Now we are six
I first sent an e mail message to 17 People Who on January 27, 1993. Up until now I have been considering that the date for our annual report. This year, to match our fiscal year, I am changing my reporting date to as of January 1, using a calendar year. The numbers below are as of the last week in December.
People Who Net incorporated in January of 1999, was funded by CMHS through a Clearinghouse sub-contract with Rainier Web Services, bought hardware and software and established Lyris in the second quarter, moved some of The Madness Group lists from maelstrom.stjohns.edu, and has beenstable, running Lyris hosted at RWS, since then. IRS determined we were a 501 c 3 non-profit in the fall.
There are 83 lists, including lists for 17 U S states, at People Who Net and Rainier Web Services, administered by 33 volunteers. This is our core activity, perhaps 60% of our work. RWS has been generous in donating in kind services to host the six social responsibility lists. (We decided on this separation to not jeopardize our non-profit status and since then I have learned that it wasnt necessary, that the IRS rules allow the educating and lobbying we are doing.) Personal Pages has 52 entries and a manager. (www.peoplewho.net/personalpages email@example.com ) Each area has its own accomplishments, sharing of information, creating positions, building community, writing editorial letters, ... We circulate breaking news quickly. The activity on the state lists grows slowly, but steadily.
We have received an *unrestricted* ending cash balance of $17.39 and can accept contributions by mail and Internet and are a part of some bonus programs. (http://www.peoplewho.net/donate.htm ) (I am learning to use QuikBooks which Intuit donated to us. We have some restricted cash and that software too.)
Many of you know I have been working towards retiring from active daily management tasks. Im implementing that plan by stepping back. I have been focusing for all of this year on an organized future for People Who Net. One years funding is "assured" but not in hand. My personal goal was to finish my Ph D program and the related rehabilitation requirements and establish a smooth transition so that I could turn more attention to visioning and new directions. I will certainly be reading, joining discussions, and will feel less responsible, though I am still President and Coordinator of People Who Net. Im wanting to sit behind my computer less and get out more. My plans for next year so far include ten to thirteen trips to meetings in 00 and I will report back everything relevant.
The Internet is the future and we are here. Leadership in the next millennium will be distributed. Each of you will be heroes, each leaders, each witnesses. People Who Net at peoplewho.net, rainier-web.com, and stjohns.edu, as well as the lists at efn.org, egroups.com, walkers.org, pendulum.org, ... are a loosely connected network that is ready to be quickly mobilized to transform the lives of people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions. You know what to do with this community. Use it wisely. Use it well.