Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. History has provided numerous examples of the truth of Margaret Mead’s marvelous observation. You and we, the readership and creators of Networking Times, have come together to champion one more example.

For as long as I can remember, the heartfelt desire to help others has seemed to me an essential spirit deep inside; it’s hardwired into me. During the past year, as my overflowing plate slowly cleared, that compelling sense has coalesced into concrete form. I found myself looking for a business strategy that would fit a profoundly changed world.

We live in interesting times, when information bursts forth from fiber optics at the speed of light while the 24/7 pace of technology collides with our human nature.

Business has gone global. Created and supported by technology, globalism means doing business virtually without reference to national borders or governments. This commercial exchange fosters the spread of a global consumer culture. There is enormous complexity at the intersection of globalism, commerce and culture. For one, there is economic division, the widening gap between “the have’s and the have-not’s.” At that same intersection is an emerging, parallel global movement linking everything together: the awareness that what affects one part ripples through the totality. In other words, the ecology of globalism implies that we are all wired closely together.

In order to succeed in this new economy, we must become excellent networkers. We must provide humane leadership and build authentic relationships. As we water the garden of our interpersonal skills, we cultivate the most precious resource of tomorrow’s world: our networks.

How and with whom we spend our time offers a glimpse into who we are and what we stand for.

For the launch of Networking Times, I asked a few of our team to share with you their passion for networking.

“I have seen the tremendous contributions this profession has made to the lives of others. Today our calling is greater than ever. Poverty, crime, drug abuse, even war are problems that we collectively have the ability to resolve. By unifying in a common goal of global prosperity and world peace, we can make this happen. My passion is to be part of that process.”

— Frank Keefer

“People and partnership: That’s where my passion for networking lives and works. When I first started, I had a fundamental problem: I didn’t like people! (Clearly not a good thing in networking, the most people-centered business model on earth.) Along the winding ways of my networking journey I made a profound discovery: My world is all about people and partnerships. All life and work is, and will always be, all about people and partnerships. In a word: networking.”

— John Milton Fogg, Editor in Chief

“What I admire most about networking culture is the commitment to self-responsibility. Despite incredibly diverse backgrounds, aspirations and reasons for getting involved, network marketers take responsibility for ensuring that they live the lives they want to live. Most people spend their lives distracting themselves from their greatest worries. Networkers are willing to look these core life issues straight in the face—and do something about it. There is tremendous courage in this; it is a genuine and unique contribution to the rest of the world.”

— Uma Outka, Contributing Writer

To further our quest for a people-friendly economic model, we founded Gabriel Media Group, Inc. to manifest the following vision: Global Prosperity through a Philanthropic Economy. Our mission is to teach and model business practices that recognize the interconnected web of all life. Networking Times gives this mission an authentic voice.

We live in interesting times, when information bursts forth from fiber optics at the speed of light while the 24/7 pace of technology collides with our human nature. What you know becomes increasingly important; yet today, as always, the real leverage comes from who you know.

Each individual relationship combines with your unique human imprint, your personal touch. Together they pour from and into your heart and soul, further distinguishing your role in the process of life. We live in networking times, where the depth and power of those relationships is the currency of the new economy.

Is our vision for this new economy a recipe for creating a perfect world? Perhaps not. But it can make a difference, and that, after all, is what our lives are about.

We invite you to join our community and prosper in Networking Times.

Chris Gross is the Chairman of the Board of Gabriel Media Group, Inc.