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"If there were only one thing I could do to recruit more Greens, it would be to give away copies of this book. It's the most amazing thing I've ever read, and I don't say that lightly. Ishmael is one of only two books that I can remember where and when I first read it. I can't recommend it emphatically enough." - Steve, Green Party Member

Learn about Nonprofit Organizations, Environmental Organizations and Sustainable Communities.

We believe, along with many others, that Ishmael is one of the most effective ways to change minds, turning ordinary citizens into environmentalists, humanitarians, and funneling them into a variety of worthy causes. The Friends of Ishmael Society is a great way to meet "Friends" and help make new ones. However, many of us, after hearing Quinn's message, wish to not only spread it, but act on our newfound knowledge.

If you wish to be more active in related areas, such as environmentalism, etc, this section will offer you many ideas of where you can go to do so. We by no means endorse or support any of these organizations specifically, but simply find that a large number of readers tend to gravitate towards these particular causes. If there is a specific activist organization that you would like listed, please let us know.

Complex search engines already exist that search hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide. In some cases, rather than reinvent the wheel, we have listed some of the more popular databases below with a brief description of their contents. In other cases, we have linked to specific organizations that have been brought to our attention by Quinn readers.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Idealist: Search organizations worldwide- including 20,000 US organizations- by name, focus, mission, or location. Each listing contains a description, mission, address, contact information, and link to their web site.

  • Guidestar: Search 100,000+ American non-profit organizations by name, location, type, and income range. Each listing contains a description, mission, address, contact information, income, board members, and web site.

Environmental Organizations

  • Yahoo Directory: Search 5,000+ environment and nature websites by keyword, category, or alphebetical. Each listing contains a brief description and a link to the website.

  • Environmental Directory: The National Environmental Directory is a directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the United States concerned with environmental issues and environmental education. Search by location, keyword, or category. Each listing contains the address, contact information, web site, and comments.

  • Environmental Organizations Online: Over 9,000 links with descriptions for Environmental Organizations.

  • Environmental Education Link: Search organizations and projects primarily concerned with the profession of environmental education and/or with EE on a wide range of topics. EE organizations and projects are sorted by topic or organization type, and each listing contains a description with a website link.

Sustainable Communities

  • Global Ecovillage Network: The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a grassroots non-profit organization that links together a highly diverse worldwide movement of autonomous ecovillages and related projects. GEN's main aim is to support and encourage the evolution of sustainable settlements across the world.

  • Intentional Communities: This Web site serves the growing communities movement. They provide important information and access to crucial resources for seekers of community, existing and forming communities, and other friends of community. Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects and dreams.

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