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Social Entrepreneurship, more about the ends than the means | EQ

Social Entrepreneurship, more about the ends than the means | EQ

Bijal Desai-Ramirez, WEPOWER’s VP of entrepreneurship and investments views social entrepreneurship as a tool to realize equity across the region and country, “To realize this dream of equity we’re going to need to be disruptive—we’re going to need to imagine and invest in scalable ventures that build economic power in our communities and solve big systemic social challenges.”

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WEPOWER Welcomes Bijal Desai-Ramirez to Lead Economic Power-Building

WEPOWER Welcomes Bijal Desai-Ramirez to Lead Economic Power-Building

During these last months our team has been busy dreaming, challenging, and fortifying our values, our strategies, and our definition of impact.  Our first pilot program hit its half-point mark, and we are cultivating a sense of energy and purpose with our regional partners and our inaugural cohort of power-builders.

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How to have Uncomfortable Conversations | Teen Vogue

How to have Uncomfortable Conversations | Teen Vogue

In this op-ed, Charli Cooksey explains how to have uncomfortable conversations about issues—political or otherwise.

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On Daring More Boldly and Scaling Community Ventures

On Daring More Boldly and Scaling Community Ventures

Diverse minds represent diverse ideas, whether they come from entrepreneurs themselves or diverse teams.  They generate ideas that others may not recognize as opportunities, and solve some of our community’s greatest challenges.

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Canvasing with our North City Power-Builders

Canvasing with our North City Power-Builders

As part of our second weekend with our cohort of north city residents, we engaged in developing and practicing some fundamental community organizing skills and principles!

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Learning from Peer Education Advocates

Learning from Peer Education Advocates

On Saturday afternoon leaders in education reform joined us to share their varied experiences and perspectives of St. Louis’ public education systems.

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WEPOWER Prepares North St. Louis Residents to Lead Education Policy Change

WEPOWER Prepares North St. Louis Residents to Lead Education Policy Change

With great excitement, I’m writing to you having transitioned from interim Executive Director of Forward Through Ferguson into serving as full-time CEO & founder of WEPOWER.

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Forward Through Ferguson #STL2039 Action Plan

Forward Through Ferguson #STL2039 Action Plan

Before I transitioned to full time at WEPOWER, I had the great pleasure of designing and launching a three-year #STL2039 Action Plan. Take a look! Engage. This important work is not possible without your action, belief, and radical collaboration!

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Snapshots from the Academy’s First Weekend

Snapshots from the Academy’s First Weekend

Our Spring 2018 Education Power Building Academy launched this weekend! Here are a few snapshots from the kick-off. 

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Pass on the Word: Apply to become a Power-Builder!

Pass on the Word: Apply to become a Power-Builder!

The application is open. Apply—better yet, apply with a friend!