Become a Creative Contributor at youB®
We invite you to share your knowledge and wisdom with the youB community. We’re currently accepting submissions for writing, art, music, spoken word, and video that aims to inspire, inform, and motivate.
What We’d Love to See:
We are building a community that is a safe space to share our stories around a core set of environmental and social values that promote respect, equality, and wellbeing for people and the planet. We are looking for creative contributions that are informative, inspirational, and motivational to fuel members to Be the Energy Behind What Matters ™, now and into the future.
We ask that you begin by looking over our youB Values, and reflect on which 1-3 of these you are most passionate about, have knowledge in, or a desire to learn more about. If you have any questions on this, feel free to reach out!
Consider who you want to inspire, and what you want them to be motivated to do after engaging with your work. Try to include one or more specific actions they can take in their own lives to be the change. As you consider motivation, think about specific, measurable requests: What are the goals? How often will they do this new action? Who benefits from this, including self and others?
We understand that not every piece of work will always include all of these elements–a poem, for example, may be inspirational, but not necessarily informative. These are simply guidelines to aim for.
Aim for 3-5 minutes to read, watch, or listen to your submission.
Each contribution must be original, not previously published or presented outside of youB. However, you can adapt or review content that is published elsewhere, as long as the original work is properly cited.
Possible sources include: interviews, research, personal experience, and reviews of other creator's content (music, art, book, etc).
If your work builds off of another creator’s content (including another youB Creative Contributor’s content), that referenced content must be specifically identified (author’s name, content title, date published, where published, hyperlink) or with a link to the original work on the youB platform.
Wherever facts are presented, sources of references must be included.
Content must be non-partisan, not endorsing or critiquing specific political candidates, parties, or officials. It can address specific government policies.
Content can be submitted as a series (i.e., part 1, 2, 3, etc.). However, each component will be evaluated on an individual basis and may be either accepted or declined.
What We’re Not Looking For:
Sexually explicit content is not allowed.
Content that encourages violence directed at self or others is not allowed.
Content cannot be used to promote any specific company, product, or service. However, you may recommend types of companies, products, or services. One important exception to this rule is that if Creative Contributors offer experiential learning or workshops, either online or offline, that are directly tied to one or more of the youB Values in their submission, they may reference these experiences in their content, with links to the offerings in their Member Profile--provided that the experiences have been previously accepted for posting on the curated youB platform.
Work may be declined for significant grammatical, structural, or spelling errors. Remember to proofread your submission.
Submission and Editorial Review Process:
We encourage you to start by sending us your idea. What is your intention for this work? Who is it for? How do you want people to feel when they read, watch, or listen to your work? What do you hope they’ll do as a result?
You are also welcome to send us already-completed works, as long as they are aligned with our guidelines.
Once your idea or completed work has been submitted, please give us 7-10 days to review your work. If you’ve sent an idea, we’ll let you know if it sounds like a good fit, and give you any feedback to further hone the idea. Please keep in mind that this does not guarantee the piece will be accepted once the full work is submitted.
We’ll select quality works that are in alignment with our guidelines above. After careful review, youB reserves all rights to accept or reject any submission. If your work is accepted, we will let you know if there are any suggested changes.
Creative Contributor Frequently Asked Questions
What is the vision for the youB curated content platform?
Published content on the internet can be riddled with dire descriptions of what’s wrong, making it hard to find information on what’s working well. And most social media is geared to keeping you in an information (or misinformation) bubble, selling your personal data, and targeting you with ads.
youB is taking a different approach. We’re creating a community platform that’s focused exclusively on core environmental and social values. All content, in any medium, will strive to be informative, inspirational, and motivational so it can serve as a catalyst for our members who want to Be the Energy Behind What Matters™.
Our mission is to support the millions of people worldwide who care deeply about people and the planet—living our values at home, at work, and everywhere in between. We’re a community supporting each other to be better, do better and make things better.
Who can submit content for consideration?
We invite you to share a personal story or one that describes what an individual or organization is doing to have a real positive impact. Join in the energy behind a global social and environmental shift-- find and share examples that will inform, inspire, and motivate other members.
Anyone in the youB community can submit content for consideration. youB reserves the right to accept or reject any work. We’re currently building a portfolio of accepted content. For an idea of what we’re looking for, and maybe some inspiration, check out the content in our online community.
Why submit your content to youB?
If your creative ideas align with any of our environmental or social values, youB offers you a global community passionate about people and planet. We offer multiple ways for you to connect directly with other members and build visibility within our community.
How is submitted content accepted for publication?
All content submitted for publication must follow the youB Curated Content Guidelines. Briefly, a Creative Contributor must select any one to three values from the youB Environmental and Social Values. As stated above, the work must strive to be informative, inspirational, and motivational. Additional information can be found in our guidelines.
After a piece of content is submitted to youB, it is reviewed by our Managing Editors and the Editorial Team for quality and alignment with youB values. The work is either accepted without modifications, accepted contingent on modifications, or rejected.
Can previously published content be submitted for the youB platform?
At youB, we love to share. If you find a “Gem” of content, share it with the community! Previously published works can be reviewed, summarized, or reworked from the original content to conform to youB guidelines. These cultivated “Gems” are still subject to our normal content review process.
How will youB members and visitors find submitted content on the youB platform?
Anyone can read, listen, or view Creative Contributors’ work, without a membership requirement or paywall. Your work can be shared anywhere!
Published content will be searchable by value, so anyone interested in your topic can easily find your work. This is why it’s so important to identify one to three values when you submit your work. It will also be searchable by Creative Contributor names, titles, keywords, dates, and medium (prose, poetry, video, audio, imagery, and mixed media).
youB will heavily promote Creative Contributor Works on other media beyond the youB platform. In addition, any member or visitor on the youB platform will be encouraged to share content widely, on other platforms, and to their friends within the youB community.