Live Blogging from the Web of Change 2006 Conference

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The 6th Annual Web of Change conference is taking place right now (from September 20-24th) in Cortes Island, B.C.   The conference connects leaders  at the convergence of online communications, technology and social change.  And judging from the flickr stream for the conference tag  (woc2006), it looks like wonderful setting for discussion and knowledge sharing on the topics.

Liveblogging from sessions is being shared on the Web of Change community site.   While we can't enjoy the beautiful views looking north or at the beach, we can at least participate on the conference blog.   Some session summaries from the first day include:

Web 2.0 - From Hype to Action
Presenters: Roz (New Organizing Institute) and Michael (EchoDitto)
Addresses why Web2.0 is so important for the social change sector, describes what an effective online organization looks like in Web2.0 era,  barriers in organizational structure and solutions.
Putting Online Technology to Work for Social Change
Presenter: Leda Dederich, Dotorganize
The results of the recent Dotorganize were presented and discussed. Some interesting discussion threads about comparing "right" and "left" use of technology and recommendations.

Titilating Technology
Presenter: Adrienne Maree Brown, Ruckus Society
This post can't be summarized, you just have to read it.  My favorite quote, "Technology only works if there's a huge loving idea behind it."

And while you are waiting for more live blog reports from the conference, check out this article "Does your organization have a community? Or just a mailing list?" by Justin Perkins, Care2 that just came through the NpTech Tag Stream.  He's a presenter at the conference and the article is an excellent overview of the power of social networking tools for social change.