Sunday, October 24, 2004

Web of Change 2004 Report-back

Well, Web of Change 2004 has been and gone, and it was a fabulous event and great success. We had 40 participants from across Canada and the US, and we spent 4 productive, educational, and FUN days together at Hollyhock.

There has been a lot of discussion about follow-up, and how to take the momentum that was gained and keep running it forward, into projects, networks, and more inspiration. As these ideas become firmer, they will be posted about here. We will also be posting a detailed agenda, to provide a synopsis of the conversations and learning that took place.

We are hoping that this blog can become a place where updates from the whole Web of Change world can be posted, both for alumni and for prospective participants in conferences to come. There's a lot of exciting stuff happening at the intersection of the social change and technology worlds..... Stay tuned for how things are shaping up around here!

WOC 2004 Coordinator
Know your values and frame the debate... First of all, Web of Change *was* amazing and I recommend it and fully look forward to participating again. Also, I know that many of us need to keep up our spirits after the past week. There are many kindred spirits out there and we need to remember that.


is the link to download pages from George Lakoff's book "Don't Think of an Elephant" -- something that came across my path from one of my WoC contacts. It is an interesting analysis of two world views/moral perspectives (disciplinarian & nurturing) that seem to be the foundation for a lot of human behaviour. Which perspective we "believe we believe in" has huge influence on how we create and respond to social structures.

Like probably everyone I met at Cortez, I am on the nurturing side.... I believe in goodness and I want to encourage and be encouraged. It's at the root of a lot of things but what we do need to do is learn how to educate and communicate with those "strict parent" types because in many ways we want the same final outcome. We just see different paths for getting there. Lakoff has a great way of addressing this.
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