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IGC: Progressive Networking and Future Collaboration

IGC Mission

The mission of IGC is to advance and inform movements for peace, economic and social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability around the world by promoting strategic use of appropriate computer networking technology.
We're proud to be in our twelfth year of progressive online networking!

The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well as online access and comprehensive Internet services for progressive individuals and organizations.

Our initial network, PeaceNet was founded in a garage in Palo Alto, California in 1986. Since then, IGC has expanded its capabilities to bring Internet tools and online services to organizations and activists working on peace, economic and social justice, human rights, environmental protection, labor issues and conflict resolution.

We've grown from a tiny project to a national membership of over 15,000, with links to networks and activists worldwide. Today IGC is a comprehensive Internet service, the nation's only non-profit, unionized, full-service Internet service provider. We also offer the following services: e-mail, public and private discussion forums (newsgroups), a new software package, mailing lists, domain name service, World Wide Web hosting and consulting and 24-hour, 7-day-a-week customer support.

We have plans for the future as well. To address the radical changes in the ways people access and use the Internet, we will provide flexible online collaboration tools and act as a clearing house for technological advancements. We will continue to improve our ability to facilitate the dissemination of and access to progressive information online to help individuals and groups work together. Our goal is to be the gateway for progressive Internet users. Find out more about IGC's products and services.

IGC headquarters are located at the Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. IGC and several other nonprofi organizations at the Presidio comprise The Thoreau Center for Sustainability, the first public/private partnership in a national park that combines sustainable design principles with historic rehabilitation criteria to rehabilitate four buildings in the Presidio.

History of IGC

In 1987, the Institute for Global Communications (IGC) was officially formed to manage PeaceNet and the newly acquired EcoNet. EcoNet was the world's first computer network dedicated to environmental preservation and sustainability and remains the best-known and most comprehensive online network of its kind.

IGC regards international cooperation and partnership as essential in addressing problems of the 20th and 21st century. IGC broadened its reach in 1988 to include international membership and began to collaborate with like-minded organizations outside the U.S. The first international link was made with GreenNet in the U.K. In 1989, IGC added Internet e-mail to its services.

In partnership with six international organizations, IGC co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in 1990. APC is an international coalition of progressive computer networks and to date includes 25 wholly autonomous but affiliated members and 40 partners. APC provides effective and efficient communications and information-sharing tools to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and citizen activists working for social change in more than 130 countries.

Since 1992, IGC and its APC members have been the primary information and communications service provider at UN world conferences, including the 1992 United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, the 1993 United Nations Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo and the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing.

ConflictNet, incorporated by IGC in 1989, provides information and communications for a network of people by promoting the constructive resolution of conflict. LaborNet, added in 1992, serves the community by working for the human rights and economic justice of workers.

IGC's newest network, WomensNet, was launched in early 1995. WomensNet is an online community of individuals and organizations who use computer technology to advance the interests of women worldwide. WomensNet played a key role in disseminating information at the World Conference on Women in Beijing and to the outside world as well.

IGC Staff & Advisory Board


Marci Lockwood, Executive Director,
Sara Busch, Director of Marketing and Business Development,
Bahij Jada, Director of Finance,
Patti Mallin, Director Program/Content,
Deborah Farrell, Director of Member Services,
Michael A deBeer, Director of Technical,


Debra Floyd, Special Projects Coordinator/Web Site Editor,
Maureen Mason, Program Staff/WomensNet Coordinator,
Andy Alm, Econet Advisor,
Neil Lahaie, Program Staff/LaborNet Coordinator,
Art McGee, Organizational Account Representative,
Steven Shults, Webweaver,
IGC Program-Content Department,
IGC Marketing,


Andy Alm, Consulting,
Anthony Whitworth, Consulting,

Member Services and Technical Support

Terri Flamer, Member Services/Technical Support Representative,
Maria Gutierrez, Phone Support,
Pia Jensen, Member Service Representative,
Lilliette Najarro, Member Services Technical Support Supervisor,
Claudia Najarro, Member Serivces Technical Support Coordinator,
Soledad Nevarez, Receptionist/Support,
Charlie Rosenberg, E-Mail Support, support5@i

IGC Advisory Board

China Brotsky, Chair
      Director of Special Projects, Tides Foundation, San Francisco
Drummond Pike
      President, Tides Foundation, San Francisco
Vance Yoshida
      Director of Operations, Tides Center, San Francisco
Barbara Guiffre
      Law Offices of B. Giuffre, San Francisco
Joanne Kliejunas
      Consultant, Oakland
Gil Friend
      Environmental Consultant, San Francisco
Nathaniel Borenstein
      School of Information, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Allan Hunt Badiner
     Writer, Ecological Activist, and Web Architect, Big Sur
Marci Lockwood, ex officio
      Executive Director, IGC, San Francisco

How to Contact Us:

Institute for Global Communications
Visit: Presidio Building 1012, First Floor, Torney Avenue
Write: P.O. Box 29904
San Francisco, CA 94129-0904
Phone: (415) 561-6100,
Fax: (415) 561-6101
Email: User Support:
IGC East Coast Contact Information

Write: 6741 Eastern Ave., Suite 200, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: (202) 588-5070
Fax: (301) 270-6416

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