving my project management, writing and editing skills. I become more proud of it every day.
I enjoy the diversity of people and cultures through writing for WIB. The team of editors come from different countries, as well as the contributors, so naturally this is a big bonus for me.
“Well-presented reliable information can become knowledge, knowledge can become action, and action can become change.”
Words in the Bucket aims to promote a philosophy in which sharing of information and raising awareness are a fundamental basis for change. And we would like to have you be part of this change!
What you get?
With us, you will be part of a vibrant team of people of all ages and cultures, all with the same goal: to spread reliable information and try to change things. You will be able to collaborate with other contributors who may help you on your research, with translations amongst other things. You will receive great editing and writing tips, as our editors dedicate themselves thoroughly to each article, giving you one on one advice.
You will join a team in which your voice will be heard, and your opinions will always be considered. The WIB team simply expects mutual respect and effort in the work we are doing.
We cover issues and stories from every part of the world; there is no discrimination of ethnic groups, disabilities or sexual orientations. We have created a space in which people are free to express themselves without discrimination.
What do we expect from you?
- Your commitment, interest, and collaboration.
- That you use reliable sources.
- That articles are within range of our main topics (gender, development, human rights and environment) and our columns (stories, films, and sounds).
- That articles are in line with our ethical principles.
We are open to suggestions, therefore do not hesitate to bring up different topics and methods, we will listen! We prefer to work with contributors who can write regularly but you can also join as a guest writer.
There are two types of contributors in WIB: regular and guests. Regular contributors are an integral part of the team, can discuss article angles with editors and are given more visibility on the website and our social media. Guest contributors write sporadically and have less interaction with the team.
If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your background and topics of your interest. You will hear back from us soon with more information.
If you only want to write sporadically, send your complete piece to email@example.com with the subject line “Guest post: Title of your article”. The editors will review your article and let you know as soon as possible.
What should you send us?
- an email clearly stating who you are, where you are from and what your interests are, and how they are relevant to our platform.
- a piece that is not longer than 1000 words.
- a piece that is in line with one of our topics, which you should specify in the email.
What should you not send us?
- A piece that is longer than 1000 words (going 10% over the word is totally fine! but not more please)
- A blog post.
- A piece detailing the work of a particular NGO or organization you work for (we want to talk about the issue being tackled, not the organization).
- A piece that promotes any type of religion or political party.
IMPORTANT: We are a platform for experts, activists, students, researchers, concerned citizens and aspiring writers who share ideas and discuss a variety of topics. As of September 2016, we have decided to do not accept work from professional journalists as we are currently unable to pay for articles.
We wish to state this clearly, because although WIB is not yet in a position to pay for professional journalists’ work, we are against media platforms offering low rates or unpaid work to professionals who spend time researching and writing.
Where our contributors write from?