Quaker Voice founder, John Michaelis, will lead an interest group at World Conference of Friends in Kenya (17-25 April 2012). John will present Quaker Voice as a new online Friends publication with an international focus; as a place for Friends to publish and read news written with a Quaker lens; a place for Friends across the globe to share about their work in troubled regions; and a place where Friends can publish without the filters that often are applied by the commercial press.
In the corridors and lobbies, John met Friends representing international Quaker organisations (such as FWCC and QUNO) who expressed interest in Quaker Voice as an open and free forum for international information exchange and discussion.
In Kenya, John has also been able to speak with representatives of on-line Quaker journals. These are usually independent organisations which need to support their staff from income generated by subscriptions and advertising. Quaker Voice has a different business model. It is published under the auspices of Australia Yearly Meeting of Quakers, and has a modest share in the financial resources allocated to The Australian Friend, their official publication. Like The Australian Friend, Quaker Voice is run by volunteers and has no paid staff. This means we do not rely on paid subscriptions and are able to get started without advertising revenue.
Quaker Voice is freely available to anyone in the world who has access to the Internet, and represents a unique opportunity for Quaker organisations, Meetings and Churches to speak to the world.