2012 Anchor Team
Michael Silberman, Chair
Michael Silberman is the Global Director of the Digital Mobilization Lab at Greenpeace. The "MobLab" is dedicated to digital innovation and people-powered campaigning. The Lab works with Greenpeace and its allies in 42 countries to envision, test, and roll out creative new means of communicating, organizing, and fundraising online.
A senior online campaigns strategist, Silberman specializes in online organizing and grassroots citizen engagement. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the effective use of technology for converting online activity into real-world action. Silberman is a co-founder of EchoDitto, a digital agency that empowers leading organizations to have a greater impact through the creative use of new technologies. He cut his teeth on digital organizing and campaigning as the National Meetup Director for Howard Dean’s presidential run in 2004, where he lead an online organizing team that regularly mobilized more than 189,000 local volunteers in over 1,200 cities worldwide.
Phil Klein, Network Curator
Phil Klein is the network curator and event manager for Web of Change. He has worked with nonprofit networks, foundations, organizations, businesses and government entities to help build community information systems, and online community tools. He is largely focused on trying to cultivate, understand and act wisely on community knowledge. He is a four time TEDster and is the organizer for TEDxRainier (an independently organized TED event held annually in Seattle, WA). He has unrealistic expectations that are regularly exceeded, usually due to a confluence of amazing people living their dreams and doing powerful work.
Apollo Gonzales, Fellows
Apollo Gonzales is Project Principal at EchoDitto in Washington, DC where he works with clients to develop tools and strategies that create and connect communities. Prior to joining the team he spent 5 years at the Natural Resources Defense Councilmoving environmental advocacy work in to digital spaces beyond email. His work with some of the best policy and political operatives on the Hill give him a seasoned perspective on using digital platforms to influence decision makers from DC to Copenhagen.
Nicole Lampe, Communications & Engagement
Nicole leads the digital team at Resource Media, a nonprofit PR firm that specializes in the environment and public health. Her job is to help clients build and run kick-ass campaigns that reach and move the people that matter. While Nicole's work these days focuses on new media tools and tactics, she is old school in her approach to communications. She believes the best plans start with clear goals everyone can agree on, and a thorough understanding of audience values. In addition to planning and execution, Nicole helps clients evaluate the effectiveness of outreach efforts so they can course correct in real time.
Before stepping into her current role, Nicole managed Resource Media’s California oceans program, developing an online network that includes dozens of organizations and 65,000 public supporters. She got her start in nonprofit communications at the Knowledge is Power Program and The Trust for Public Land.
Jason Mogus, Founder/Institution
Jason Mogus is the founder of Web of Change and his company has organized and financially back-ended the conference and its main spin-off events for 10 years.
Jason is the CEO of Communicopia, a digital agency in Vancouver that produces breakthrough digital experiences, campaigns, and communities by introducing "web values" to social change institutions. He has led digital transformation projects for the TckTckTck global climate change campaign, The Elders, BC Hydro, Make Poverty History, Greenpeace, UNICEF Canada, and the United Nations Foundation. He is a recognized leader in the fields of social innovation, open campaigns, and organizational change through technology.
Mike Norman, Fellows
Michael Norman is a kick-boxing, MBA-having, community-organizing visionary who has dedicated his career to improving the private sector’s impact on the world. He began his quest by helping launch the first public-private Corporate Social Responsibility consortium in Latin America. After a stint studying business and city planning at MIT, Mike founded SoChange, a platform where consumers use their spending to convince companies to improve their social and environmental impact. Mike’s latest venture brought him to DC where he helped tweak the Crowdfunding portion of the JOBS Act en route to founding Wefunder, a Crowdfunding platform that will transform how social enterprises are financed by allowing anyone to invest in companies they believe in.
Jessy Tolkan, Development
Jessy Tolkan works as an independent strategist with a focus on climate and energy issues, progressive movement building, and experimenting with the role of consumers in creating shifts in the global marketplace. She has spent the last decade working to build progressive change in the United States. Most recently Jessy served as the Co-Executive Director of Citizen Engagement Laboratory, a cutting-edge technology focused accelerator for social change organizations. Prior to her leadership of Citizen Engagement lab she held a Senior Fellow with the New Organizing Institute where she focuses on progressive infrastructure building, the 2012 youth vote, and the next steps for the climate & energy sector. In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine named her one of the 100 agents of change in America.
Karen Uffelman, Agenda
Karen is the Director of Client Strategy at Groundwire, where she and her team work with environmental organizations to engage their audiences through smart use of new technology and old-fashioned organizing. Karen consults on both format and substance, and combines the best practices of relationship marketing, grassroots mobilization, and analytics to help organizations build deeper relationships and make bigger impacts. Karen brings significant expertise in membership engagement, coalition building, fundraising, and asking questions.
She is an eternal optimist, loves the rain, and suffers from a serious cookbook addiction. Her first real job was managing a performing arts center called New City Theater. Other previous credits include Development Director for Corporate Accountability International, Associate Director of Washington Environmental Alliance for Voter Education (WEAVE), and Managing Director of Washington Conservation Voters.
Julia Watson, Operations
Julia Watson is Director of Operations and office empath at Communicopia Internet. As the former Program Director at Hollyhock she scheduled approximately 100 programs and conferences each year, including Communicopia's Web of Change. Though Julia went to a main stream University, it is her permaculture design certificate from Linnaea Farm that has most influenced her approach to life and work. When not at Communicopia, Julia is either teaching meditation or at the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island helping to create a sustainable future.