Ripple Academy India Learning Lab: Application to Participate (due: July 16)
September 1 - October 31, 2018
September 14-16, 2018 in person workshop in Rishikesh, India

The Ripple Academy India Learning Lab is a 2 month program that includes a 3-day workshop and online training about the power of women leaders to transform environmental crises into solutions. The program offers a unique forum for discussion, training, and action with grassroots women leaders who are protecting our earth and empowering communities.

Through the Ripple Academy Learning Lab, women environmental leaders will strengthen their work, increase impact, and access resilience and empowerment through connection with other women leaders.

We consider environmental leaders to be women who are working broadly in sectors like safe drinking water, sustainable farming, clean cookstoves, seed saving, women’s land ownership and/or stewardship, ecotourism, food security, community disaster preparedness, and climate resilience.

The Ripple Academy India Learning Lab is co-hosted by Women's Earth Alliance (WEA) and United Religions Initiative (URI). The in person workshop will take place in Rishikesh, with all other training and collaboration taking place online.

Who are the participants?

An ideal candidate is a woman who is:
- Active in non-profit leadership, grassroots advocacy, business, or community organizing
- Recognized by her peers as a leader in her issue area
- Skilled in building networks and forging diverse partnerships within her community
- Currently engaged in a project or has a project concept with an environmental focus as defined above
- Affiliated with an organization or experienced network in an environmental sector
- Interested in engaging women from different cultural, faith, and belief traditions
- Committed to growing her personal skills and capacity in order to strengthen her work
- Willing and able to invest 3 full days in a workshop, plus preparation work and communication before and after the workshop for a total of 2 months of engagement
- Strong in literacy and arithmetic skills and has familiarity with budgets

What participants can expect?

Participants will engage in a 2 month program that includes a 3-day workshop and online training with other selected women leaders in India. Learning Lab content will include:
- Trainings on project design and management for impact, entrepreneurship, fundraising and marketing strategies, leadership, and special topics on environmental sectors
- Discussion forums to share challenges, solutions, questions, and resources
- Relationship-building with other women leaders, potential mentors, and specialists
- Activities to celebrate our unique cultural traditions (dances, songs, stories)
- Exercises to promote self-care and resilience
- Before the Learning Lab: Preparation exercises, readings, and at least one group call
- After the Learning Lab: Invitation for follow up group calls, reflection exercises, and collaboration with women environmental leaders globally

IMPORTANT - In order to complete your application, please ask one of your references to nominate you by filling out the form found here:

If you prefer to fill out the application in Microsoft Word or by hand and then email your submission to, you can access a Word version of the application here.

You can access the Microsoft Word nomination form here.

Applications Due: Monday, July 16, 2018 at 20:00/8:00PM IST
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Affiliation/Organization: *
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Is this role full time? *
If not, do you have other employment? *
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In what language are you most comfortable reading and writing? *
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If you are also proficient in other languages, please list them here.
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How would you rate your level of English proficiency? *
Do you regularly use email? *
What are your two preferred ways to communicate with professional contacts? (For example, calls, email, text, WhatsApp, Facebook, other) *
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How did you hear about this opportunity? *
In which of the following sectors do you work? (check all that apply) *
Briefly describe your work that is directly or indirectly focused on environmental issues: *
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What impact has your work had to date in your community? What achievements are you most proud of? *
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Briefly describe your role with the organization or community with which you work. In what ways have you shown leadership? *
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In what additional ways do you fulfill the criteria listed above in the section “Who are the Participants”? *
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What other networks, women’s groups, associations, government bodies, universities, or global initiatives are you connected to and in what capacity? *
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What are the areas in which you would like to improve your skills, knowledge, or experience in order to strengthen the impact of your work? *
For example, “I would like to improve my skills designing and implementing impact monitoring and evaluation systems. This would help me strengthen my work in the following ways…..” or “I would benefit from connecting with other women leaders so I can develop more partnerships and not work in isolation. This would help me improve my work in these ways…. “
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If you were to participate in a Ripple Academy Learning Lab, are there any contributions to collective learning that you would like to make? *
For example, “I would like to share methodologies that I have used to support women to build successful local seed businesses,” or “I have helped start many self help groups with women in my region and would like to share my learnings,” or “I would like to share my experience working with UN women on a project.”
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Have you participated in any trainings in the past 5 years to help you strengthen your work? If so, please list the trainings. What did you found most useful about the trainings? What could have been improved? *
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Have you ever fundraised for a project? If so, please describe your method and the results. *
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Do you have any experience in business or entrepreneurship? Are you currently engaged in business or entrepreneurship in your environmental work? If so, please describe past or present experience. *
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Do you currently measure the impact of your work? If so, please describe the indicators you use to measure your impact and how you monitor these. Do you use any global indicators like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? *
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Do you use internet to communicate professionally? *
If yes, which way do you professionally communicate (check all that apply): *
Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?
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Please give the name, email address and phone numbers of 2 people who could provide references for you: *
Please include name, title, phone number, and email address.
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IMPORTANT - In order to complete your application, please ask one of your references to nominate you by filling out the form found here:
If your nominator would rather fill out a form on Microsoft Word or by hand, please use this form and email to

If you have any questions about this application, you can contact us at Thank you for applying!

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