Interview with Amy Sample Ward on New NTEN Conference

Amy Sample Ward



I am speaking with Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN and all-around powerhouse. Amy’s dedication to educating and supporting nonprofit and community organizations in using technology to make lasting change brought her to NTEN as the Membership Director in 2011, then as the CEO in June 2013. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change.

She is also a blogger, facilitator and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events in the US, UK and around the world. In 2013, she co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology. She is a conversation-starter and thought-leader, writing about strategic uses of new technologies for communities and organizations on her blog and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Here are the questions I asked Amy. You will have to listen to the interview to get the answers! 🙂
Mazarine Treyz: Amy, you have just finished NTC, which had the most attendance and the most positive reviews from attendees ever in its 15 year history. Why are you starting another conference?

What are your goals with this conference?

Why the collaborative model versus the workshop model?

Is this conference going to replace NTC? Or supplement it?

What about the academic side of this conference?

Will you have it every year?

How can people learn more about this conference?

Learn more at

The conference is from Sept 3-6, 2014, and it’s in San Francisco!

Check it out!

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