Operationalize Eworkstyle Institute

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Campaign created 10 months ago
Our goals included finding a way to make writing and communications literacy fun.  My husband and I started working together on a communications literacy project in 1983, with Boston Cable Access TV; after his teaching youth/adult literacy in the Caribbean and my working with WILD AM 1090 radio in Boston.  From there we worked with community organizations, schools, colleges and small businesses. This gave us huge data on teaching and learning because we treated some 100 communications training projects, averaging 15 to 75 people, as focus groups to develop and hone our curricula.  The feedback from the students was wonderful.  However, all of the projects we worked on - were with one or more lead agencies.  So as agencies’ goals shifted to meet their next ‘big thing’, our projects were consistently laid off.  We had shallow pockets, so we spun into doing other’s projects to make ends meet. By 2010, illness struck with our parents and for nearly seven years our company laid nearly income dormant.  We used this hospice carenon-teaching time to construct an online learning site that we could afford and control, so that we could stand alone and govern our communications training goals and criteria.  We kept discussions going with many former students and asked them to try out the site and give feedback on what they would love to see and do.  We took the model to: Roxbury Community College,  Springfield College School of Human Services and MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning to test it with academic audiences, which went very well.  EI training courses and projects have received numerous awards from the City of Boston, State of Massachusetts House of Representatives and MIT among others.

The funds we raise with gofundme over the next few years will be used for online site infrastructure servers, cyber security upgrades, US and international patents, ISBN numbers for books production and publishing costs for training manuals; techical support including code writers and applications developers, mixed media content developers and editorial staff.  We also need to  lease equipment, advertise, cover insurances and purchase supplies as we grow to generate a self-sustaining revenue.

Any funds you provide will immediately to cover the cost of supplies, promotions and publications for upcoming project development for summer and fall.  We would like to begin providing writing and publishing workshops in partnership with community groups and public libraries for girls, young women, mothers and female seniors.  Our focus on working with women moving forward, is based on their historic and future contributions of keeping and sharing family legacy.  We also want to provide workshops that teach these to publish their stories.  My husband and I have invested our life savings to purchase a property, renovate it for office, storage and fundraising socials, as well as meeting space.  We have also invested far more over-the-years in equipment, supplies, training and travel to master what we do.  We have not begun to recoup our investment and new expenses are beginning to build. 

We appreciate any time, consideration and donations you can make to Eworkstyle Institute.  THANK YOU!!!
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While my original thesis, "Building a Media Center for Homicide Prevention and Community Development," was still relevant - I had no internet component. I reapplied and was invited back to MIT Department Urban Studies, Fellows Program, to upgrade the original. I studied and created an online place for non-profits, professors & students to collaborate on regional exchange projects. I called it, "The Feasibility of an Intelligent (Online) Community." After a bit of criticism, I inserted the word online in the revised edition. The body of work was based on addressing the issues and sharing the experiences of the 40-site collaborative funded by the City of Boston Trust Timothy Smith Foundation.
Distance Teaching from the China Classes
Distance Collaboration from NEBHE Input
MIT (center) Updating Thesis for the Web
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By the year 2,000 an estimated 2 billion websites were online and the internet was growing by 7 million websites daily. We submitted a proposal to the New England Board of Higher Ed to convene a discussion on web-based learning between the general public, college professors and non-profits. Our concern was and is the social realities residents face living in post-industrial communities; while trying to earn livable wages in a constantly changing information economy that is quickly becoming globally integrated. We all needed to understand the impact of economic innovations, share our concerns, experience feedback, and find training and support solutions. The proposal was accepted and the recommendations received gave us a regional perspective, pointing our compass to building a regional networking and training site for educators and trainers.
Distance Learning from Boston to China
Distance Learning from Upstate NY
Mass Teachers Association Training
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In 1999, there was unrest in many communities that housed universities. The issue of residents being locked out of college opportunities, either remedially or affordably was a major concern. My team was invited to present this body of work re: 40 non-profit tech sites connected to a college training lab as a model for community building with colleges & neighborhoods. Professors from across the country attended the National Science Foundation conference. The concept and experiences made for successful and logical discussions.
Roxbury Community College training site
I modeled the RCC Lecture Hall via MIT
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In 1998, we faced a multi-site challenge. We had requests from a community center, a church senior program and a housing development to create a "Tri-Site Campus," for community training in their neighborhood. After City of Boston invested $86.5k and the Boston Globe Foundation donated $12k to complete the project. Requests for remedial skills improvement technology labs and media projects poured in from other centers. We used our successes to challenge an array of entrenched, negative old-guard storytelling via critical consciousness & proposed more tech labs. Boston was poised for a "City of Old Roxbury," technology career training trust investment for a total 40 sites named after their benefactor Timothy Smith. There was no money for salary, so I operated Eworkstyle Institute at a loss in order to get ten key sites up and running quickly. One of those sites, at Roxbury Community College, was developed for $280k with advanced classrooms and a lecture hall for distance learning, capable of national and global training programs, as well as a curriculum product revenue stream to support the other 39.
Our youngest students learn the alphabet
I hosted a cable TV show for discussion
Black & Latino males were transformed
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$250,000 goal

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Created April 24, 2017
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