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Julie Bowes currently works for a small DC-based non-profit, Machik, focused on grassroots capacity-building on the Tibetan plateau. She is also coordinating intergenerational skills exchanges, study circles and volunteering to build understanding between generations and to engage and empower older and isolated community members. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Laura White is a Political Economy and Teacher Certification student at Tulane University. As the Academic Liaison for the Ashoka U-Tulane University partnership, Laura has worked hard to create peer-to-peer social innovation learning opportunities at Tulane and in New Orleans. These include a pilot fellows program to bring peer-to-peer social innovation education to Tulane classes, developing social innovation curriculum for an entry-level teacher certification class, and a research project to create social innovation curricula for a New Orleans elementary school. Laura is also the Co-Founder of Citizen Circles, which helps small groups of people design learning opportunities to develop their capacity for making positive social change.
Laura and Julie believe that women face enormous challenges in the world of social innovation, but that we also possess traits that can make us incredible assets as innovators. This course is being organized through Citizen Circles School of Social Innovation.
This citizen circle will serve as an opportunity for participants to explore the unique strengths and challenges that women face as social entrepreneurs and innovators.
Citizen circles are small, peer-to-peer study groups that develop core skills of social innovation through co-created curricula. Women as Social Entepreneurs is part of the P2PU/Citizen Circles School of Social Innovation (SoSI). Participants are expected to form a small local group to meet face-to-face as well as connect to groups in other locations online.
Throughout the course, participants will keep a field journal, recording reflections and thoughts from all activities. This field journal will be used as a resource in creating a personal monologue as well as a way of tracking the development of key competencies such as empathy, passion, optimism and others.
Discussions will be based on videos, readings and conversations with various female innovators who will serve as guest speakers or facilitators. Although we have built up a bank of possible topics and resources, this is a peer-led collaborative course and the actual syllabus and topics will be based on participant interests and input. We are open to re-envisioning the current syllabus if it does not meet the needs of the participants.
Please contact Julie or Laura if you have any questions or would like to learn more.
The course will help participants identify their personal strengths as current or aspiring female social innovators as well as the areas of weakness each individual wants or needs to improve upon. We will build understanding of prevailing gender stereotypes and the ways in which gender roles affect our abilities and access in the social innovation world.