WIE.org Nominated For Second Consecutive Webby Award in 2007

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What Is Enlightenment? magazine's Web site WIE.ORG, the 2006 Webby's People's Voice winner, is honored again with a prestigious Webby Award nomination for best Web site in the Religion and Spirituality category.

WIE.org, the Web site for the award-winning magazine What Is Enlightenment? received its second consecutive Webby Award nomination as the Best Religion and Spirituality Web site in 2007. WIE.org, the 2006 Webby People's Voice winner in this category, is produced by EnlightenNext, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the evolution of consciousness and culture. Founder and visionary of WIE.org, Andrew Cohen, inspires a dedicated staff of talented designers lead by Will Rogers and Webmaster Jeff Bellsey.

Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "WIE.org's Webby nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

"WIE.org's vision is to create an online forum for the evolution of consciousness and culture," says Executive Senior Editor Carter Phipps. "By bringing together scientists, mystics, activists, business people, and philosophers, WIE.org is forging new perspectives from which we can begin to address the challenging problems of our moment in history."

As a nominee for a Webby Award, EnlightenNext's WIE.org is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 10th to April 27th at http://pv.webbyawards.com/account/login.

The 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.

Winners will be announced on May 1, 2007 and honored at The 11th Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 5th.

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 http://www.WIE.org created in 1999. Its newest venture is an online multimedia subscription based service http://www.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. It is based in Lenox, Massachusetts. http://www.enlightennext.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, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, 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 http://www.iadas.net.

Amy Edelstein, Communications Director
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