Note from Beth: I've been fan of Wiser Earth ever since I had the opportunity to hear Peggy Duvette and Angus Parker discuss their approach almost a year ago. I'm thrilled that Peggy Duvette, Executive Director, agreed to share a post about their new capacity to speak many languages and its offline events.
WiserEarth.org, a nonprofit that offers social networking for the international sustainability movement, launched today in French, Portuguese, and Spanish beta versions. This effort was realized thanks to more than 10 months of work by a team of 43 volunteer translators based in Brazil, France, Mexico and the US.
French, Portuguese and Spanish speakers can now connect with like-minded people on WiserEarth, set up their own groups, and search easily for information on nonprofits and social change organizations all over the
WiserEarth offers a free and ad-free network to a vibrant member base of 37,000+ people from 231 countries, regions and territories. It is an innovative alternative to commercial social networking sites such as Facebook and Orkut, and contains over 2,000 member-created groups and 110,000 organizations in its directory.
The site was launched three years ago on Earth Day by environmentalist, writer and visionary, Paul Hawken. WiserEarth has stood the test of time and become a valuable resource for activists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and changemakers working towards a just and sustainable world.
WiserEarth has also been connecting communities on the ground. In Paris, France, WiserEarth launched its first WiserTuesday gatherings, face-to-face meetups for people interested in social change, sustainability and
technology to meet, share ideas and experiences. WiserTuesdays have spread to London, UK and Monrovia, Liberia. From these WiserTuesday meetings spawned the creation of a Social Innovation Camp in Paris in June. This will be an unconference where social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and individuals will share and discuss innovative technology moving us towards a just and sustainable world.
Peggy Duvette is the Executive Director of WiserEarth and Director of Natural Capital Institute (NCI).