Institute for Local Self-Reliance
> Dawn Vignola wrote:
> > I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science at The George Washington
> > University. I am contacting you in the hopes that you will be able to
> > help me with my research.
> > I found your organization through the IATP web-site. Your group and
> > Neil Seldman also were recommended by local groups, such as Recycling
> > Advocates of Middle Tennessee, and one of my professors, Dr. Jeff
> > Henig.
> > I am researching the effects of information and communication
> > technologies on grassroots movements through a case study of waste
> > facility disputes. In particular, I am doing an empirical analysis of
> > the whether it is worthwhile for grassroots groups to invest their
> > limited resources in these new technologies.
> > I am looking for people to answer a survey; specifically, people from
> > local or neighborhood groups as well as larger organizations who have
> > opposed permits for the siting of, expansion of, or change to waste
> > facilities. The survey is an informational survey about the use of
> > information and communication technologies during a waste facility
> > dispute. I do not necessarily need in-depth information about the
> > dispute itself. In terms of waste facility dispute cases, I am only
> > looking at disputes that have been resolved, or have had an initial
> > decision made, although they may be currently in appeal. Would you be
> > willing to provide the following information:
> > 1. Information about any local groups you might be aware of that
> > opposed the existence of, siting of or change to a waste facility. I
> > wish to survey these local opposition groups and/or individuals
> > regarding their usage of information and communication technologies. If
> > your organization feels comfortable could you provide me with the names
> > of the individuals or local groups and their addresses, so that I may
> > send them a request to fill out a survey.
> > 2. Any person in your organization that would be willing to fill
> > out a survey on your organization's usage of information and
> > communication technologies.
> > I realize that you may consider some of the requested information to be
> > sensitive, and I will guarantee that it will remain confidential. If
> > need be, I will return the information to you after final approval of my
> > dissertation. I would truly appreciate any help you can give me with
> > this research. Also, please let me know if you cannot provide any of
> > the above information.
> > Sincerely,
> > Dawn Vignola
> > Political Sci. Dept., GWU
> > email: email@example.com
> > or firstname.lastname@example.org
> > (703) 920-8936
> > 1600 S. Joyce St., #1620
> > Arlington, VA 22202