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The Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBIE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires and celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship within and around the Black experience and builds community capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship by increasing and disseminating the knowledge necessary to advance such endeavors.
The organization serves as a museum, a catalyst for education about intellectual property rights, and a community economic development organization. MBIE was incorporated in Washington, DC on 20 June 2011.
We are currently focusing on three initiatives that promote creativity as the root of innovation and entrepreneurship:
1. IPFI – Intellectual Property for Innovation: Everyone should be as aware of the Constitution's clause that protects your intellectual property as are aware of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Especially in underrepresented communities, where creativity abounds, creators should know that they can protect ownership of their creative works. Their works should then be published through public libraries at no cost, protecting the creator's copyright, and presented to publishers or galleries for commercialization with revenues secured for the creator. IPFI aims to raise public awareness of copyright protection, engage libraries to publish anthologies of locally created works, and encourage commercial publishers seeking new talent to scout these anthologies and to contract directly with the talent in our communities. Imagine that the creative potential of the Constitution might be as appreciated as the right to own guns. Click here to download our IPFI Handbook.
2. MBIE for Librarians: There is a substantial and growing literature on Black innovation and entrepreneurship. This project encourages public libraries to arrange exhibits of their books and other materials on this subject with posters to raise awareness of Black innovators and entrepreneurs. Such an exhibit is a mini-MBIE. Each of the 19,000 public libraries in the country could offer such an exhibit. Imagine the inspiration this might have on library visitors of all ages. Click here to download our MBIE for Librarians Handbook.
3. IP in Prisons: The incarcerated population in the United States is sadly large enough to be the nation's fifth largest city. Yet the creative potential of these people is completely ignored, wasting the intention of the Constitution's intellectual property clause meant to provide an incentive for creativity among all those in America to advance the nation's well being and competitiveness. This project aims to raise awareness of IP protection among the prison population and provide ways for creators to produce literature, art, music, film, and other works for commercial distribution. Imagine tapping into the creativity potential of the nation's fifth largest city. Click here to download a short reading list of works created by incarcerated people.
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There may be few other stories as unique or compelling as the Black experience in creating social utility during centuries of virtually total disenfranchisement, and emerging from that peculiar experience. The story of this history and experience, which includes both the Black community and the context in which it was and is situated, is the subject to be explored in this web site and in the Museum (see here for our statement, “What Is Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship?”.
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