Web of Change connects diverse leaders working at the frontiers of technology and social change.
Web of Change is an annual conference and series of events for the foremost thinkers and doers in social media, digital strategy and social change.
From our intimate first gathering at the Hollyhock on Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada in 2001, Web of Change has grown in impact and influence right alongside our industry. Our conference alumni are responsible for some of the most innovative digital work on the planet and make waves inside groups like Greenpeace, Presente.org, 350.org, National Council of La Raza and the SEIU.
Web of Change events and programs form a powerful network and help alumni do the transformative work of creating a better tomorrow.
Our History: How it All Began
Web of Change was founded in 2001 to help connect people and organizations working at the frontiers of technology and social change. Our core values are "innovation, collaboration, and transformation" and, like our community, we aim to be the change we want to see in the world.
The seeds of Web of Change were sown in the fall of 2000 at the Social Venture Institute (SVI) conference. SVI founder and social investor, Joel Solomon, asked one of his new investee companies, Communicopia, to convene a similar gathering for people providing tech and web services to the social change sector. Knowing only three other people doing this work at the time, yet wanting to please his new-found friend, Communicopia's Jason Mogus agreed. A year later, 28 people gathered at Hollyhock for the first Web of Change. Fifteen years on, WOC is producing sold-out, community-driven, transformational events and programs.
The idea then, as it is now, was to:
- Build a deep trust network of people working at the leading edge of their field
- Improve the mastery of work produced in our sector
- Provide leadership and whole person support to future leaders
- Create a culture of radical openness and collaboration in our community
WOC alumni are now directors, VP's, and senior consultants advising and executing innovative and effective campaigns.
Many thanks to early co-conveners including Jodie Tonita, Mark Surman, Phillip Smith, Jason Mogus, and Madeline Stanionis. Until 2010, Communicopia was our primary partner, providing management, event and communications services at cost or pro bono.
Top photo by Eugene Chan