Genuine, thought-provoking conversations that challenge conventional wisdom and urge us to innovate are at the heart of Web of Change. That's why I want to share this recent blog post by longtime Web of Changer and fundraising guru, Mark Rovner.
The first-ever Web of Change Local event is coming to LA next month!
From June 19-20 2014, dedicated social change organizers and practitioners will break from the daily grind and head to the lovely San Bernardino mountains, just 90 minutes from downtown LA but deep in the heart of nature, to:
- Share frontline experiences in digital campaigns and social change
- Reflect on the deeper patters and trends that underpin our work
- Find the network and meaning we need to become even more effective, tranformational leaders for change.
At Web of Change LA, we'll learn about digital campaign innovation. But, we'll also have a unique opportunity to build a powerful and diverse trust network where long term relationships and partnerships emerge.
If you work near the LA area, please join us for this groundbreaking Web of Change event!
Do you know a friend or colleague who would get a lot out of Web of Change experience? Please tell them about Web of Change LA.
When: June 19-20, 2013 (overnight) Starts at 5 pm on Thursday and concludes at 4 pm on Friday
Where: Golden Bear Cottages at Big Bear Lake Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA
Cost: $295 including accommodation for one night, three meals, conference fee and tax.
I had never participated in a space where there was absolutely no limitation to what could be achieved. We were free to reimage conventional wisdom, to challenge one another, and to dig deep to find innovative ideas. That alone makes Web of Change an important space for the progressive movement.
Derek Johnson wasn’t sure what to expect when he arrived at the Hollyhock Retreat Centre for his first Web of Change conference. “I was out of my comfort zone. I had recently shifted from policy work to a campaign-focused role.” The Executive Director of Global Zero was attending the event based on the glowing recommendations of a couple of colleagues.
Want to experience Web of Change? We’re sure to have more applicants than we have places, so please submit your application by APRIL 30, 2014 to be considered for this year's event. The Web of Change board carefully selects attendees based on your fit with our goals and culture. We strive for a representation of attendees that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.
Planning for Web of Change 2014 got underway on Saturday, March 15 at the WOC Advisors' Meeting in Washington DC. Thanks to NTEN's big draw, many out-of-town Web of Changers were in DC and joined in to help envision the next Web of Change. What a great start to this year's event!
Twenty-five advisors generously signed on to play roles in these key areas:
If you missed the meeting but want to stay in the loop, there's a comprehensive set of meeting notes available. Contact Julie to get your copy.
Want to be a WOC advisor but couldn't make it to DC? You haven't missed your chance. Get in touch to find out how you can join the advisor team and help make Web of Change 2014 our best event yet.
Nerd confessional: I love reading about composers. I liken them to fun mad scientists that make awesome art (like a 4-person string quartet played in helicopters) instead of drones. But really, I connect to how they embrace experimentation, risk and collaboration, which are all hallmarks of my experience with Web of Change.
***Applications period closed. Position Hired 03/2014***
Want to put your people skills, event chops and operations know-how to work for leaders and causes you believe in?
Want to be part of a vibrant and diverse professional network at the frontier of technology and social change?
Want to spend your days with close-knit, whip-smart people (and zero jerks) who work very hard, and laugh a lot?
If you answered yes to all of the above, Web Of Change is hiring and we might be a good fit. We’re looking for a Managing Director to quarterback our work day-to-day. It’s a year-round role with flexible hours based wherever you like. If you’re up for a challenge, read on:
WHAT’S WEB OF CHANGE?
Founded in 2001 on a remote island off the west coast of Canada, Web of Change has come to own a unique role in the progressive movement: connecting leaders at the frontier of technology and social change.
Alumni of our flagship event — an annual, 5-day, invite-only retreat — are behind some of the most innovative digital work on the planet, making waves inside groups from Greenpeace to 350.org to Council of La Raza to the SEIU.
At our best, we are where committed practitioners come to up their game — to candidly share frontline experience, to reflect deeply on their impact, to find the network and meaning they need to become transformational leaders in their work.
The secret is out. We’re facing a surge in demand from our vibrant and diverse community — and an opportunity to professionalize and scale. Our new Managing Director will be key to this success.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
As Managing Director, you will report right to the Board Chair, serve on our senior leadership team and play a critical role in achieving the Web Of Change mission.
Your job will be to quarterback all our work day-to-day.
More specifically, this focuses on three key areas:
- Events & Programs (40%) — producing transformative experiences for participants at the highest professional standard.
- Communications & Community Management (25%) — building relationships with vibrant and diverse change leaders, while modelling our values and deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. Learn more.
- Operations & Admin (25%) — creating seamless business systems and practices to meet the needs of a growing start-up.
As our only paid staff, you’ll be the hub to make this work happen. And you’ll have a team of generous, senior-level leaders across the industry to help. Beyond this, you’ll also conspire with the elected Board to shape Web Of Change’s future direction.
WHO YOU ARE
To be successful as Managing Director, you’ll be the (special) kind of person who (simultaneously) excels at:
- Building and maintaining strong relationships.
- Running high-stakes events with lots of strong personalities and moving parts.
- Sweating details so nothing falls through the cracks.
- Fostering diversity and inclusion in all you do.
- Wrangling people outside your orbit to get things done.
- Writing clear and friendly prose, popping with personality.
WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW
This is a year-round position based anywhere you like, requiring approximately 30 hours per week. Workload will vary, peaking through the Spring and Summer in advance of our flagship event in September.
Your performance will be evaluated based on improvements in program quality, overall member experience and the smoothness of our operations. Fit with the Web Of Change culture will also be an important factor.
We strive to reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. People from communities that traditionally experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, religion or immigration status are especially encouraged to apply.
Compensation commensurate with skills and experience.
Send us your resume and, instead of a standard cover, please let us know (using less than 350 words!):
- How you heard about this position
- Why you’re interested in the job
- In which of the "three key areas” you think you’d most excel.
Please email everything in a single PDF to Tim Walker email@example.com with the subject line: Managing Director
We look forward to hearing from you!
***Applications due by Jan 15th***
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