History of WeStrive
WeStrive is a non-profit 501(C)3 dedicated to global networking and education for social contributing and conscious organizations, NGOs, initiatives and individuals. WeStrive offers a unique service to the world by meeting a wide range of needs for a demographic of individuals and initiatives interested in working from a spiritually striving philosophy. In particular, WeStrive provides network options that include relevant articles and content, discussion forums, and vital collaboration tools for initiatives. In addition, our team offers other services all geared towards the strengthening of civil society, with socially and consciously engaged people, focus on cultural creatives.
WeStrive was formed in 2006 under the name of NetworkM by Matthew Cortez Temple. He met and worked with organizations and individuals around the world who were striving to develop themselves and help the world in a myriad of ways. Through his research and investigations, he realized there needed to be a way to connect all of these organizations so that their work could further contribute to the world through collaborative and supportive efforts. Using the web as a tool, he pulled together a team committed to the work and WeStrive has been growing since.
Matthew Temple, President and Treasurer
Matthew Temple has long stood at crossroads of art and social action– his work and passion split between telling stories and participating in the creation of new paradigms wherein new stories for the future can be created. As a storyteller, he works as a director, producer, screenwriter and actor in Los Angeles, CA. As a social entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of the non-profit WeStrive. He is co-founder and executive director of the Wandering Reel Traveling film festival (wanderingreel.org) and is currently VP of Production and Development for Mili Pictures Worldwide (milipictures.com), a Chinese film, animation and VR studio.
Leslie Loy, Vice President and Secretary
Leslie has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years, focusing on integrating youth and social technologies to impact social renewal. Her work with youth began in her teens when she became a youth advocate and representative on numerous community-wide groups and facilitated a peer-led, self-organized regional publication. She has been active in giving voice to youth, young adults, and now intergenerational social activists while striving to provide diverse forums for them to engage in, both on and off-line. She was a founder and later Director of WeStrive.org, served as a Community Facilitator for the Anthroposophical Youth Section in North America, lived and worked in a Camphill community supporting young adults with special needs and abilities, and was a volunteer coordinator for college students to become actively involved in addressing complex issues within their own communities. Now, Leslie serves as a high school counselor and in her personal time helps to coordinate massive multiplayer simulation game events up and down the US West Coast in an effort to facilitate in-person, community-building activities that evoke the imagination and provoke people to action.
Katrina considers herself to be a generalist whose diverse interests have led her down several paths. Her passions include sustainable agriculture and the local foods movement, anthroposophy, community organizing, and youth initiation processes. In 2009, she participated in the second year of the Youth Initiative Program in Järna, Sweden. After completing the program, she founded the Impulse Youth Group in California and organized youth conferences for several years before pursuing a degree in global studies. Since she graduated, she has worked as an ESL teacher, completed an artist in residency as a documentarian in New York, and worked as a coordinator ensuring electoral integrity in California’s primary election. She will be pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable leadership this coming fall in Sweden.
In addition to making his own short films, teaching cinema and working in nearly every area of the movie industry over the last fifteen years, Mike is an avid storyteller and can sometimes be seen strumming a guitar on the sandy steps of the Pacific ocean. As the director and curator of The Wandering Reel, he personally delivers the magic of short form cinema to hungry, hard to reach communities.