We’re pleased to announce our Netroots Nation 2012 agenda! Below you’ll find panels, training sessions and more. You can view the program electronically here.

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Google+ Hangout: Anna Holmes

Join us in the exhibit hall or online for a Google+ Hangout where Anna Holmes (Jezebel.com) will be interviewed by Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress).

Words that Work(ed): Crafting Effective and Truthful Memes

Lamestream media. Corporations are people. Food Stamp President. The right wing is winning the meme war by crafting effective slogans and taglines that permeate the American vernacular. This session will serve as a catalyst to help progressive candidates and activists craft their own memes for the upcoming 2012 election cycle.

Trainers: jenifer daniels

How to Get Earned Media for Your Issue

The news and information landscape is changing dramatically, but one thing hasn’t: generating earned media on campaigns and issues is a major part of how progressives can put pressure on public officials and win on issue campaigns. Successfully earned media campaigns can influence decision makers, persuade the public, provide legitimacy and be the difference between a winning campaign and a losing one. This session will share best practices for generating earned media and conducting sustained media campaigns.

Trainers: Doug Gordon, Jennifer Lindenauer

Iran 2012: Iraq 2003 All Over Again?

Despite broad opposition from military and security leaders in the United States and internationally, the sponsors of the Iraq War have attempted to fear-monger their way into another costly Middle East conflict. Bush has dropped from the headlines, but the architects of his foreign policy have taken over the shadow cabinets of GOP presidential contenders, the corner offices of think tanks and the halls of Congress. But 2012 is not 2003. A restrained economy, an ascendant model of less-militarized foreign policy and a war-weary public create an opportunity for a responsible policy outcome and a definitive blow to the (neo)conservative death-grip on national security politics. Attendees will hear from experts well-steeped in the trends and decisions behind the war drumbeat both then and now, who will spotlight the web of familiar players, debunk their arguments and discuss strategies for achieving a sounder policy and winning the political debate.

Watch live streaming video from fstv2 at livestream.com


Led by: Karen Finney

Panelists: Bob Creamer, Heather Hurlburt, Alireza Nader, Sen. Jack Reed

That Will Never Work: What Progressives Can Learn from OWS

When Occupy Wall Street first started, almost no one thought it would work. What does the explosion of interest in OWS say about the tactics of the occupation? What can progressive organizations learn from Occupy’s success in shifting the dialogue from austerity to inequality?

That Will Never Work: What Progressives Can Learn from OWS

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At #nn12 meta #ows panel w @msmaryclinton & @maxberger http://instagr.am/p/LoIzpEAKB4/Elana_Brooklyn
Panelists reviewed the first 9 months of the Occupy movement to find lessons for a progressive vision.
#occupy lessons: it isn’t suffering that leads to uprising. It’s a vision of what can win. #nn12 Yotam MaromMarianne Manilov
.@maxberger: #Occupy moved people from thinking about what’s achievable to working back from what’s necessary. #nn12 #owsJoe Macare
Occupy has also provided lessons for online/offline integration.
#occupy lessons: there was a collapse both in online & offline. U were able to really participate in both. Not just click. #nn12 @maxbergerMarianne Manilov
"Social media is the fuel, not the fire" @maxberger #ows #nn12Elana_Brooklyn
Started from social media and then made it real. Posts actively showed real-world legitimacy of the movement. – Isham Christie #nn12 #owsJulie Kaviar
The physical occupation was a topic of discussion.
"#ows was the chorus of a previously fragmented movement fighting together in one space." @msmaryclinton #nn12Nick Espinosa
There was also talk about cooperation with a broader coalition.
Strongest when #ows wasn’t worried about "the coalition" and who should do what and where they came from. – Yotam Marom #nn12Julie Kaviar
Institutional help: provided money for flyers and created a wall between cops and occupiers @msmaryclinton #ows #nn12Julie Kaviar

Led by: Max Berger

Panelists: Isham Christie, Mary Clinton, Michelle Crentsil, Yotam Marom

Mobile Organizing for 2012: From Elections to Occupy, Anti-Fracking to Arab Spring

This panel will explore case studies that exemplify outstanding mobile organizing practices and how they’re going to be critical in 2012. Panelists will share their experiences in bridging the digital divide by using texts to drive advocacy phone calls; taking the work out of calling your legislator through click-to-call widgets; using texts to build your list of supporters and syncing that list with the data that in your CRM to move supporters up the ladder of engagement. Plus we’ll discuss how to generate action, online and offline, and benefit from a high return on engagement.

Watch live streaming video from freespeechtv at livestream.com


Organizing Issue-Based Campaigns with College Students

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Panelists talked about the big picture of online organizing and where mobile campaigns fit in.
Never forget, online organizing is supposed to be about making things quick and easy for people to do." @FooteSteppes #nnmobileAbigail Collazo
Reminder from @FooteSteppes that texting is exceptionally personal, so use it in a very targeted manner. #NNmobileAbigail Collazo
On mobile tech: @FooteSteppes says "Mobile is not a strategy, it’s a tool. Your message, your content, etc. are all components." #nnmobileAbigail Collazo
Panelists gave some pro tips for better use of texting and integrating mobile with web campaigns.
Little known @Tumblr feature: ability to call a number from your mobile phone and post audio messages to your page. Cool. #nnmobile #nn12Dan Joyce
Good advice @MCMBrooks "Make sure to identify urself when texting. Texting infrequently means they may not remember who you are" #nnmobileAbigail Collazo
Stay on message w/ your SMS call-to-action. An off message call will kill credibility & result in high opt out rate. #nnmobile #nn12Net Victories
Outside the United States, mobile is one of the main tools in the campaign toolbox.
GREAT question on how mobile tech is being used outside the US and internationally, particularly with Arab Spring #nnmobile #NN12Abigail Collazo
Egypt has 90% mobile penetration, 15% internet penetration. Revolutions are happening via mobile networks #nnmobile #NN12Abigail Collazo

Led by: Jed Alpert

Panelists: Doug Foote, Kristin Koch, Liba Rubenstein, Michelle Whittaker

Promoting People of Color in the Progressive Blogosphere

This panel will address the needs, successes and obstacles to having greater participation from people of color in the blogosphere. Using the models of the Native American Netroots and Black Kos as a beginning point for the discussion, we’ll cover topics such as color blindness vs. representation and how to get historically underrepresented groups and their views heard. We’ll discuss how to organize outreach between the larger blogosphere and blogs that are specific to communities of color and how to form stronger connections to ongoing organizing efforts and activism in communities of color. We’ll also focus on how organizations can promote diversity within new grassroots organizations.

Led by: David Reid

Panelists: Renee Chantler, Neeta Lind, Denise Oliver-Velez, Ian Reifowitz

Organizing Issue-Based Campaigns with College Students

American college campuses are hotbeds of idealism and activism. The 2008 election, the massive protests in Wisconsin and Ohio and the Occupy movement showed that when this young constituency is politically mobilized, history can be made. While youth vote turnout is often addressed, too little is done to address this constituency’s issues: affordable college education, student debt and limited job prospects. Meanwhile, college students find themselves the target of voter ID laws and other efforts to suppress their voice in the political process. Student organizations and their allies are organizing students to get active around the issues that are important to them. Come hear how to mobilize the student vote for affordable higher education, immigrant rights, voting rights and a host of other issues.

Organizing Issue-Based Campaigns with College Students

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Universities are already on the front lines of economic and social battles.
Universities are big time union busters. #nn12Erik Loomis
"Universities are carriers of the virus of austerity." #nn12Erik Loomis
Panelists talked about the main goal of any student-led campaign.
.@studentactivism "you either take power…or you convince the folks in power that it’s in their interest to do what you want them to" #nn12Josh Eidelson

Led by: Chris Goff

Panelists: Michael Fabricant, Angus Johnston, Claire Lewis

From Deval Patrick to Scott Brown to Elizabeth Warren: Massachusetts Elections and National Trends

Deval Patrick won an unlikely race for governor in 2006; two years later, Barack Obama was elected president. In January 2010, Scott Brown won an unlikely race for U.S. Senate; ten months later, Republicans swept the national Congressional races—except in Massachusetts, where all 10 Congressional seats went Democratic and Patrick won re-election in a race many thought he couldn’t win. Now, Elizabeth Warren is running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts and Barack Obama is up for reelection, possibly against a former Massachusetts governor. What can recent elections in Massachusetts tell us about national trends? Experts from Patrick and Warren’s campaigns, plus one of the Boston Globe’s top political columnists, will dive into this question.

Led by: David Kravitz

Panelists: Richard Chacon, Doug Rubin, Joan Vennochi

Big Decisions: A Discussion of Recent and Upcoming SCOTUS Cases

Over the course of the next year, the Supreme Court is poised to rule on nearly every major political issue facing the country today. By the time the current term ends in late June, the Court will issue potentially monumental decisions in the cases challenging the Affordable Care Act and Arizona’s draconian immigration law. When it reconvenes in October, the Court will consider the constitutionality of affirmative action and is likely to accept for review cases on same sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, abortion, indefinite detention and campaign finance. The Court’s decisions in these cases will have serious implications for the fundamental freedoms we enjoy, the equality of opportunity to which we aspire and the democracy which we have built. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the cases before the Court and how we can mobilize effectively around them.


Led by: Nan Aron

Panelists: Debo Adegbile, Lani Guinier, Dahlia Lithwick

Screening Showcase #3

Films are an effective way to engage new audiences, communicate dynamic ideas and provoke conversation. See short segments of films that seek to influence the debate, learn about the work and share thoughts on impact, distribution, partnerships and the potential to turn reel action into real action.  Line-up subject to change.

Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus – In 2006 Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize for giving microcredit loans to women.  But he didn’t stop there… whenever he sees a problem he starts a business, creating a mix between business and social work, which he’s coined “social business” demonstrating to the world that complex problems sometimes do have simple answers. Microcredit is just the tip of the iceberg!

Pay 2 Play- is a feature documentary exploring the impacts of money in running for office, and how Americans can hope to make democracy succeed despite the corporate money onslaught in the wake of Citizens United. P2P follows candidates running for office in Ohio while looking behind the controversial Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections. Along his journey, director John Wellington Ennis chronicles his exploration into money and politics with colorful subplots covering street art and the secret history of Monopoly as parables for citizen participation and corporate encroachment. Featuring appearances by John Nichols, Bob Edgar, James Bopp, Nick Nyhart, Noam Chomsky, Brad Friedman, Lee Fang, Mark Crispin Miller, Jerry Springer, Lawrence Lessig and more.

Heist:  Who Stole the American Dream? - A documentary about the roots of the American economic crisis, and the assault on working people in the United States. “Heist” reveals the crumbling structure of the U.S. economy – the result of four decades of deregulation, job outsourcing, and tax policies favoring mega-corporations and wealthy elites.  After detailing how the economy has been derailed, “Heist” offers a robust Take Action section with real world solutions and up-to-the-minute footage from the Occupy Wall Street movement – an essential primer for everyday Americans to participate in the re-imagining of economic justice.

Checkpoint Nation? – One morning, Maria—then nine months pregnant—and her family were stopped by the police for no discernible reason. A special breakfast outing became a nightmare—and at one of the most intimate moments of her life, Maria found a team of immigration agents—not her husband—by her side.  Maria’s chilling story is the centerpiece of “Checkpoint Nation? Building Community Across Borders,” a powerful documentary that depicts the reality of post-9/11 racial profiling — as mandated by laws such as SB 1070 in Arizona, which are now being imitated nationwide — along with strengthening alliances of diverse groups committed to racial justice.

Panelists: Frances Causey, John Ennis, Holly Mosher, Lisa Smithline, Ishita Srivastava

Content Management: What’s Possible & Best for Your Org?

Whether your new website is a top of the line enterprise solution with tailored content for audience segments, a basic blog site, or a new site for your latest campaign, two of the first questions you will be confronted with are what Content Management System (CMS) to use and what programming language it should be based on? Don’t know what the implications of these questions are? Come find out what a CMS can do for you.

In this session we’ll walk you through the questions you should consider as you determine what technology solution is right for you or your organization. Sitecore, Expression Engine, WordPress, CrownPeak, Joomla, Drupal, Django and even Tumblr – we’ll run you through the options and implications, answer your questions, and give you the tools you need to make the right choices.

Trainers: Austen Levihn-Coon

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