This November, Web of Change alumni will elect three new members to refresh our dynamite Board of Directors. Have you been touched by the magic of Web of Change in the past? Want to play a key role in shaping its future? This is your invitation to run for a seat on the board. It’s a unique opportunity open to all alumni. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to consider the fit.
The 2014 Web of Change board nominations are open! You can nominate any alumni, or yourself, from October 17 - 31, 2014. Alumni will then vote for those who choose to run in mid-November.
For alumni who accept the call, it's a chance to:
- Shape the next evolution of Web of Change
- Work with world-class colleagues who share the WOC spirit
- Grow your skills and stretch in areas that interests you
- Make a significant contribution during a two-year term
- Attend WOC 2015 & 2016 as a host and leader.
Please read more about what it means to be on the WOC board as well as this year's election process. Then, nominate yourself or another WOC alumni to run for the board!
For many first-time conference attendees, making the long journey to Web of Change on Cortes Island is a leap of faith. Maureen McGregor was one of 59 change makers who experienced Web of Change for the first time earlier this month.
Despite high expectations, the dialogue, debate and strategies shared amongst attendees did not disappoint.
We've just wrapped this year's event up at Hollyhock and it's clear that Web of Change is so much more than a conference. Yes, we dove into online engagement metrics and theories of change. We covered best practices for building organizational partnerships, and learned about creative online campaigning techniques. But, we also started to build authentic relationships with colleagues who will inspire and nourish us throughout the year.
For one attendee, Web of Change was "one of the most enchanting, transformative weeks of my life. [It] gave me entire hours of being wholly awake and alive and connected and joyful."
For Web of Changer, Theo Lamb, "this community has nurtured me, my confidence, my vision of myself and my vision for this world."
If you weren't able to join us this year, get a taste of the conversations here.
Many thanks to all who brought their knowledge, insights and best selves to Web of Change 2014!
Photo: Jed Miller
It's been two weeks since the first-ever Web of Change Local happened near Los Angeles and the excitement hasn't warn off yet.
There were lots of questions heading into Web of Change LA. Could we recreate the Web of Change magic in a new place and with few alumni? Would Los Angeles change makers take a chance on us, especially when they didn't know Web of Change and what it has to offer? Could we start to build community in just one overnight?
The answer is, yes! Participants came to Web of Change LA ready to go "all in." Despite the short timeframe we dove deep into building relationships, workshopping common challenges and generously sharing insights and expertise.
Here's what some Web of Change LAers had to say about the experience:
"This is the beginnings of community building in a city that's short on that in our work."
"I learned there's a fantastic community in Los Angeles that is warm and committed to deep transformation."
"Loved that people came into the space open to new ideas and experiences."
Web of Change LA alumni have already started a Facebook group, met up in downtown LA and are getting active on the Web of Change listserv. Thanks to the LA-based organizing team for supporting the WOCL venture, and many thanks to all who came out to start something special in Los Angeles.
Over the next two days, change makers from Los Angeles are breaking from the daily grind to tackle big questions and build new friendships in the San Bernardino Mountains at the first-ever Web of Change Local.
WOC veterans are fired up to share the Web of Change experience with change agents from LA-based organizations including: Move LA, Food & Water Watch, Institute for Public Strategies, MoveOn.org and ACTA, just to name a few.
Here's what's on the agenda. Hillary Lehr from Brigade (formerly Causes.com) will tackle the tough question of engagement. How do we engage supporters in a way that translates into real action and real change?
Harmony Eichsteadt from NationBuilder will uncover the real stories behind the data we're collecting. Refugio Mata from Presente.org will help us workshop and puzzle out specific challenges that attendees bring with them to Web of Change LA. Plus, lots more!
As always, sharing frontline experiences and making meaningful friendships will be at the heart of the event. New relationships have already formed thanks to our partnership with organizing team members from Presente.org and New Organizing Institute.
Stay tuned for thoughts, pictures and big ideas from Big Bear Lake.