Green Empowerment is an organization that approaches their work by incorporating four main values to meet their goals. These four values are partnership, engagement, capacity building, and impact expansion.
This value focuses on partnering with organizations based in-country “to implement renewable energy, clean water and complementary sanitation, environmental and economic projects.” It is important to have support from a player in the communities that Green Empowerment is working with in order to gain support from the beneficiary communities on a larger scale.
In addition to building a partnership with an organization in the community, Green Empowerment finds it important for the people of their beneficiary communities to partake in the projects in order to “build ownership and ensure projects’ long-term viability.” If a community is putting in hard work to establish the project, then it is more likely that they will work hard in the long run to maintain that project, and validate their efforts.
Capacity building is the process by which individuals and organizations obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources needed to do their jobs to a greater capacity. To Green Empowerment, this is important to establish in order for beneficiary communities to not only contribute to the creation of the projects alone, but to work towards maintaining these projects as well.
Green Empowerment works toward amplifying their impact by incorporating “regional networks, technical trainings and service-learning.” This is important for measuring the effectiveness of their projects, and the impact they have on beneficiary communities.
Taking Green Empowerment’s core values into account, in addition to the goals presented in ENVS 295 (go to section “diving deep into engagement”), I would like to propose a project in which we document the views of each player in Green Empowerment’s projects through a series of videos, providing an “inside look”. In doing this, we will be validating Green Empowerment’s values and mission, while accomplishing the goals of environmental engagement as a whole: to get voices heard, and apply those voices towards action.
The key players in the video projects would be members of Green Empowerment (staff, board of directors, associate board, and technical advisory team, leaders of organizations based in beneficiary countries, people who live in the beneficiary communities, and members of the Lewis & Clark College community, if Green Empowerment would like to partner with us at some point in the future.
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The initial step we will have to take towards completing this project would be to form a partnership with Green Empowerment. At this time, they are unable to partner with us, but hopefully in the future this will be an attractive option for them. Students at Lewis & Clark would play a primary role in the project by being the ones who would conduct the interviews with each player in the organization , and would compose the videos for Green Empowerment.
Multiple members of Green Empowerment would be interviewed in order to gain a perspective on each component of the organization. This would allow for potential partners to take an inside look at not only the mission of Green Empowerment, but the individuals that work within it, calling more attention to the organization, setting an impression that they truly have nothing to hide.
The final component of the project would be to interview leaders of partner organizations as well as members of the beneficiary communities. In doing this, we would be ensuring that everybody’s voice is heard, establishing engagement, and validating capacity building and impact expansion.