Wiser.org, formerly WiserEarth.org, is a user-generated online community space for the social and environmental movement. As one of the social networks for environmental sustainability and social change, Wiser.org is the primary initiative of the non-profit organization WiserEarth, which tracks the work of non-profits around the world. The site maps and connects non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, governments, groups, and individuals addressing global issues such as climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights, and more.
Wiser.org was launched as WiserEarth.org on Earth Day (April 22) 2007 as an online directory of the 100,000+ organizations touched upon in Paul Hawken's book, Blessed Unrest. Hawken had amassed a collection of business cards from thousands of organizations over the years, but had not found a comprehensive directory listing all non-profit organizations involved in the social justice and environmental sector. Estimating the total number of non-profit organizations around the world to be well over a million, Hawken launched Wiser.org, which stands for the World Index for Social and Environmental Responsibility, as an online directory to help map out the work done by these organizations. Today, Wiser.org incorporates additional social networking features, such as status updates, likes, walls, groups, and email messaging to provide greater possibilities for collaboration. Wiser.org has expanded its organization directory to include listings of for-profit businesses and government agencies.
Facts and figures
As of September 15, 2012, Wiser.org provides a directory of more than 114,000 organizations worldwide, over 71,900 registered members, and more than 2,800 groups. It features resources and information on various social issues ranging from women's rights to climate change. These resources and information are organized into 47 distinct issue areas and 381 sub-issue areas. Wiser.org is currently available in English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The Wiser.org Directory is organized around a master list of issues which are "networked" in such a way that registered users can edit the "connections" of each issue to organizations, resources, jobs, events, and groups. The website features groupware and social networking components including graphical "Network Maps". A unique "Solution form" allows any logged in user to state a serious social or environmental problem and propose a way to solve it. The Solution then becomes a named entity that can be shared, modified, and acted upon as the proposed solution is implemented in the real world. The solution form includes a place to record results and observations. Each Solution is provided with a publishing and networking page and a discussion forum. Wiser.org also incorporates embedded Google Maps integrated with the geographical data. The website is a non-profit venture and is free to the public. The data is published under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.
As of June 2009, Wiser.org offers a RESTful API developed under a Creative Commons 3.0 license. The Wiser.org API provides access to an extensive database of "entities" such as Organizations, Groups, Jobs, Events, Resources, and Solutions. There is an associated FAQ and a Developer's Documentation page.
- Treehugger article
-  "WiserEarth tracks the work of nonprofits around the world" by Elsa Wenzel cnet news, October 21, 2007
- Hawken, P. (2007). Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. Viking Press. ISBN 978-0-670-03852-7
- MetropolisMag.com - Blessed Unrest
-  Beth's Blog - How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media
- "Paul Hawken Speaks about Social Change:The New Global Movement" by Felicia M. Tomasko Santa Barbara Independent, Thursday, May 10, 2007
- Wiser.org organizations
- Wiser.org Members
- Wiser.org Groups
- Wiser.org Issue Areas page
- Wiser.org API FAQ
- Wiser.org API Documentation
- Wiser.org: The Social Network for Sustainability
- About Wiser.org
- Grover, Sami (2007-06-21). "WISER Earth: User Created Directory of 'the Largest Movement on Earth' : TreeHugger". Treehugger. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
- Blessed Unrest for a Wiser Earth: John Stauber interviews Paul Hawken