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Spring Edition of the WEAvings Newsletter: BIG things at WEA!

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As we enter our 13th spring at WEA, we know more than ever the power of global grassroots action. Global movements like the recent climate protests led by youth around the world, remind us that ideas can germinate faster than ever, and indeed, no person or idea is too small to change the course of history. The message shared by Greta Thunberg took to the wind and was picked up by millions of us– poised and ready to act. Before we could say “World Wide Web” the biggest day of climate action in history occurred, with the next level of urgency articulated by none other than our world’s next generation.

Truly, this is an incredible time to be alive and to know in every cell of our bodies that we are all on the frontlines. The climate reports can be paralyzing but they don’t have to be. Inside these predictions and warnings is a blueprint for action across every sector of society–from our individual choices to our economic systems. There is an act, a choice, and a stand that each and every one of us can take at this historic juncture.

As Spring blossoms, WEA is digging deeper into our commitment to ensuring women’s grassroots environmental solutions can flourish. We are reminded of what makes WEA who we are — YOU. Since our start — one circle of 30 women — WEA has given rise to thousands of more circles around the world.  Many of you have been in these circles.  Many of you have supported these circles to multiply.

In WEA’s latest WEAvings Newsletter, you’ll find more on:

  • Our exciting new partnerships, like our work with the Sierra Club
  • New initiatives in the U.S., Indonesia, and Kenya and calls for applications
  • A global event hosted by EILEEN FISHER that supports WEA
  • And more!

Check WEAvings out here, and be sure to sign up on our website to get all our latest updates.

Calling Women Leaders in India – Inaugural India Ripple Academy Learning Lab Applications Are Open

Project: Building Peace Through the Ripple Academy

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Applications for the India Ripple Academy Learning Lab are now open and we’re looking for women environmental leaders who are ready to strengthen and grow their work. If you are a leader in your community in India and working to transform environmental challenges into solutions, WEA invites you to apply to join our Ripple Academy Learning Lab! Environmental solutions could include safe drinking water, sustainable farming, clean cookstoves, seed saving, women’s land ownership and/or stewardship, ecotourism, food security, community disaster preparedness, and climate resilience among others. Applications are due July 31, 2018.

The India Learning Lab will be a 2-month program that includes a 3-day workshop in Rishikesh, September 14-16, and interactive online training. The Lab will support women leaders across India to strengthen their grassroots environmental initiatives and solutions, increasing the impact and sustainability of their vital work. In addition, Learning Lab participants will gain a greater sense of personal resilience and empowerment through connection with other women leaders working on similar initiatives in their region, building a powerful support system that will last long after the Learning Lab is complete. The 2-month journey will include:

  • Trainings on project design and management for impact, entrepreneurship, fundraising and marketing strategies, leadership, and special topics on environmental sectors
  • Discussion forums to share challenges, solutions, questions, and resources
  • Relationship-building with other women leaders, potential mentors, and specialists
  • Activities to celebrate participants’ unique cultural traditions (dances, songs, stories)
  • Exercises to promote self-care and resilience

As environmental issues intensify, women are often those most impacted by its effects, and are also those best positioned to address these impacts. Therefore, we recognize how crucial it is to invest in women and the solutions they know will work best for their communities. Fewer than 7% of global philanthropic dollars goes directly toward investing in women despite it being proven as the #1 most effective environmental and social welfare investment. WEA’s work centers women’s leadership, recognizing that the time is now to ensure that women environmental leaders on the frontlines are supported, resourced, and networked. The India Ripple Academy Learning Lab will equip these women leaders with resources and tools to forge high-impact environmental solutions that scale so they can do their work of protecting our earth and empowering communities.  

The Ripple Academy is a partnership of WEA and United Religions Initiative (URI).

Read more about the India Learning Lab and apply here.

Ripple Academy Project Update

Project: Building Peace Through the Ripple Academy

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Exciting things are “rippling” away here at Ripple Academy HQ, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

1) Our design committee comprised of a global team of grassroots and organizational development leaders is building off of best practices from our combined 35 years of training programming. Over the last year, we carried out user surveys and listening sessions to build a light-framed and flexible curriculum framework. We are now piloting the Ripple Academy through a series of “Learning Labs” in India, in 2018 to generate direct input from participants, refine the curriculum, and strengthen the design for greatest impacts. Each Lab includes 3 days of in-person training followed by remote group video calls, mentorship, small group discussions, and exercises through our online platform. The Labs are laying the groundwork for the year-long program, while delivering valuable content to participants and building our trainer and partner community in the process. If you’re a woman leader in India, be sure to apply to join our India Ripple Academy Learning Lab today!

2) We’re designing the Ripple Academy Impact Dashboard, a data visualization tool based on a unique set of metrics that mix global and community-designed, qualitative and quantitative measures of success. Global indicators include Sustainable Development Goals, Project Drawdown metrics (like Gigatons Reduced of CO2), and the W+ Standard (measuring improvements in women’s social capital, like income, economic mobility, # businesses started, # women trained by participants etc.). Community-designed metrics encourage communities to define their own metrics of success, (like # of meals per day) and include qualitative stories of change.

3) We’re building a sustainability program to make the Ripple Academy self-funded in 5 years. When it’s ready to launch, you’ll be the first to know!

To learn more about the Ripple Academy, and for way to support this work, visit the Ripple Academy Project page.

Join Us at The 2018 Women in Green Forum!

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Women’s Earth Alliance is beyond excited to attend the Women in Green Forum this upcoming August, and we would love to see you there too! The 9th Annual Women in Green Forum (WIGF) will convene leaders in the environmental movement, drawing an international audience of sustainability experts including academic researchers, CSR executives, energy analysts, and technology developers. The WIGF also appeals to regulatory agencies involved in developing policies and legislation surrounding green technologies for the private and public sectors. This is an opportunity for sustainability professionals from all sectors to share ideas and create lasting partnerships.

WEA is looking forward to participating in a forum that supports women’s leadership in the environmental industry. Use our 10% discount code to save on your Early Bird ticket! However, Early Bird tickets are only sold until this Friday, June 15th then the discount can only be applied to full price tickets. Use this link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-women-in-green-foru

Join us this August 16, 2018 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel for the 9th Annual Women in Green Forum! See you there!

A note from WEA’s Founder

This year-end note from WEA’s Founder, Melinda Kramer, is one way we keep our community up to date on the important news impacting our work and world and ways you can get involved!

In this year’s letter, Melinda shares our dream for the kinds of contributions that can best support WEA at year-end:

  1. 20 monthly supporters step forward at the $25, $50, or $125 level. Pooled together, these monthly gifts cover the costs for a woman leader to participate in a year of WEA training;
  2. 5 donors join our Giving Circle, a dynamic group of supporters who pledge $5,000-$50,000 each year for 3 years. This gives us the runway we need to plan our multi-year programming, serving our grassroots partners in a sustained way;
  3. 40 people make a one-time gift of $75 before Dec. 31st so we can meet a $3,000 match made by a generous WEA champion;
  4. 3 people agree to host an event or house party for WEA in 2018, introducing their community to our work;
  5. One person joins the Founders Circle of our Ripple Academy, a group that underwrites the program that will scale our impact across multiple regions.

Read the note in its entirety here, and be sure to sign up on our website to get all our updates in the future.