TecsChange ~ Technology for Social Change
provide technology to individuals and groups working for
social change, locally and internationally.
Who We Are and What We Do
Beginning in 1992, participants of Computers and Social Change Conference
in Boston came together to discuss a common interest in technological
use in developing countries. Connecting our computer skills with our
desire to support progressive grassroots organizing, we founded TecsChange.
Several of the founders of TecsChange (and the inspiration for our
name) came from the national organization called TecNica. TecNica recruited
technical volunteers to work in Nicaragua, during the Sandinista era.
Louis Proyect of New York, who was on the TecNica board of directors,
recently digitized a video about TecNica, the organization that in many
way inspired TecsChange. Watch
||We are volunteers, mostly from the Boston area, with
and computer training skills, as well as non-technical skills. We have
a diverse membership and welcome volunteers at all skill levels. Our
one volunteer requirement aligns with our mission: to support
progressive social change here and in the developing world. Some of us
have traveled to and/or worked in Latin America and Southern Africa,
using our technical skills to train people in grassroots groups to set
up software and hardware systems.
We Are Organized
TecsChange is a volunteer-based organization. Decision making rests with the most
active volunteers, and ultimate decision-making authority is the responsibility
of the Steering Committee, a diverse group of individuals which includes (as of
August 2008): Charles Turner, Charlie Welch and Chuck Pascal are the mainstays
in keeping the organization moving.
Since early 2005, TecsChange has been an all volunteer organization. Charlie Welch
handles the administrative aspects while Charlie Turner and organizes the technical
work. Chuck Pascal has been an invaluble technical resource.
Volunteers are the foundation of TecsChange, contributing their
technical and non-technical skills, time and energy to our programs and
projects. Volunteer tutors run our signature "Computer Repair Course"
four times each year. Volunteers work on computers that we provide to
local and international grassroots organizations. Volunteers help
develop and implement our YouthTech media and technology program. And
volunteers help us raise the funds we need to keep TecsChange open and
If you wish to share your skills with TecsChange, we encourage you to do so. Contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 617-963-0262 (Saturdays).
For any of the above volunteer opportunities, please contact us
if you'd like to share your skills!
- The Computer Repair Course Committee coordinates the
Course which we offer four times each year to youth, community
residents and activists in the Boston area. The committee sets the
yearly schedule of classes, organizes tutors, designates the lead
facilitators, and assesses student applications. The committee also
arranges presentations given by local progressive groups several times
during the course, focusing on social change projects that TecsChange
is involved with.
- The International Committee coordinates our Laptops for
campaign as well as computer donations to progressive grassroots
organizations in other parts of the world.
- The Local Action Committee coordinates and implements
consulting and computer equipment donations to local grassroots
organizations throughout greater Boston. This can include computer
equipment donations, technical assessment and planning, installation/
networking, basic training and technical support. We provide
sliding-scale Fee-for-Service work which can be requested by contacting
us at email@example.com.
- The Equipment Donations Coordinator coordinates all
donations which can be made by individuals, institutions, organizations
and companies. (If you have something to donate, check FAQs on the
Equipment Donation page for details.)
- The Fundraising Committee helps plan and raise the funds
needed to keep
our doors open, including mailings, events, grant writing, and more.
TecsChange has provided computer
equipment, training and technical assistance to
hundreds of grassroots groups organizations working for social change
locally and internationally.
TecsChange ~ Technology
for Social Change