Using Geo Technologies to Drive Social Change

Todd Paglia: Talks at Google

Our friends at Google recently invited Stand’s Executive Director, Todd Paglia, to speak as part of their Talks at Google series, an international speaker series that brings great minds across disciplines to Google headquarters for talks centering on their work. Speakers range from authors, innovators, scientists, actors, actresses, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and speakers of all kinds.

In his talk, "Stand.earth: Using Geo Technologies to Drive Social Change," Todd shares the history of Stand—from our beginnings protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, to our modern-day campaigns that challenge corporations to treat the environment with respect—and discusses the ways in which Stand has used technology to enhance these campaigns. 

Among others, he describes our Blast-zone.org tool, which maps which communities are at risk from oil train explosions—and was an influential point of leverage in our Extreme Oil campaign. Todd goes on to engage Googlers in a dialogue about the exciting possibilities of geo technologies to drive social change and the importance of corporate transparency. 

You can watch full talk here.  

Todd Paglia: "Stand.earth: Using Geo Technologies to Drive Social Change " | Talks at Google

Todd Paglia joined Stand in 1999. He can be credited with transforming the paper policies of multi-billion-dollar Fortune 500 companies, including Staples, Office Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Dell, Victoria’s Secret, 3M and many more. Under Todd’s leadership, Stand.earth has saved more than 65 million acres of endangered forests. In addition, recycled pulp mills have seen major companies requesting more sustainable fiber as a result of Stand’s campaigns. 

Todd’s work has been recognized with his selection to the annual “Hot 20 Under 40” list published by 7x7 Magazine, San Francisco’s glamour and culture publication. He was the only environmental leader selected, as the article noted, because “few activists have succeeded in the practical business of hitting earth abusers where it really hurts—their wallets.”