Infopower International Inc. (II) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Columbia Missouri in November 1996. It acquired its 501 (c) (3) status in 1998. It subsequently registered a sister branch in New York State in 2014.
The creation of II was in response to a rapidly changing global environment, which continues to increase the proportion of the underclass population globally, as well as pose new challenges for development workers; challenges that extend across national borders. In addition to these was recognition of some common denominators which characterize the nature and experience of oppressed and underserved persons. These include; ignorance, a lack of skills, a lack of information, and insufficient awareness of the commonality and similarity of their experiences and its originating causes across the globe.
These challenges called for the creation of alternative truly problem-solving paradigms utilizing cross-sectional, interdisciplinary approaches. It also required a more visible and effective utilization of the expertise of those directly impacted as a way to better validations and assuring the effectiveness, viability and sustainability of proposed policies and interventions. This mindset formed an overarching consideration that informed the initial conceptualizing of II and its startup activities.
We value the inherent capability and potential equality of every human being, whatever their education, nationality, race, creed, social class, religion, sexual orientation, or other demographic characteristic.
We value the benefits of modest living and a sustainable environment.
We view the world as a precious asset entrusted in our care for future generations and therefore pursue policies that treat it as such.