Events — February 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

Calling all progressive activists! The deadline for submitting a Netroots Nation session proposal is soon!


The most energizing conference you will EVER attend

As regular readers of this blog know, I am a regular attendee of the national Netroots Nation conference. Last year, Anne got involved as a staff photographer and you can be sure we’ll both be there again this year in San Jose, June 20-23. Netroots Nation is, simply put, the most high-value conference of the year for progressive activists. You can get a flavor of it by reading our posts from last year HERE, HERE, and HERE.

A big part of what makes Netroots Nation work is that the panels and trainings are put on by some of the top activists in the country. Some you may know, others you may not. Either way, the quality of the panels and trainings is exceptional. Along the way, you’ll make some amazing connections, as well, connections that will stay with you into the future.

That’s where YOU come in. Activists and organizers like you are what make Netroots Nation the top-tier conference that it is and we need YOU to share your talents and experiences with others. The deadline for submitting panel and training ideas is coming up soon: February 8, 2013. Panelists and trainers for the proposals that are chosen will get free admission into the conference. Here are the details from Nolan Treadway’s Tumblr page:

From electing progressive champions like Elizabeth Warren to defeating Mitt Romney and his billions; from gaining a larger, more progressive majority in the Senate to winning marriage equality votes in four states, there were a lot of progressive victories in 2012. Some might even call it a mandate.

Those victories happened largely because of this community and your hard work, groundbreaking organizing and cutting-edge use of data and technology. One of our goals for Netroots Nation 2013 is to highlight those campaigns—and the people behind them—so we can all be better prepared for the next cycle.

Which campaigns were most interesting to you? What issues will be most important to you in the coming months? Whether it’s immigration or climate change, we want to know so we can build the agenda for Netroots Nation 2013 around what’s most important to you.

Each year, we ask for your help in developing and organizing the sessions you’ll attend at Netroots Nation. Your submissions will help us create an inclusive and engaging agenda for our 2013 conference—while also helping shape the national dialog for progressives in the coming months.

It’s easy to submit an idea. Click here for the guidelines and submission form.

When you’re brainstorming ideas, here are a few things to remember:

  • How does my session help the broader progressive movement?
  • How will it empower activists to take what they’ve learned and use it for the greater good?
  • Do my panelists represent diversity—of ethnicity, gender, geography, age and viewpoint?
  • Did I build in interaction with the audience?

While we always welcome ideas that run the gamut of progressive issues, each session should include new perspectives, voices and ideas.

By submitting a proposal, you are taking responsibility as the organizer of the session. We’ll help you along the way, but ultimately it’s your baby. Are you ready to submit?

The deadline for submissions is February 8, 2013.

Click here to read the full list of guidelines and submit your idea.

This coming year will help shape our nation’s future, and you’re going to help ensure sure it’s a progressive one.

There’s more information HERE, as well.

So, put your writing cap on and submit an idea. Netroots Nation works because so many talented activists and organizers take the time to share their knowledge. We’ll see you in San Jose!