People Connecting with People, Linking Ideas and Resources

by Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps


"Brings a big gush of light into a somber, pessimistic and malfunctioning world... A curtain may have been lifted on a new world democracy. A big bravo to the authors."

-Robert Muller, Assistant Secretary General, United Nations

"Networking is an outstanding resource for all of us who are members of networks..."

-Edward S. Cornish, President, World Future Society

"At last! Metanetworkers Lipnack and Stamps have created the first coherent map of AmericaÌs emerging culture and those who are creating viable alternatives for the future."

-Hazel Henderson, author of Creating Alternative Futures

"Networking will be one of the most powerful tools for the social transformation now under way..."

-Marilyn Ferguson, author of Aquarian Conspiracy



A Report on the Outposts of Optimism and the Most Complete Directory of Networks Ever Assembled

How to Use Them

Why and How They Work

Where to Find 1500 Key Organizations

One thing always leads to another. The complex matrix we call culture inextricably links people and events, ideas and technologies, communication and communities - yet at the rapid pace of change in the modern world, traditional institutions are not necessarily the most effective. More and more people are seeking alternatives to old and outmoded ways of thinking and living...All too often, however, they lack necessary information or fundamental support.

Networking is the answer, a powerfully synergistic web of shared services, concerns, software, hardware, organization, and individuals. And NETWORKING: THE FIRST REPORT AND DIRECTORY is the source of that answer; it's two important books in one: both an up-to-the-minute report on this fascinating and vital phenomenon, and the most comprehensive guide ever assembled to alternative possibilities today.

Whether you're interested in bicycles, computers, or day-care centers, solar energy, philosophy, or meditation, you'll find your subject in NETWORKING. Over 1500 organizations are cross-indexed in five different ways, putting at your fingertips a direct route to whatever you need - or want - to know about the new age in which we live. NETWORKING will teach you what a network is, why it works, how to use it, and exactly when, where, and how you can tap its limitless potential.

NETWORKING is a singular source book, and it's much more as well: It's a map of the modern world.


Table of Contents



Chapter 1
Discovering Another America

Chapter 2
One Very Special Network: The Boston Womenís Health Book Collective

Chapter 3
Healing Networks: Health and the Life Cycle

Chapter 4
Sharing Networks: Communities and Cooperatives

Chapter 5
Using Networks: Ecology and Energy

Chapter 6
Valuing Networks: Politics and Economics

Chapter 7
Learning Networks: Education and Communications

Chapter 8
Growing Networks: Personal and Spiritual Growth

Chapter 9
Evolving Networks: Global and Futures

Chapter 10
What is a Network? A Model of Structure and Process

Chapter 11
What Does It Mean? Evolution, Systems, and Networks

Chapter 12
The Art of Networking

Organization Guide

Location Guide

Keyword Guide

Title Guide



Networking: The First Report and Directory is two books in one: It is a report on networking and it is a directory of networks. The report is divided into twelve chapters. The directory is divided into five guides. All directory pages are indicated by a shaded corner, as on the page.

Each group whose name appears in this book has its own letter/number code that enables you to cross-reference the group within the various parts of the directory. The code consists of a letter-H, S, U, V, L, G, or E-and a number. The letter tells you which chapter of the book contains the contact information for the group. Thus, the networks listed in Chapter 3, Healing Networks, are coded H, while the networks listed in Chapter 4, Sharing Networks, are coded S. The listings of networks that follow Chapters 3 through 9 are collectively known as the Topic Guide.

All the networks listed in the seven topical areas are indexed together in the four guides that follow Chapter 12.

The Organization Guide is an alphabetical listing of every in the book.

The Location Guide is a geographical listing of the networks.

The Keyword Guide provides a sampling of the issues, interests, and values of the networks.

The Title Guide provides a sampling of the publications and materials the networks produce.

The 1526 names that appear here are among about 1600 groups that responded to the 4000 letters we sent out over an 18-month period. These names are not endorsements or recommendations: They are examples of what people are doing with their time. In one way or another, all the groups whose names appear here identify with the idea of networking-people connecting with people.