Q&A with WOC 10:10 Chair, Michael Silberman

Question - How does this new distributed leadership model differ from Web of Change’s past?

This year we're trying to mirror some of the open collaboration models we're seeing in effective movement building efforts online. Web of Change has always relied on heavy community participation and volunteer leadership to make it what it is, but the heaviest lifts have typically been managed by a small, centralized team. This year we've divided the core event production responsibilities among a larger team of "anchors" who are accountable to the rest of the anchor team -- and with this post the entire WOC community! -- for their respective responsibilities. We're working as a team to support one another and remove obstacles. And if we do this right, this team model will make WOC 10:10 the most successful WOC to date.

Question - What organizations and individuals comprise the anchor team?

We’ve got an amazing team of people helping make WOC 10:10 happen. Find out who they are and what they are doing to lead Web of Change 10:10.

Question - What are you most excited about for Web of Change 10:10?

As always, I'm looking forward to the chance to unpack some of the thorniest and most challenging topics in our field with the smart folks who attend -- it's often the only chance each year to get the critical mass needed to untie the knots that seem to grow and grow around tough questions. Since publishing the Web Thinking Manifesto with my colleague Tim Walker, I've been thinking a lot about how organizations and institutions can transform themselves, so I'm looking forward to some more conversations about organizational development and the role of individual leadership in transformational organizational change.

Question - When you think about Web of Change five years from now, what does it look like?

As much as I love Hollyhock, it seems like a safe bet that WOC 2015 will be held on another planet (same solar system) and hosted by robots.

Question - If members of the Web of Change community want to get involved, what can they do?

Ah! Great question. .... The anchor team can’t do this alone. We’re counting on members of the Web of Change community to help. Here are a few ways you can get involved right now.

  • Help shape our discussions. Answer 3 questions so we know what you're focused on, what issues you're grappling with, and how we can design a conference that addresses what matters most in your world. What we hear from you will help shape our agenda and the conversations we have in September.
  • Know a company, organization or individual who should be a sponsor? Tell us.
  • We could use some help with communications and outreach. Are you a social media expert that wants to pitch in? Looking to help produce some great content? Are you a connector who can outreach to your communities? Contact Alia. She'll be happy you did.
  • Know someone who should really be at WOC 10:10? Tell them about it!