About Web of Change

The roots of Web of Change are in a small annual gathering at Hollyhock Retreat Centre, on Cortes Island, BC. Founded in 2001, this intimate and transformative annual event brought together a diverse group of social change leaders every September, growing in size and scope every year. Eight years on, Web of Change has helped to create an inspiring network of online innovators around the world.

In 2008, we made the decision not to hold our annual event at Hollyhock. Instead, we co-produced the Social Tech Training in Toronto, which marked our first full-length urban event. We also helped to create the first-ever Open Everything retreat at Hollyhock. Both events were a great success, and have helped to grow our community into something even richer.

We look forward to bringing new energy, new people, and new passion to our next Web of Change conference at Hollyhock. Mark your calendars now – September 23 - 27, 2009. Registration will be open in the new year!


"Web of Change isn’t a “wham bam here’s my business card” conference. I made sincere personal and professional connections with people that have lasted. Five days on Cortes Island offered me the luxury of time to learn, laugh, and understand my work and my larger place in the progressive community."
Alia McKee