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Point foundation records
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Records of the defunct foundation Point, founded in 1971 by Dick Raymond and Stewart Brand in California to fund small projects and produce Whole Earth publications.
The Point foundation (not to be confused with the National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund of the same name) was a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco and founded by Stewart Brand and Richard "Dick" Raymond, growing out of their work with the Portola Institute and the Whole Earth Catalog. Point was conceived from the profits of The Last Whole Earth Catalog and was dedicated to perpetuating the energies and ideals of the catalog, including environmentalism, sustainability, and innovation. Formed in 1971 (following Whole Earth's "Demise Party") it distributed more than $800,000 in small grants. These grants were chosen by individual Point directors for "relatively active purposes affecting issues of economic, environmental, sociological, and behavioral importance." Board members at various times included Raymond and Brand as well as Huey Johnson (Nature Conservancy), Jerry Mander ("radical ad-man"), Bill English (Xerox) and Michael Phillips (Glide Church). As its non-profit owner, Point later published works related to the Whole Earth Catalog. It was also a co-owner of The WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link) one of the oldest virtual communities in operation, selling it's 50% stake to Bruce Katz in 1994.
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