EnlightenNext Wins Webby Award for WIE.org

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The people have spoken and the People’s Voice Award for the Best Religion and Spirituality Web Site goes to WIE.org at the 10th Annual Webby Awards.

EnlightenNext, the nonprofit educational organization “dedicated to a revolution in consciousness and culture” will be honored at the 10th Annual Webby Awards with the People’s Voice Award in the Best Religion and Spirituality web site category for WIE.org. WIE.org is the online web site for the award-winning magazine What Is Enlightenment? produced by EnlightenNext.

Hailed as the "online Oscars" by Time Magazine, the prestigious Webby Awards recognize the very best of the Internet in 69 business, consumer and culture categories, such as Community, Fashion, Film, Financial, Activism, Politics and Religion/Spirituality. This year, the People's Voice Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries and all 50 states. EnlightenNext and other winners will be honored at the gala awards ceremony hosted by Rob Corddry of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on June 12th in New York City.

More than 300,000 votes were cast in the Webby Award balloting process and WIE.org came out on top of fellow nominees like Beliefnet, NPR’s This I Believe and PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. WIE.org is a content rich resource web site offering downloadable audios, videos, and printable articles of interviews and investigations done by the editors of What Is Enlightenment? with the thought leaders of today.

“At EnlightenNext and WIE.org we’re trying to create a global network of individuals on the leading edge who are interested in facilitating a shift in consciousness,” says Andrew Cohen, founder of EnlightenNext. “It’s a challenging endeavor, but having the backing of the People’s Voice validates our mission. We’re honored that people recognize the value of the work we’re doing.”

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches. Last year's Webby Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Al Gore made worldwide headlines with his speech - "Please don't recount this vote."

The awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

"The winners of the 10th Annual Webby Awards reflect the web's incredible diversity and the vital role it plays in all aspects of our daily lives," said Tiffany Shlain, Webby founder and ambassador. "We're proud to salute the people and organizations whose groundbreaking ideas are reshaping how we experience our world."

Other winners of the 10th Annual Webby Awards will include a remarkable slate of Special Achievement honorees, including the founders of Myspace.com, Pulitzer winning author Thomas Friedman, internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban, recording artists The Gorillaz, and Internet co-inventor Dr. Robert Kahn.

EnlightenNext is a nonprofit, educational organization “dedicated to a revolution in human consciousness and culture.” It was founded by Andrew Cohen in 1986. EnlightenNext is the parent organization of the award-winning international magazine What Is Enlightenment? (WIE) founded in 1991 and WIE.org created in 1999. EnlightenNext also sponsors the Voices from the Edge international speakers series http://www.wie.org/voices which offers an annual calendar of lectures and seminars featuring innovative thinkers and prominent leaders in various fields of expertise. Its newest venture is an online multimedia subscription based service wie.org/unbound featuring audios and videos from today’s leading thinkers in business, politics, environmental issues, science, spirituality, and contemporary culture. EnlightenNext offers an accredited Master's Degree in Conscious Evolution in conjunction with The Graduate Institute in Connecticut. WIE magazine has an international readership of 75,000 and an online audience of more than 100,000 visitors monthly and growing. It is based in Lenox, Massachusetts. wie.org

About The Webby Awards:

Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: AOL; The Creative Group; Verizon; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; Fortune; OnRequest Images; IDG; iStockphoto; American Marketing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced Studios; MX Interactive and Museum of the Moving Image. For more information visit http://www.webbyawards.com.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS):

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, business guru and author Tom Peters, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group. For more information, visit iadas.net.

Contact: Hope Cohen

Publicity Director, EnlightenNext

413.637.6060

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