Christopher (Chris) Worman, currently chairing two World Economic Forum working groups (Future of Civil Society and Civil Society and the Future of Work) has been working with and for NGOs since 1999. Leading fundraising and communications with American arts, health and human services organizations, Chris built online giving platforms and communities before tools like facebook made it easy. In 2005, Chris joined Peace Corps and landed in Romania where he built several rural, sustainable social enterprises, launched Romania’s first Community Foundation, www.szka.org and helped build a national framework that has supported the development of more than a dozen more.
In 2009, Chris opened TechSoup’s Romania program and, subsequently, TechSoup’s digital democracy work. Through a series of community-driven design challenges more than 1.2 million Romanians engaged in defining and building anti-corruption solutions. Communities like FunkyCitizens.ro who met through the program have been successfully holding their government to account ever since. Based on initial successes, Chris helped grow the program with TechSoup into www.TransparenCEE.org which has worked with citizens and civil society to solve problems with tech across 14 countries in the region.
Since 2011, Chris has held roles leading TechSoup’s program design and communications groups. Now that TechSoup is completely global, he is focused on leveraging what TechSoup has built over the years into deeper and more supportive relations with the 1 million+ NGOs currently served by the organization; exploring the intersection of technology and civil society in the face of the Fourth Wave of the Industrial Revolution, challenges to democracy, immigration, and other major challenges of our times. In his spare time, Chris teaches masters-level NGO communications classes at the University of Vienna School of Economics and has consulted for organizations ranging from Microsoft and the C.S. Mott Foundation to Coca Cola and the Aspen Institute.