On the Internet, group communication has been a commonly enjoyed
pastime. Newsgroups range in topic from antique cars to databases
to genetic engineering. Although their popularity as public forums
has been declining recently due to the irresponsible mass postings
of 'spammers', they are still used by millions of people daily.
Mail lists, though, are poised to supersede the newsgroups as
the venue of choice, perhaps because they are easier to use for
the multitude of newcomers to the net. And finally, partially
in response to the increasing demand for 'intranet' communications,
computer conferences are also being used more frequently.
Regarding public forums for SRI on the net, there are no known
newsgroups, although there are: a private mail list for SIF members, a public SRB
mail list, and two public computer conferencing forums. None of
these seem to be extensively used.
"Members only: If you're not
yet on the SIF Email Discussion Group, join today. Over 100 members
discuss hot SRI issues daily. Subscriptions to the list are approved
for SIF members only. Send email to email@example.com
with the following information in
the body (leave the subject line blank):
subscribe sif-l your-full-name <firstname.lastname@example.org>"
"At last, a place for the enlightened discussion of Socially
Responsible Business and Investing. This is THE forum for discussion
and information exchange focused around aspects and topics of
socially responsible business (SRB) *AND* investing (SRI)."
Jepsen is the facilitator of the mail list. The list archive ends
in May 1995. (ibid.)
The Motley Fool website has an online forum on Socially Responsible
Investing (under Investors' Roundtable in Message Boards area).
Morningstar's online forum on socially
responsible investment has only 4 messages posted since May 1997.
"If you have access to America Online, come join us and others
in the "Socially Responsible Funds" topic in Morningstar's
Forum. To get there, GO TO>Keyword=morningstar.
Double click on Morningstar Forum. Click on Message
Boards. Click on List Topics. If this is your first
visit, double click on Socially Responsible Funds.
There is also a topic on "Socially Responsible Investing"
in the Motley Fool's Forum. GO TO>Keyword=fool.
Double click on Master Message Board. Double click on Investor's
Roundtable. Scroll down to and double click on Socially