When new methods of communicating, organizing and mobilizing are brought to bear on chronic social issues, amazing change can happen. Between June 8-12, 2009, MaRS held our first ever Net Change, a week dedicated to exploring this intersection between social technology and social change.
What are the implications of new media, technology and strategies to social causes? Fourteen different Net Change events, including an art show, experimented with ways of creating and sharing information and knowledge on this question.
Bridging the “digital divide” between web professionals and people creating social change, participants were from all different sectors and leadership levels. They picked up not only critical skills and tactics in new disciplines, but also an understanding of how to apply them to their organizational strategy. Want to cross the divide too?
All of the week’s events were captured and are now posted online so you can get inspired too. Choose from:
Net Change also addressed critical concepts such as how to measure the impact of social technology, and what we really mean by social change, while including storytelling to hit theoretical concepts home.
Check out some of the highlights from the week:
Also check out the interview with CP24’s “Homepage” and watch for us in TVO’s fall lineup of Digital Literacy. All videos and presentations can be viewed at http://netchangeweek.ca
The week in numbers looked something like this: 1 week, 1 hub, 4 lead organizers, 14 events, 30+ partners, 35+ unique videos to view, 1,500+ participants, 1,880+ following the conversation, and growing.
Be part of the change!
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