Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Empowerment Works, Inc.

  • Oakland, CA
  • www.empowermentworks.org

Mission Statement

Empowerment Works (EW) is global sustainability
think-tank in action empowering citizens, businesses, and organizations to co-create a healthier, culturally rich, and environmentally secure future.

Main Programs

  1. The Global Summit - biennial social innovation forum
  2. 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) Education Outreach
  3. Partners in Empowerment (PIE) Global Action Network
  4. Fiscal Sponsorship: Reducing Duplication. Catalyzing Impact through Collaboration.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Globally, working from
the grassroots up, EW empowers local citizens with the tools they need (appropriate technologies, micro-grants, education) to address the issues that matter most. In the USA, EW manifests positive
social change through creative educational forums and events
promoting cross-cultural appreciation and environmental
responsibility for the world we share.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Melanie St.James

Director-South East Asian

Self-reported

Ms. Bandita Thapa

Keywords

Self-reported

HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING, EMPOWERMENT, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH, EDUCATION, HEALTH, RESEARCH, APPROPRIATE TECHOLOGIES, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AIDS, ENVIRONMENT, PARTICIPATIVE APPROACHES, COLLABORATION, COALITION, CLEAN ENERGY

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Also Known As

Empowerment WORKS

EIN

31-1796801

 Number

0630577496

Physical Address

1793 Northwood Ct

Oakland, 94611

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Economic Development (S30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Seeing our most critical challenges (Climate Change, AIDS, Poverty, Population & Globalization) as inextricably linked, EW engages sustainable businesses, responsible media groups, artists in action, social entrepreneurs, collaborating non-profits, and educational institutions in win-win collaborations for an integrated global response.

In the world's most marginalized, yet culturally rich communities, EW empowers citizens and grass-roots partners with the tools they need (access to capital, appropriate technologies and education) to apply their resources in sustainable locally-based solutions to the issues that affect them most.

At home in the US, EW manifests positive social change through diverse educational forums and creative events promoting cross-cultural appreciation and environmental responsibility.

Through this holistic mission, EW inspires diverse citizens across the globe to realize the value of their existing knowledge, unique talents and collective potential to change the world.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Global Summit - biennial social innovation forum

The Global Summit (TGS) is much more
than an event. It is a strategic educational outreach initiative of Empowerment WORKS (EW) which has been innovating systemic approaches to global sustainability since 2001.

Uniting global Partners in Empowerment
(PIE) in year-round collaborations; TGS acts as a catalyst for EW’s
systemic approach to community development: 7
Stages to Sustainability(http://www.theglobalsummit.org/stagesoc.html) .

Officially co-created Nov. 16-18, 2008
by EW and a growing, multi-sector network of Partners
in Empowerment (PIE)(http://www.theglobalsummit.org/parthnersempower.html) , The Global Summit is the capstone of the Empowerment
Works eco-system, and an income-generating enterprise with all proceeds
supporting on-the-ground, sustainable development programs.

Hosted in a
different world bio-region (and
continent) every other year, TGS unites the most dedicated
social and environmental change makers, powerful leaders, and grass-roots
citizens to co-create global solutions, catalyze local action, and share
what works for a sustainable world.

Program
Elements and Outcomes

Through the following program elements,
TGS delivers a whole-system approach, affecting policy making, philanthropy,
and technology and elevating the primary vehicles of social, economic
and environmental change.

Civic Action – The
“Global Citizen Solutions Council”, a voluntary commitment forum,
allows individuals to co-create global solutions to the issues that
affect them most.

Impact:
- Provide new model for global policy making: Citizen input-driven
format applies advances in conflict mediation and information
technology for transparent, equitable and measurable results.





Philanthropy
– The “SEED Change Forum” unites change makers in all sectors of society,
educating participants and forming a synergistic philanthropic partnershieconomic
and environmental impact.





Technology – The
“Sustainable Technology Expo” promotes transfer of green and grass-roots-friendly
technologies, via efficiency-based awards, investment forums, and
education, advancing the Kyoto Protocol/Copenhagen targets.

Impact:
- Catalyzes immediate climate change solutions and sustainable
economic development.





Action
365

Beyond its series of events, The Global Summit™
impact is assured by Empowerment Works' participatory network of Partners
In Empowerment (PIE) and shared resource platform called 1PIE. Hosted
on TGS & partner sites, 1PIE will serve as the follow up plan, reinforcing
commitments made at TGS and facilitating participant collaboration in
locally-led social, economic and environmental programs across the globe,
365 days a year.
To learn
more about finding your place in this remarkable sustainability cooperative,
contact The Global Summit™ today.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 2

7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) Education Outreach

Not available

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Partners in Empowerment (PIE) Global Action Network

Greater than the sum of its parts, Partners In Empowerment™ (PIE)(http://www.empowermentworks.org/partners.html) is a global network of artists, citizens, businesses, organizations, media and education groups sharing tools, economic opportunities & technologies to catalyze local solutions.
EW online forums (1PIE portal in development)(http://www.wiserearth.org/group/1PIEPortal) , integrative frameworks and events support PIE collaboration 365 days/year.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$120,000.00

Program 4

Fiscal Sponsorship: Reducing Duplication. Catalyzing Impact through Collaboration.

Since 2004, Empowerment Works (EW) has provided 501c3 nonprofit fiscal sponsorship services to projects advancing our mission(http://www.empowermentworks.org/fiscalprojects.html) towards a healthier, culturally-rich and bio-diverse world.
Benefits of Fiscal Sponsorship: Organizations typically spend 20% on administration. By sharing overhead, EW enables these efforts to direct up to 95% of donor support to program needs (EW accepts a base admin fee = 5% of total project revenue). In addition, EW fiscally sponsored projects will become part of EW's multi-sector network of Partners in Empowerment, gaining access to 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS)(http://www.empowermentworks.org/approach.html) curriculum & collaboration training, social action research, community events and other mutually supportive outreach opportunities.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$25,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Collaboration: Civic Engagement through World Changing Events


    From think-tanks & press conferences to concerts & festivals, EW events cultivate & exchange leading edge solutions. EW flagship event series include:
    Artists in Action events celebrate, demonstrate and co-create an inspired future - since 2001
    The Global Summit biennial (London 2012) fosters unity through diversity - since 2008
    African Local Summit harnesses local solutions for a sustainable world - in 2012 & beyond


    Education: Community Development Outreach & Capacity Building


    Empowering and uniting social entrepreneurs with the tools they need to lead:
    EW provides fiscal sponsorship services to projects advancing our 501c3 mission
    Collaboration WORKShops strengthen capacity of all participants to co-create, uniting the gifts, resources and solutions from all sectors
    EW works with grass-roots facilitators who co-develop localized 7SS education programs


    Innovation: Setting New Standards for Change

    From EW's first innovation, 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) springs a social business ecosystem:
    EW created a multi-sector framework called Partners In Empowerment (PIE) and brought it to life with The Global Summit.
    Using 7SS to overcome social collaboration boundaries, EW created 1PIE.org technology for geographic ones
    EW's Beyond Fair Trade™ standard gives 5% of sales to local projects, where products are made.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Collaboration: Civic Engagement through World Changing Events


    From think-tanks & press conferences to concerts & festivals, EW events cultivate & exchange leading edge solutions. EW flagship event series include:
    Artists in Action events celebrate, demonstrate and co-create an inspired future - since 2001
    The Global Summit biennial (London 2012) fosters unity through diversity - since 2008
    African Local Summit harnesses local solutions for a sustainable world - in 2012 & beyond


    Education: Community Development Outreach & Capacity Building


    Empowering and uniting social entrepreneurs with the tools they need to lead:
    EW provides fiscal sponsorship services to projects advancing our 501c3 mission
    Collaboration WORKShops strengthen capacity of all participants to co-create, uniting the gifts, resources and solutions from all sectors
    EW works with grass-roots facilitators who co-develop localized 7SS education programs


    Innovation: Setting New Standards for Change

    From EW's first innovation, 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) springs a social business ecosystem:
    EW created a multi-sector framework called Partners In Empowerment (PIE) and brought it to life with The Global Summit.
    Using 7SS to overcome social collaboration boundaries, EW created 1PIE.org technology for geographic ones
    EW's Beyond Fair Trade™ standard gives 5% of sales to local projects, where products are made.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    At the foundation of Empowerment WORKS is a collaboration road map we call "7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS)" - empowering communities to build sustainable futures from the ground up.

    While Empowerment WORKS promotes 7 Stages to Sustainability as an Asset Based Community-driven Development (ABCD) framework, philosophy of self-determination and a curriculum, this seven stage pattern is also a proven to catalyst for business, technological and social innovation.

    To strengthen coherence across all sectors of society, Empowerment WORKS is dedicated to scaling this approach through the Partners in Empowerment (PIE) network, framework, and related tools - and therefore to advance mutually-supportive global collaboration in the support of locally-led solutions.

    7SS as a Framework for Participatory Community Development

    Stages 1-3: THE INTERNAL FOCUS

    1. Build a team around your ideal future. Find Partners In Empowerment - community members, local organizations, businesses & others dedicated to positive change.

    2. Assess local assets = economic opportunities. Explore the richness of human (talents, skills, cultural gifts) and sustainable natural resources right in your backyard. Take inventory of your village, city, region. (Asset-Based Community Development).

    3. Make a plan (co-create solutions). Work with your team to find the root causes of local challenges. Outline local needs, your mission, goals, how you will measure success, and then actions. Agree who will do what and how you will share responsibilities.

    Stages 4-6: THE EXTERNAL FOCUS

    4. Educate Yourself and Learn from Others. Get the basic education and skills you, your team need to make an impact. Help train those who are going to carry on the work. Identify the training & technical support local teams will need to deliver what is needed.

    5. Identify, exchange & invest in LOCALLY appropriate technologies & critical information in health, energy, transportation, construction, agriculture, water, IT, education, etc. - How can you ADD GREATEST VALUE to your LOCAL ASSETS (Stage 2)?

    6. Harness the power of the private sector to deliver what's needed & create livelihoods for people in need. Link existing resources (Stage 1 & 2) with skills & technologies (Stage 4 & 5) to develop products and services that value and protect local heritage.

    Stage 7: THE CULMINATION

    7. Reinvest in Impact & Deepen Sustainability. Build Public-Private Partnerships for Self-Reliance. As projects need to run on their own, ensure that the community support systems are regenerative & self-repairing. Develop, reinforce, refine and deepen the mutually supportive multi-sector exchanges yielding long-term income streams to sustain local impact.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Core Values
    5 Key Tenets of our Work

    1. Collaboration: Build upon the efforts of other agents of change
    Just about every initiative EW is involved in is a partnership or collaboration. Rather than acting alone or in competition, EW acts as a uniting force, and strategically engages optimal expertise, experience, and implementing capacity of complimentary local and global partners. EW leverages the power of like minded groups in synergistic action to achieve comprehensive solutions which none could accomplish alone.

    2. Positive Alternatives to Globalization
    The awareness raising work revealing unjust economic policies of WTO, provide the foundation for EW to take corporate social responsibility to the next level. EW engages businesses in Public-Private Partnerships that reverse the effects of economic globalization through the creation of livelihoods that protect indigenous heritage and promote cultural diversity. EW's growing Partners in Empowerment (PIE) network and forums build the critical mass to make this viable.

    3. Comprehensive Solutions vs. Single Issue (Band-Aid)
    Rather than specializing in one issue or creating one program for all communities, EW specializes in an integrative process (7 Stages to Sustainability) helping diverse communities resolve their most critical challenge to a healthier future, building a better world for all. By staying focused on the big picture in each community we are able mobilize limited resources in integrative social, economic & environmental action to address the root causes of poverty.

    4. Local Empowerment vs. Top Down
    When people are empowered, they find creative ways to resolve their own problems and better contribute to society and the world. EW empowers those most affected by critical challenges (AIDS, Economic Poverty, Drought/ Hunger caused by Climate Change), as primary agents of change in their communities. Local citizens are accountable to the communities they live in for the long-term and have a deeper investment in project success.

    5. Investing in Economic Opportunities vs. Hand outs
    Each community we work with has unique human and natural resources that when invested in, with appropriate technology, access to markets, and capital, can resolve many issues at once. To this end, programs are developed in concert with economic opportunities empowering local stakeholders to become self-reliant in meeting their needs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Please see http://empowermentworks.org/services.html
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Globally, working from
the grassroots up, EW empowers local citizens with the tools they need (appropriate technologies, micro-grants, education) to address the issues that matter most. In the USA, EW manifests positive
social change through creative educational forums and events
promoting cross-cultural appreciation and environmental
responsibility for the world we share.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

EW needs 500,000 capital investment to provide vital education tools and outreach programs: 1) 1PIE Portal - Complete functional development & launch its online Capacity Building education and collaboration software. 2) Help local partners in Nepal and Ghana co-develop and deliver Catalyst Action Training program, a locally-led 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) train the trainer program 3) Fiscal Sponsorship Infrastructure Support, accounting systems, monitoring and evaluation, and other basic tools to help 12 + projects of Empowerment WORKS

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Empowerment Works, Inc.

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Executive Director

Ms. Melanie St.James

Director-South East Asian

Ms. Bandita Thapa

BIO

Melanie St. James, Founder, Executive Director & International Programs Officer, believes that the key to a healthier future lies in the multi-disciplinary engagement of the public, private and non-profit sectors of the world economy. She created EW to do just that. Her experience as a trained Mediator has influenced EW's collaborative approach to sustainable development. In an effort to stop cycles of exploitation of indigenous herbalists and healers and the forests that sustain our planet, she founded BioNova Medical Corporation, investing in medicinal plant based research & development opportunities for herbalists to improve both public health and biodiversity. In analyzing the relationships between poverty, resource scarcity, acute conflict and populations growth, Melanie discovered a vital link between human security and social empowerment which led to her new Population and Human Security Theory proposing that an innate sense of human security (attained through positive control of one's destiny) brings family size, and ultimately global population into balance with the earth's carrying capacity. Melanie holds a Masters degree of Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies' Graduate School of International Policy Studies, in the U.S. and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller International University in Madrid, Spain. Fluent in French and Spanish she has lived and conducted research throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and Central America.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"In the past 10 years, starting with goal of empowering local citizens with the confidence and tools to create the changes they see needed, Empowerment WORKS has learned again and again, that the entire philanthropy system is what needs to adopt the paradigm of empowerment.  We all need to shift from the philosophy of helping people help themselves to actually recognizing the mutual value our diverse communities and respective cultures have for one another. Therefore, while remaining true to its founding vision and mission, Empowerment WORKS has become more dedicated to providing tools for mass-collaboration and enabling the exchange of the plethora of gifts, talents and resources already exist.  Through The Global Summit, Earth Day SF, and partner events, online platforms and other education outreach, EW achieves this mission via sharing its flagship "7 Stages to Sustainability" (7SS) framework for asset based community-driven development, which is in itself a global language system for collaboration."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dana Arak

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Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?