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Social Technology Training in Toronto

In June 2008, Web of Change and MaRS partnered to present the Social Tech Training (STT) – a unique hands-on Web 2.0 oriented learning intensive for people working in the social change sector.

Our rationale: No one working in social change these days can afford to ignore the opportunities offered by the web. Most organizations get stuck, though, on "How do we do it?" "Where do we start?" and "Who can help us?" Interest in high, but the talent pool of people equipped to understand, prioritize, and implement these tools and ideas remains limited.

We brought together the best and the brightest leaders in this sector, and we put together a powerful agenda to help organizations move to the next level. Participants gained new technical, creative, and leadership skills, a powerful network, and were supported to produce a customized, comprehensive “Web 2.0 Plan” for their organization.


The Social Tech Training was sold out, and we've had many requests to share the resources that emerged from these three days.

MaRS produced a fantastic PDF summary of what took place at the STT in June. It does an excellent job of capturing and sharing the wisdom, stories, and skills that were offered over the three days.

Make sure to check out the video of the keynote address given by Jon Warnow.

You can also listen to the audio of the keynote by Ricken Patel, co-founder of – a truly inspiring presentation about people-powered politics. Since the advent of it has grown on average by 50,000 members a week, now at a total of 3.3 million. Their goal is to make globalization more democratic, which they accomplish through online organizing and by posting about pressing global issues. Their motto: “Human beings first, citizens of our countries second.”

A big thanks to our friends at MaRS for their hard work compiling these proceedings.

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"If you have a chance to go, I strongly recommend it. Beyond the amazing setting (Hollyhock is right out of a fairytale), you will meet and interact with committed, knowledgeable people who live and breathe technology and online strategy. (I also learned almost as much about myself at this conference as I did about web-based campaigns.) "
Kevin Reid, formerly of Amnesty International USA