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    This site provides background and insights into the story behind Ishmael, the novel.

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Why is this site here? What is in this site?

After reading the works of Daniel Quinn many may feel compelled to aspire to be B, to become the message. Where does one start such a journey? This website is one place to begin. We do not claim to be the only path to B. Unlike the sustainability movement that is slowing gaining more and more believers by education and leading examples, we believe our mission is to guide, to assist, not to lead.

As an example, lets look at the cleaning supplies market place, specifically the e-commerce site of CleanItSupply. Here is an online website that originally catered to the commercial business market place for discount cleaning products. They have now expanded to service residential customers in search of quality cleaning products. They offer thousands of products including a line of Green certified products, made from natural and organic materials to safely clean schools, homes and businesses without harming the environment. This company may not be leading the “sustainability movement,” but they certainly are assisting those who want to be part of a green product movement. Likewise, we are here to offer a road map, an occasional shoulder to lean on, and a cool drink of sanity in a desert of systems thinkers. All helpful attributes as you start this journey.

Your journey to B is as unique as Jared’s…and as inspiring to others. Your experience with Ishmael is as unique as Julie’s and Alan’s. Please share your experience, your knowledge, your breakthroughs with all of us. In turn, we will provide the forum for you to locate and communicate with others who are the message.

How do we intend to accomplish this? Explore the past in the Origins section to see where all this came from. In the present, using the most advanced internet technology available, we have established several communication features in this webspace. To share your thoughts, ideas, and breakthroughs, visit and post to the Guestbook. Check out the Chat Room to communicate with others about the issues in DQ’s writings (including Daniel Quinn himself in the chat room occasionally). By the way, Daniel is currently chatting from Mexico where he is visiting friends and participating in a medical tourism program. Should be back in time to get the new freshman class up to speed.

To find other people, world-wide, who identify themselves as either seeking skills and resources or offering skills or resources related to the Ishmael vision, check out and enter yourself into the growing Ishmael Network. Daily, questions about DQ’s work are sent to this website. To date, over 200 different questions have been answered by Daniel Quinn and his colleagues in the Q and A section of the website. Beyond the interactive communication features, this website is a rich repository of materials related to the new vision that is articulated in Quinn’s writings. The Education section includes many never-published original works by DQ as well as interviews and suggested readings. Finally, the Vision is the future. This is where DQ is headed at the moment in his thinking, writing, and daily activities. The momentum is gathering…it may be sooner than we think that the river of vision that is our dysfunctional culture is diverted into a sustainable reality — but we need your help! Be part of a positive future for the human species!

The site is at your disposal. Tell us how we can be more helpful. Begin your tour of the Ishmael Community when you are ready, begin your journey when you have found your path.

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