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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Women's Caucus

Our moderated issue caucuses are aimed at forming greater strategic alliances on progressive issues including the environment, labor, LGBT community, immigration, women’s issues, social justice and education.

Screening: "American Teacher"

Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, “American Teacher” tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system―the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country. Through an interactive and evolving website and a feature-length documentary that brings together educational experts, student interviews and a year of documenting the day-to-day lives and sacrifices of public school teachers, the Teacher Salary Project will bring an awareness to the real and imminent crisis in our educational system―how little we value our strongest, most committed and most effective teachers, and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn and their potential for future success. In keeping with the storytelling styles of both Dave Eggers (writer) and Vanessa Roth (director), “American Teacher” is a character-driven film that explores this urgent issue through humor, irony and the energy of the teachers who fill the screen.

Chairman’s Pub Quiz VI: Revenge of the Chairman

Last year’s competition was plagued by controversy, as a heated debate over the proper name of a particular Southeast Asian nation led to fierce, unbridled protest which made Madison, WI, look like kindergarten.  What could possibly be in store for 2012? Form your teams of 8-10 (and we’ll help assemble teams on-site) and find out.  Tensions will be high, as will the collective blood-alcohol content of the room by the end, so do join us for the team trivia contest which has become as fixed a part of the Netroots Nation landscape as were Burma Shave billboards on American highways of the 1950s.

Generously sponsored by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

Ignite @ Netroots Nation

Come to the first-ever Ignite event at Netroots Nation and be inspired! At Ignite events, presenters give five-minute speeches with 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Topics vary from personal stories to practical tips to funny or inspirational big-picture ideas.

Led by: Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Art Exhibit Reception

Join us for our Art Exhibit celebration and reception at Netroots Nation, 6pm on Friday in the Rotunda

There has never been a movement for social change without art and culture being central to its impact. Political posters in particular, have played a crucial role in social movements throughout our history – sparking commitment, promoting ideals, and eliciting action. Political posters are tools to educate, mobilize and agitate. Come see an exhibition of contemporary political posters emerging from OCCUPY and from the pro-immigrant movement in United States. Featuring works by street artists, designers, printmakers, and activists from around the continent, this exhibit highlights the vital role that graphics play in promoting radical and progressive values. While political posters are viewed in the art world as a low-brow, it is key for progressives to understand the role posters have played in galvanizing public sentimen and why they are the ultimate movement-medium.


Raise a Glass for the Working Class, Sponsored by AFL-CIO

Join the AFL-CIO at Rí Rá Irish Pub (50 Exchange Terrace) for drinks, good company, and working class music from the band the Street Dogs! Reconnect with friends and introduce yourself to new folks. Doors open at 7:00. The band comes on at 9:00. Drink specials for American beers!

Welcome to Providence Block Party

Mayor Angel Taveras and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse are hosting a block party at Local 121, located at 124 Washington Street, on Friday night at 8 p.m. This event is open to all #NN12 attendees, stop in to meet them and other special guests!

Morning News Dump with Lizz Winstead, Shannyn Moore and Cliff Schecter

Grab your coffee before the action begins each morning while getting an freewheeling and hilarious update of the day’s news with Daily Show co-creator and comedian Lizz Winstead, Radio host, journalist Shannyn Moore and Pundit, author and teller of truths, Cliff Shecter.

The Morning News Dump is sorta like “Morning Joe,” minus the guests who have gotten everything wrong for the past 10 years. Each morning these three will also welcome some of your favorite bloggers and politicians as well to give you a download of the days news before you hit the Netroots ground running.

Roll out of bed and join them!

Generously sponsored by The Guardian US.

Led by: Lizz Winstead

Panelists: Shannyn Moore, Cliff Schecter

Austerity No More: An Economy for the 99%

The 99 percent have taken to the streets in unprecedented numbers yet we haven’t seen this outcry reflected in the policies in Washington, where conventional wisdom lands somewhere between the status quo and austerity. The middle class continues to shrink and the poor get poorer, while the wealthiest continue to prosper while skirting the rules.

What does our economic outlook look like—and what should our progressive vision for it be? How do we free ourselves from what Paul Krugman says can only be called a depression? What role can activists, bloggers and labor play in ensuring economic success and equality? These questions and more will be discussed in this keynote session.

Watch live streaming video from fstv1 at livestream.com

Immediately following the keynote, Paul Krugman will hold a book signing at the Exhibit Hall author signing area.

Led by: Heather McGhee

Panelists: Paul Krugman, Erica Payne, Ai-jen Poo, Richard Trumka

Recruiting and Hiring Rockstar Staffers

Good help can be hard to find, but it doesn’t have to be. There are thousands of talented organizers out there—you’ve just got to find and recruit them to your team. Led by experienced managers with decades of hiring experience, this training will provide you with a new outlook on recruiting and hiring rockstars for your staff. We’ll cover how to write attractive job descriptions, effectively use your networks to identify the right talent and how to manage dozens of applicants through an interview process. We’ll also talk about how to reel someone in when you’re sure you’ve found the right person for the job.

Trainers: Matt Blizek, Amy Pritchard

How to Make Clicks Mean Something: Strategic Planning for Online Campaigns

Online activism can be as meaningless as people clicking on a web page, or powerful enough to change this country—it all depends on your strategy. This training will teach you how the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) plans the kind of high-impact, attention-getting online campaigns that have helped us and others accomplish powerful things like strengthening financial reform and drafting Elizabeth Warren into the Senate race in Massachusetts. Come and learn how keen strategy, theory of change, building momentum, and reporting back combine to create online campaigns with strong effects in the real world.

Trainers: Adam Green, Jason Rosenbaum, Matt Wall

Excel-erate! Turbo-charge your Excel skills

This session is a rapid-fire introduction to several important functions of Microsoft Excel, all of which will help you digest, manipulate and display data quickly and easily. Aimed at an audience between beginner and intermediate, the training will cover if statements, pivot tables and pivot charts, vlookup, conditional formatting, filter and sort and other fun functions and formulas. The session will include a demo of the above topics by using the various functions to turn a raw dataset into useful products. Audience members with laptops can download the dataset and play along, and a read-along handout given to all participants will list, in order, every function being demonstrated.

Trainers: Amelia Showalter

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