began in 1986. Yes, 1986...a long time before the internet 'explosion'
we are currently witnessing. GreenNet, unlike many other Internet
Service Providers, is geared to the needs of non profit organisations,
activists and people working for social change. In November 2001, GreenNet celebrated 15
years of work dedicated to supporting and promoting groups
and individuals working for peace, human rights and the environment,
through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). You
can read about our history here.
is a collective?
did it all begin?
can I support GreenNet?
easy is it to join?
services does GreenNet provide?
account should I choose?
I tailor an account to suit my needs?
does GreenNet design web sites for?
training courses are available?
are the training courses aimed at?
do GreenNet users say?
choose GreenNet when I can use a free service?
do I contact GreenNet?
What is GreenNet?
in 1986 as a not for profit collective, GreenNet is an Internet Service
Provider dedicated to supporting and promoting groups and individuals
working for peace, human rights and the environment through the use of
information and communication technologies (ICTs). GreenNet, an active
member of the NGO community, set up the GreenNet Educational Trust in
1994, a registered charity. Any profits from GreenNet’ s activities
go into the GreenNet Educational Trust to support and promote the use of
ICTs. GreenNet is a founding member of the only global network
working for peace, human rights and the environment - the Association for Progressive
What is a collective?
collective organisation is one in which a group of people work together
on the basis of equal benefit to all. There is no hierarchical
structure, the organisation is jointly operated, with all staff members
having equal decision making powers, and equal responsibility. In the
case of the GreenNet collective, staff members do not benefit from
GreenNet's profits, or have any shares in GreenNet. GreenNet is owned by
the GreenNet Educational Trust (GET), a registered charity (registered
charity no. 1037080). Any profit made by GreenNet goes directly into the
GreenNet Educational Trust (GET) towards the implementation of projects.
How did it all begin?
began as a cheap and effective way for environmental activists to
communicate. In 1989, GreenNet began collaborating and exchanging
information with similar networks in other countries.
the Association for Progressive
Communications (APC) was formed by these networks. The APC currently
has 25 member networks serving over 50,000 activists, non-profit
organisations, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in
over 133 countries. The APC is committed to supporting international
links with Southern member and partner networks.
has provided an international gateway for small, indigenous networks in
African and Asian countries since 1987. The gateway has supported email
exchange between the internet and 52 networks in Africa and Asia -
sometimes the link being the only means of electronic communication for
NGOs and other organisations in those countries.
and other APC networks pay a percentage of its income to the APC
Secretariat to support the operations of the Association.
How can I support GreenNet?
GreenNet to survive and develop we need the continued support of our
users and to recruit new members. You can help by simply promoting an
account with GreenNet, or advertising our services at an event you are
attending. We also organise ad swaps with users and attend users events
If you can
help with GreenNet outreach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are
interested in helping our work, you can volunteer to help and lend your
skills to further the projects. If there is an area that you would like
to get more involved with please get in touch. You can email email@example.com
also contribute towards the work of the GreenNet Educational Trust in
similar ways, including donating your time or resources to help
implement the charity's objectives.
Who uses GreenNet?
has developed specifically to support small to medium sized
organisations, in particular, activists and NGO's. GreenNet hosts web
pages for organisations whose work is consistent with our mission, which
is to work with movements for peace, economic and social justice, human
rights and environmental sustainability around the world. Check the drop
down menu below for a clickable list of all GreenNet User's web
Why choose GreenNet?
is unlike any other ISP. When you choose any service, we're there for
you, providing a reliable and advanced support able to deal with all
major email programs. We provide services aimed specially at our user
community and our users find our more personalised support service
invaluable. Our expert support team go through any problems with you,
talking through your difficulties.
defend your right to communicate and support users' on-line campaigns
As an active member
of the NGO community, GreenNet' s staff have extensive experience of
political and social movements. We continue to develop resources,
training and tools for civil society organisations to use the Internet
safely and productively to campaign on social justice issues. All our
users have access to discussions of significant issues and are very
welcome to participate and express their views.
GreenNet you are assured of:
An ethical and reliable service with
Low cost, effective communication
Reduced costs for
How easy is it to join?
Connected to GreenNet is easy! We provide extensive support, training
and on-line resources. The interface is designed to be easy and quick to
use for those who don't know much about computers.
What services do GreenNet
provide?GreenNet is a
one-stop resource for:
and much more, all
supported extensively over the phone and via e-mail
What account should I choose?
GreenNet's users have an organisational
account. This service is cost effective and comprehensive. It
includes: Domain style email addresses e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
forwarded to an e-mail or to a Local Area Network (LAN) and Domain
registration i.e. www.yourname.org.uk with 20MB webspace, and
don't need all the features of this account, check out our standard
Can I tailor an account to suit my
There are a
number of possible additional features, including:
Front page extensions
GreenNet support team will talk you through all your options and help
you choose the account that meets your needs. Contact email@example.com
Who does GreenNet design web sites
GreenNet Design specialises in creating web sites for the
NGO and non-profit community. We have extensive
experience in making web sites that work for positive change.
general, GreenNet does not provide Web Services for commercial purposes,
except where it is consistent with our mission.
specialises in content driven websites. Using a tool called ActionApps,
a content management tool, you can add new sections to existing sites,
or form the basis of developing a new site. Check out the GreenNet
webpages for more information.
What training courses are available?
courses include: Web design using
also offer specialised training at home or in the office. All training
courses are developed for our users and offered to them at discounted
Who are the training courses aimed at?
has been training organisations and individuals in Information and
Communication Technology since 1986. Our courses combine practical
knowledge and hands on experience to deliver a whole range of Internet
skills. Our trainings are developed to provide specially tailored
courses to meet individual needs and also the needs of individual
What do GreenNet users say?
GreenNet support, Joyce from Genetics says:
like a support stocking, and all the rest are just pants! I often had
technical problems, and I have always found that GreenNet staff were
ready and able to help - sometimes outwith their normal office hours.
There was none of this business of hanging on for ages waiting for
impersonal call centres to answer, and I don't think I've ever had
GreenNet not return a call when they promised to."
"GreenNet's ethos as a co-operative, serving causes related
to social and ecological justice... if that costs something in
comparison with, say, Freeserve, then perhaps this is the inevitable
cost of building the 'right relationship'."
"Your work to
counter and stall, derail, defang and maybe even abolish the RIP bill
has been pretty impressive. To watch a well coordinated campaign unfold
by resourceful, committed people is enlightening."
(just another hippie in Oregon USA)
Why choose GreenNet when I can use a free
range of services, web hosting etc., for PC and MAC users;
and user documentation downloads;
personal telephone support for the cost of a local UK call;
- Reliability, even at peak times;
rate training courses;
roaming facility for overseas access;
- Specialised NGO community knowledge;
expertise in online campaigning methods and tools;
to international NGO information/news/activities;
- Join a
community of like-minded people;
- Establish a personal relationship with your ISP;
works to protect your Internet Rights.
How do I contact GreenNet?
have access to email, you can send any queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively,
contact the GreenNet Support team by phone on: 0845 0554011 between
09.30 and 17.30 Monday to Friday.
GreenNet is also a member of the Internet Service Provders Association, Nominet UK (.uk domain registrar), and CISAS.
GreenNet, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT
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