Sean Willett the Co-Founder and Director of Product & Strategy at Digital Public Square. Before that he served as head of communications and technology at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
Sean is an executive based out of Toronto with a background in technology and communications. He specializes in providing strategic direction for the design, development, and marketing of emerging platforms. His expertise crosses the worlds of interactive design, UX, social media, brand identity design, writing, media production, and public affairs.
An advocate for freedom of expression, his work has focused on creating media and digital solutions to foster dialogue, data crowd-sourcing, and advocacy for marginalized populations and people at-risk. Those projects have included ground breaking political process monitoring tools, platforms for anonymous and uncensored conversation, interactive documentary filmmaking, and digital hygiene support for citizens worldwide in their effort to stay safe online. For the past 18 years he has provided leadership and consulting on digital and communications for multiple sectors spanning charitable, non-governmental, academic, and private sector organizations. From 2012 to 2015 he served as the head of communications and technology for the Munk School of Global Affairs, before becoming Project Director for the University’s original Digital Public Square project. In the latter capacity he led the project’s strategic campaigns, launched large-scale digital platforms, campaigns, and developed outreach methodologies that have successfully connected with tens of millions of people living in closed and repressive societies.
Previous to joining the University of Toronto, he developed communications strategy for literacy initiatives; built anonymous digital support services for Canadian youth on sexuality and bullying; and overhauled information technology services for nonprofit and private organizations.