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April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I have been at this activism game for nearly 50 years, and I have never met or worked with any media activists, anywhere, who were nearly as dedicated, tireless, intelligent, talented, fast and effective as they are. They have covered hundreds of crucial local and regional events and conflicts--and quite a few national ones--on very short notice, very effectively, and often without even their expenses being covered. There have been literally dozens of occasions when I have personally called them---maybe two days or three before some breaking event, or before a crucial seminar that needs to be recorded, or some protest that needs support---and one way or another they find a way to be there, either together or separately to get that job done, and well done. Sometimes I have been able to pay them their expenses--and rarely a fee---but often times not. But they will do it anyway because...their sense of priorities is so clear. But it's not only that they show up, they do the job with confidence, efficiency and expertise and without drama!!. And often as not, within 48 hours they have delivered a full length 30 minute or 60 minute clean, tight product and have started getting it distributed. There is no media team like this anywhere. They are guerilla media heros, and I am not kidding about that. They have one major flaw: They consistently drop the ball on getting themselves funded. It seems like the last thing on their agenda, and so they often find themselves scrambling to keep going, and to cover their basic operating expenses. Now, in hard times, I think they are feeling that pressure right now. If there was a Prize for Most Valuable Community Media Resource, they would win it every year. And beyond our community, they have covered events all over the country and the world, whenever someone is able to cover their costs, or even if they have to scrape the barrel somewhere to just get themselves to Europe, or South America or the Philippines....wherever something urgent is happening. We at ifg always try to bring them, when we can, and when they do come to cover, say, a seminar we are doing in London.....they find a way to hang out and dig up stories on other important things in the region, such as Rob Hopkins' work in Devon. They are great and I urge everyone to try and help them keep their great work moving forward

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dozens of events that we have produced on urgent issues relating to the global economic crisis, in particular, and climate change and others. They are the most responsive, professional and effective group I have ever worked with.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Professionalism, dedication, easiness, great knowledge, speed, and total engagement.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It doesnt need 10 million bucks. It could use $40-50,000 to hire one or two staff for management, research, and distribution.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I contacted Eon3 and on very short notice, they videotaped my report back on our trip to Iran and then made a dvd of the talk, made copies available, and put it on their website and made it available for other websites - all free of charge. I have the sense that they know the planet and our civilization are in a fragile place and are happy to be of service in whatever way they can to grass-roots groups working for peaceful and positive change.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in their ability to document and make great videos and resources for the environmental, peace and social justice movements

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their friendliness and willingness to be helpful in whatever way they can.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make its valuable resources available to people and organizations around the world and multiply 1,000 times the great work they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 26, 2010

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April 26, 2010

EON has videotaped the key energy events in California for the past ten years, sometimes on behalf of WEM, sometimes for other funders, often on their own dime. They did it because they deeply understood that these are some of the most important events of our time. From the Calif. energy crisis (which kicked off the financial crises of our decade), through multiple campaigns for local public control of energy, EON's videos have exposed the phony greenwashing of the investor-owned utilities and vividly demonstrated that our communities can and must take charge of developing clean energy and addressing climate change.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

With brilliance and commitment, EON has brought to the screen a decade of historic energy struggles in California, plus the international context of climate change. In addition to the issues, they understand how to organize and support the community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone them! Get them a big beautiful space to work!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love their positive, can-do attitude, coupled with their comprehensive understanding of the human predicament at this point in history.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, responsive, and open to give and take.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create a how-to recipe for actually developing a clean energy future, and make it happen all around California — the US, and the world.

Ways to make it better...

If EON had more funding, they would be able to do even more wonderful work and promote themselves more. They would be able to inspire young videographers and activists, by showing what professional video documentarians can accomplish, on every level.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Passing along their incredible insights to the next generation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Check out their u-tube site and watch the videos! Better than a PhD!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

Ecological Options Network has become invaluable to me as a source that can document the importance of certain issues (often times environmental and health related) and bring them to those that can not attend certain meetings, hearings or can not displace themselves from thier county to another. For that, EON has become beyond helpful; they have become a critical part of circulating uncensored and professionally documented information California-wide, nation-wide and world-wide.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How they ADORE people and how they love to help people tell their story.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always professional, on time and completely dedicated to their profession, but most importantly...dedicated to people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to do what they already do so well, but with more expansion and less restriction. It could upgrade their cameras and other equipment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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