The first Women as Social Innovators Citizen Circle was started in the February, 2011 round of Hub DC Citizen Circles and with the P2PU School of Social Innovation organized with other groups in New Orleans, Richmond, and Chicago.
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. The citizen circle will help us identify our personal strengths as current or aspiring female social innovators as well as the areas of weakness each of us 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.
Throughout the citizen circle, we 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.