HARNESSING THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION

REPORT FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
June 19, 1995 Washington, D.C.

OPPORTUNITY AND CHALLENGE

The rapid evolution of communications technology creates significant challenges, as well as tremendous opportunities, for organizations in the not-for-profit sector working to advance environmental protection. The central challenge is how the scarce resources of this community can be applied so as to remain competitive in the marketplace for ideas and advocacy. The opportunity is the unparalleled increase in communications reach that can be achieved if the community makes effective use of existing and emerging technologies and tools.

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

Motivated by these concerns, four foundations convened a workshop on June 19, 1995, involving over 100 leaders from national environmental organizations, environmental grantmakers, and technical assistance groups. The meeting, organized by the Telecommunications Cooperative Network and the Center for Strategic Communications, examined the following issues:
  1. What are the current resources of the community and how are they applied?
  2. What is being done by other organized constituencies who are opposed to our efforts and engaged in public advocacy?
  3. Given current and near-term changes in communications technology, what are feasible goals for the environmental community immediately, near-term and long-range?

CONCLUSIONS OF THE SPONSORING FOUNDATIONS

1. Rethinking How We Invest in Communications and Information Technology

2. Rethinking How We Reach Our Constituents

3. Rethinking How We Approach the New Technology Culture

Workshop co-sponsors: W. Alton Jones Foundation, the Brainerd Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation, and the John Merck Fund.

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