Some Organizations Working Toward a Sustainable and More Equitable World


Business and the Economy

Alliance for a Caring Economy — "The mission of the Alliance for a Caring Economy is to change the rules by which our economic systems operate, so we value caring and caretaking; recognize and reward the individuals and organizations which provide caring; and promote a shift from uncaring to caring throughout society."

The Alliance for Democracy — "is a new Populist movement --- not a political party --- setting forth to end the domination of our economy, our government, our culture, our media and the environment by large corporations. We aim to promote true democracy in our country and help achieve a just society with a sustainable, equitable economy. We work together with other organizations, both here and abroad, who share these goals."

Ashoka — "identifies and supports leading social entrepreneurs around the world. These practical visionaries have the entrepreneurial drive and creativity to transform the systems in their respective societies in order to bring about large scale social change."

Center for the Advancement of Public Policy — "fosters equitable, democratic, and humane management in government, corporations, and other organizations; seeks the elimination of prejudice, sexism, and discrimination in the workplace and in society; and promotes democratic government through research, investigation and education."

Center for Economic and Social Justice — "promotes a free enterprise approach to global economic justice through expanded capital ownership."

Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) — "is a non-profit coalition of investors, public pension funds, foundations, labor unions, and environmental, religious and public interest groups, working in partnership with companies toward the common goal of environmental responsibility worldwide."

CorpWatch — “CorpWatch counters corporate-led globalization through education and activism. We work to foster democratic control over corporations by building grassroots globalization--a diverse movement for human rights, labor rights and environmental justice.”

Global Business Network — "a unique network of organizations and individuals committed to reperceiving the present in order to anticipate the future and better manage strategic response."

International Forum on Globalization — "advocates equitable, democratic and ecologically sustainable economics. It is formed in response to the present world-wide drive toward a globalized economic system dominated by supranational corporate trade and banking institutions that are not accountable to democratic processes or national governments. These current trends toward globalization are neither historically inevitable nor desirable."

Media Foundation — "a global network of artists, writers, students, educators, and entrepreneurs who want to launch the new social activist movement of the information age. Our goal is to galvanize resistance to those who would destroy the environment, pollute our minds and diminish our lives. To this end, the Media Foundation publishes Adbusters magazine; operates this website; and offers its creative services through PowerShift, our advocacy advertising agency."

National Center for Employee Ownership — "a private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), broadly granted employee stock options, and employee participation programs."

New Economics Foundation — "The New Economics Foundation (NEF) works to construct a new economy centred on people and the environment."

Social Venture Network — "has advanced the movement for social responsibility in business and played a role in creating a more just, humane and sustainable society."

United for a Fair Economy — "a national, independent, nonpartisan organization that puts a spotlight on the dangers of growing income, wage and wealth inequality in the United States and coordinates action to reduce the gap."

Sustainable Economics links  — (Cultural Creatives list)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD) — "is a coalition of 125 international companies united by a shared commitment to the environment and to the principles of economic growth and sustainable development."


Community — Local and Global

Association of World Citizens — works "with people, progressive governments, and international institutions to create a Global Village of lasting peace, social and economic justice, and the foundation for a new civilization based on respect for life and the environment."

Community Actions links  — (Cultural Creatives list)

The Co-Intelligence Institute — "exists to catalyze the sustainablility and conscious evolution of human culture. ... Ultimately, the goal of the CII is the conscious evolution of culture in harmony with nature and with the highest human potentials."

Context Institute — "Since 1979…exploring and clarifying just what is involved in a humane sustainable culture — and how we can get there." Publisher of In Context an online journal dealing with humane sustainable culture. Back issues available on line.

Cultural Creatives — "The purpose of this website is to give you more information about the Cultural Creatives, including whether you are one. The story of the Cultural Creatives is the story of a whole culture, so one option you'll have on this site is to see the big picture. And it is also a personal story of how people choose a new life path, leaving behind old values and beliefs, picking and choosing their way to a new kind of life."

Foundation for Conscious Evolution — provides “a new context to ‘converge that which is emerging’ and to invite everyone to participate more fully in the cocreation of a future equal to our spiritual, social, and scientific capacities.”

Foundation for Global Community — "Our mission is to contribute to an evolution of cultural values, from today’s dominant focus on "more," on growth and materialism, to an emphasis on "enough," on quality and excellence of spirit. Our goal is a culture that works for the diversity and sustainability of all life."

Idealist — Links to 15,000 organizations.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy — [whose] "mission is to create environmentally and economically sustainable rural communities and regions through sound agriculture and trade policy."

Institute for Local Self-Reliance — "is a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies."

Institute for Policy Studies — "The purpose of this website is to provide resources for local elected officials (LEOs), scholars, and activists on economic and environmental policies to help make their communities more self-reliant and sustainable."

New Civilization Network — "is a meeting place for people of good will who are working on building a world that works for all of us."

One World — "is an internet community of over 1,250 organisations leading the way for human rights and sustainable development worldwide." (Find links to the partner organizations at

Project Heaven on Earth — "a partnership of people committed to making our home planet work. We offer a doorway through which you can make your own unique contribution to creating Heaven on Earth. We'll help you discover and clarify your contribution. We'll connect you with others from around the world who share your interest and your gift."

Public Citizen — "is the consumer's eyes and ears in Washington. With the support of more than 150,000 people like you, we fight for safer drugs and medical devices, cleaner and safer energy sources, a cleaner environment, fair trade, and a more open and democratic government."

Search Institute — "an independent, nonprofit organization committed not only to contributing to the knowledge base about youth development, but also committed to translating high-quality research on children and youth into practical ideas, tools, services, and resources for families, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, and communities."

Sustainable Communities Network — "Linking citizens to resources and to one another to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities."

Talking and Thinking with Each Other links  — (Cultural Creatives list)


Conservation and the Environment

Earth Island Institute — "fosters the efforts of creative individuals by providing organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment. EII provides activists the freedom to develop program ideas, supported by services to help them pursue those ideas, with a minimum of bureaucracy."

Ecotrust — "support[s] the emergence of a conservation economy in the coastal temperate rain forest region of North America."

Envirolink — "the online environmental community."

Environmental Defense Fund — "The Environmental Defense Fund is a not-for-profit environmental advocacy group with four main goals: (1) Stabilizing the Earth's climate, (2) Safeguarding the world's oceans, (3) Protecting human health, and (4) Defending and restoring biodiversity."

Environmental Research Foundation — "Providing understandable scientific information about human health and the environment."

Friends of the Earth — "is a national environmental organization dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet for future generations. As the largest international environmental network in the world with affiliates in 63 countries, Friends of the Earth empowers citizens to have an influential voice in decisions affecting their environment."

Preservation Institute — "is dedicated to developing a new politics that recognizes the limits of technology."

Sierra Club — "Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet." Founded in 1892, the 700,000 member Sierra Club refers to itself as "America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

World Conservation Union — "a union of governments, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations working at the field and policy levels, together with scientists and experts, to protect nature."


Global Ethics

The Club of Budapest — “is an international association dedicated to developing a new way of thinking and a new ethics that will help tackle the social, political, economic, and ecological challenges of the 21st century.”  Members of this prestigious organization include the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vaclav Havel, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, and other prominent people concerned about these issues.

The Earth Charter Initiative — “For over a decade diverse groups throughout the world have endeavored to create an Earth Charter that sets forth fundamental ethical principles for a sustainable way of life. Hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals have been involved in the process.” Charter drafts in many languages and and current information about the Charter is available at:


Global Problems and Solutions

Best Practices Database — "is a joint product of UN-HABITAT and The Together Foundation" that "contains over 1600 proven solutions from more than 140 countries to the common social, economic, and environmental problems of an urbanizing world. It demonstrates the practical ways in which public, private and civil society sectors are working to improve governance, eradicate poverty, provide access to shelter, land and basic services, protect the environment and support economic development." Project summaries can be viewed at no cost; full details require a paid subscription.

The Center for Visionary Leadership — seeks "to develop and support values-based visionary leadership in all fields of human endeavor" by "developing a new political process that goes beyond left and right and finds common ground on divisive issues." Of particular interest is their extensive collection of Best Practices — innovative solutions to social problems — at:

Institute for Global Creative Perspective — was established "to engage in action research and to provide education, training, and resources for the emerging "Globally Aware Citizen Actor" in the transforming world of the 21st Century." Their Web site offers "insights and resources to citizens and NGOs who wish to learn more about why the present mode of globalization is coming under attack and how to become involved, to become aware of the global alternatives, and to discover and engage in strategies for transformation personally, locally and globally."

International Crisis Group — is "an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, with over 80 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict…. ICG's approach is grounded in field research. Teams of political analysts are located within or close by countries at risk of outbreak, escalation or recurrence of violent conflict. Based on information and assessments from the field, ICG produces regular analytical reports containing practical recommendations targeted at key international decision-takers." ICG is jointly funded by a large group of foundations, individuals, and national governments, and its reports provide a detailed look at crisis situations from a solution-oriented perspective.

The Union of International Associations — presents analyses and creative ideas from thousands of intergovernmental and tens of thousands of nongovernmental organizations in its hyperlinked online databases. Particularly relevant to the world problematique are their free "world problems/issues" and "strategies/actions" databases:

World Wisdom Council — "has been convened by the Club of Budapest in cooperation with the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality in the conviction that the paramount requirement in this age of discontinuity and transformation is to recognize that, through the development of a new dimension of consciousness, the world can be constructively changed by women and men wherever they live and whatever their interests and lot in life." Of particular interest is the Budapest Declaration of the WWC entitled "Wisdom at the Tipping Point: Shifting to New Thinking and a New Civilization."


The Integral Approach

Integral Institute — “is dedicated to the proposition that piecemeal approaches to the world’s problems…not only no longer help but often compound the problem, and they need to be replaced by approaches that are more comprehensive, systematic, encompassing — and integral.  Integral Institute functions as a network of many of the most highly influential integral theorists now working, an information clearing house, a source of funding for integral research, and a coordinating center for thousands of integral researchers from around the world.”  Details at,8287/yid,9296268

The Network For Creative Change — “change based on a systemic perspective which views the world as interconnected, the whole as greater than the parts, the intuitive as important as the rational, [and] all knowledge as interrelated...” A highly useful, multifaceted resource.

Union of International Associations — presents analyses and creative ideas from thousands of intergovernmental and tens of thousands of nongovernmental organizations in its hyperlinked online databases. Of particular interest are the free “world problems/issues,” “strategies/actions,” “human values,” and “human development” databases:


Political Reform

Center for Responsive Politics — "The online source for money in politics data." Winner 2002: Best Politics Web Site.

The Center for Visionary Leadership — seeks "to develop and support values-based visionary leadership in all fields of human endeavor" by "developing a new political process that goes beyond left and right and finds common ground on divisive issues."

Center for Voting and Democracy — "researches and disseminates information on how voting systems affect voter participation, accountable governance and fair representation."

Council of Canadians — "is Canada's pre-eminent citizens' watchdog organization, comprised of over 100,000 members and 50 chapters across the country. Strictly non-partisan, the Council lobbies Members of Parliament, conducts research, and runs national campaigns aimed at putting some of the country's most important issues into the spotlight…"

Democracy University — produces and sells at low cost ($5 per VHS tape, $2.50 per DVD) videos that feature progressive speakers such as Noam Chomsky, Helen Caldicott, Scott Ritter, Howard Zinn, and Dennis Kucinich speaking on social justice issues. For more information go to their web site:

Independent Progressive Politics Network"Building a unified, independent, progressive alternative to the corporate-controlled, Democrat/Republican political/economic system."

Public Campaign — "real solutions to clean up the campaign finance mess in this country"


Transcending Polarization Through Dialogue

Conversation Cafes — "Our purpose is to invite EVERYONE to connect in conversations that matter. In other words, we see the possibility of creating a culture of conversation that could transform our world.... At Conversation Cafés, we will learn together how to create a culture of conversation—which is a culture of intelligence, peace, and political awareness."  

Public Conversations Project — "Our Mission: To foster a more inclusive, empathetic and collaborative society by promoting constructive conversations and relationships among those who have differing values, world views, and positions about divisive public issues."
Home Page:

Citizen Conversation, Dialogue, Deliberation and Reflection (CCDDR) Program — This is a project of the Co-Intelligence Institute, the purpose of which is "To catalyze a movement which recognizes and establishes citizen conversation, dialogue, deliberation and reflection (CCDDR) as a central factor in the life, well-being, peace, governance, intelligence and survival of communities, regions, states, nations and the world." 

Democracy in America Project — This group is planning "three day civic dialogue events [in 2006 and 2008] consisting of small and large group facilitated and un-facilitated sessions. The first day and a half will consist of processes that help create an atmosphere of trust and cooperation among diverse people. The second day and a half will create a focused outcome -- a Declaration from this microcosm of America to America at large."  

Institute for 21st Century Agoras — "is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to vigorous democracy on the model of that practiced in the agoras of ancient Greece. It employs Co-Laboratories of Democracy that enable civil dialogue in complex situations." The Co-Laboratories are discussed at, and click here for information about the book Co-Laboratories of Democracy: How People Harness Their Collective Wisdom to Create the Future.  


Awakening EarthFounded by Duane Elgin, “the purpose of this site is to provide knowledge resources that foster a sustainable, compassionate, and creative future.” — “is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the wider aspects of the Complex System sciences by education, synthesis and by the integration of the theories into the mainstream viewpoints of arts, philosophy and science.”  Directly related to sustainability is their Action page, “an attempt to make explicit the contributions systems theory can make to creating wisdom in our behaviours.”
Home page:
Action page: 

Center for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment — maintains this extensive set of links to online sustainable development resources.

Energy Foundation — "is a partnership of major foundations interested in sustainable energy."

Factor 10 Institute — “The Factor 10 Institute has been created to provide practical support for achieving significant advances in resource productivity in the production and consumption sectors…”

International Center for Technology Assessment — "is a non-profit, bi-partisan organization committed to providing the public with full assessments and analyses of technological impacts on society."

International Institute for Sustainable Development: Linkages site — "a multimedia resource for environmental and development policy makers."

Loka Institute — "Making Research, Science & Technology Responsive to
Democratically Decided Social & Environmental Concerns"

People & the Planet — “ provides a global review and internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. … Launched in September 2000, this website originates from People & the Planet, the acclaimed quarterly international magazine which was launched at the Earth Summit in Rio, in 1992.”

Renewable Energy Policy Project — "a pioneering force publishing information about renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability available on the Internet"

Resource Renewal Institute — "RRI’s main role is to promote the implementation of green plans — long-term, comprehensive strategies designed to achieve sustainability."

Rocky Mountain Institute — "is a nonprofit research and educational foundation with a vision across boundaries. Its mission is to foster the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security."

SD Gateway — "integrates the online information developed by members of the Sustainable Development Communications Network — a group of non-governmental organizations working together to find ways of using the Internet to meet the goals of sustainable development." Excellent resource; many links to organizations and articles.

World Resources Institute — "believes a healthy environment and healthy economy can coexist. Since 1982, we have used information and knowledge as tools to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations."

Worldwatch Institute — "is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems."


Voluntary Simplicity

Center for a New American Dream — "helps individuals and institutions reduce and shift consumption to enhance our quality of life and protect the environment."

Living More Lightly links  — (Cultural Creatives list)

The New Road Map Foundation — "provides people with practical tools and innovative approaches for managing and mastering basic life challenges. Our name reflects the fact that people need new ways to navigate the road of life — ways based on a vision of a cooperative cooperative human community in a diverse yet interconnected world."

Personal Actions links  — (Cultural Creatives list)

 The Simple Living Network — "an online service containing thousands of pages of information about publications and tools for those wanting to learn how to live a more conscious, simple, healthy and restorative lifestyle."


Wisdom Development

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education — "is committed to the Dalai Lama's vision 'to develop the heart, be compassionate, work for peace in your heart and in the world'."


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