Spring 2003

Antonia "Toni" Stone (1930-2002)
by anonymous

Toni Stone

"Toni Stone was the reason I got involved with the national community technology center and community access movement, and she remains for me the standard of the movement for her purity of purpose and spirit, both as a tireless champion of access for all and as reminder of the potential of one person's vision to bring change that is both profound and lasting... She will be deeply missed." —Pierre Clark, Chicago, IL

"Toni was a great spirit leading the way in the community technology movement. She not only had great ideas, but also had great savvy. And a wonderful, piercing wit...Her commitment, though, unwavering and direct, has carved itself deeply into the foundation of the movement and guarantees her continuing presence."—Stephen Snow, Charlotte, NC

"Every successful movement starts with the insight and initiative of one smart, dedicated organizer... someone who gives it not just a vision and a strategy, but the values at its core. The community technology movement is deeply fortunate that, for us, Toni Stone was that person."—Bill Callahan, Cleveland, OH

Antonia "Toni" Stone, founder of Playing to Win and CTCNet, died November 21, 2002 from complications of myelodysplasia, a form of leukemia. To celebrate Toni's remarkable legacy, CTCNet has put together a wonderful online memorial page featuring a biography, links to some of her writings and articles about her, and a fuller collection of testimonials like those cited here. The Commonwealth Broadband Collaborative (CBC) also featured a segment on "Remembering Antonia Stone: Founder, Playing to Win and the Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet)" on its premier edition of "First Tuesday " that is available as video on demand.

"We can all honor Toni's vision and the movement she spearheaded by continuing to work in our organizations and communities, and collectively through CTCNet and other like minded organizations, to make sure that individuals and families in underserved communities across our country, and around the world, have the opportunity to use technology to improve their lives. We have all lost a true champion as well as a strong and beautiful human being. However, her spirit lives on in all us who were touched by her. It is now up to all us to take the torch Toni has handed us, and strengthened by the many examples she has shown us, to take our movement to the next level."—Michael Roberts, New York City, NY

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