At the W. Alton Jones Foundation, we have found a productive way to help grantees communicate more effectively: "circuit riders"—talented individuals who provide hands-on, technical consulting and education to non-profit organizations. The foundation had begun an ambitious program to support advocates of Low Emission Vehicles and Zero Emission Vehicles (LEV-ZEV). This was one component of the foundation's commitment to encouraging wide-spread adoption of hydrogen fuel cells as environmentally-friendly sources of energy. Early on, it became evident that electronic communication would facilitate effective cooperation among the network of organizations working in California, New England and the mid-Atlantic on LEV-ZEV. Our circuit-rider proved highly effective in bringing these advocates quickly to a position of making effective use of computer communications.
The success of this LEV-ZEV networking project led us to several important conclusions:
We welcome your feedback and encourage you to contact both tcn and the W. Alton Jones Foundation. This report is also available on the Internet at WAJF's World Wide Web site: http://www.wajones.org/circuit.html
J.P. Myers, Ph.D.
Director, W. Alton Jones Foundation
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