If you’re new to Netroots Nation, you can get a sense of what the event looks like by checking out our schedule overview. Below you can view panels, training sessions, keynotes and other content as sessions and speakers are confirmed. You also view a PDF of our printed program here.

If you’re looking specifically for the schedule grid, please click this link to view it.

Highlights for Netroots Nation 2014 include:

  • A keynote featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (and more speakers to be announced soon)
  • 80 panels and 40 hands-on training sessions
  • A progressive film Screening Series
  • An Ignite themed keynote, featuring fast-paced talks from movement leaders
  • A kickoff party sponsored by the Michigan Senate Democrats and the DLCC
  • A closing night party sponsored by Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • A special Tech Tools Shootout and reception sponsored by Google, New Media Ventures and Netroots Nation
  • Annual events including our pub quiz, comedy show and candidate reception and much more!

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Netroots Nation 2014 Kick Off Party – Welcome to Detroit

The Michigan Senate Democrats and the DLCC would like to welcome Netroots Nation 2014 attendees to Detroit with a kick off party at the Detroit Beer Company (1529 Broadway St., Detroit, MI)

We will be joined by Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer as well as other special guests.

RSVP here to receive a complimentary drink ticket.

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

It’s the third year in a row that Lizz and friends help you jump start your Netroots mornings talking the big news stories of the day with zero regard for FCC regulations. 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 and Radio host, journalist Shannyn Moore, and Pundit, author and teller of truths, Cliff Schecter.

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.

They already have lined up some other very special guests so you don’t wanna miss it!

Roll out of bed and join them!

From clicktivist to canvasser: Online to offline mobilization

The netroots have been critical in turning a number of races from unlikely to viable, proving that sometimes our best volunteers are behind a computer screen. This session presents two successful case studies of online organizations mobilizing their memberships into offline actions. We will identify strategy, tools and best practices for successful volunteer engagement.

Trainers: Kaili Lambe, Karli Wallace

Training for trainers: Principles of adult learning

Think of every training you’ve ever attended. What’s the difference between the ones that make you yawn and the ones that make you feel motivated and confident about applying new knowledge and skills to your work? Join this session to learn the science behind effective trainings, so you can apply it the next time you need to teach anything to anyone.

Trainers: Ashley Pinedo

Moving your audience in 140 characters

Learn how to create a powerful digital strategy on Twitter, including how to establish a strong organic presence and how to create a successful promoted presence.

Trainers: Ashley Ramirez

Organizing the South: The Times They Are a-Changing

How can progressives continue to transform the social and political landscape of the South? By making sure workers have a voice on the job, electing representatives who care about poverty and women’s rights, and ultimately, organizing the working class into a broad, diverse movement for economic and social justice. From Moral Mondays and Fast Food strikes to Volkswagon auto workers in Chattanooga seeking a voice on the job, exciting things are happening in the South.

Led by: Darius Kemp

Panelists: Will Branch, Cherri Delesline, Carol McDonald, MaryBe McMillan

Progressives and the Midterms: Making Smart Investments to Build Progressive Power in 2014 and Beyond

What are the smartest plays that progressives can make in the upcoming mid-term elections? What are they key issues that progressives should be talking about? Join us for a lively discussion on building progressive power on Election Day and beyond.

Led by: Amanda Terkel

Panelists: Shenna Bellows, Nick Berning, Stephanie Taylor, Annie Weinberg

Challenging the Dramatic Under-Representation of Women and People of Color in Political Office

What would it look like if the people who hold political power actually reflected the communities they are elected to serve? What structural barriers prevent the United States from having elected leadership that reflects the full range and strength of our diversity? This panel will look at how systemic barriers like money in politics and negative gate-keeping networks operate to keep women and people of color from elected office. The under-representation of these groups undermines our democracy and contorts policy agendas but has rarely been directly targeted for structural change. Most efforts to diversity candidates for elected office lift individual candidates over walls through recruitment, training, and other forms of direct personal support. This panel will explore what it would look like to directly attack the walls that result in a system in which white men make up 32% of the U.S. but nearly 80% of Congress.

Led by: Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

Panelists: Cristobal Alex, Sayu Bhojwani, Ariel Boone, Glynda C. Carr

Bro-Choice? Where Do Men Fit in the Reproductive Justice Movement?

Men have shown up as allies for women in politics since suffrage, but issues of reproductive, sexual, and family health continue to be seen as primarily the burden and responsibility of women. The limits of this frame have become glaringly apparent: the “war on women” frame leaves out the LGBTQ community, lacks a racial justice analysis, and most importantly, reifies outdated ideas about gender. It’s time to rethink our frame and engage men—not as allies, but as stakeholders, whose sexual health, bodily autonomy, and ability to form and care for their families is deeply impacted by the same systems of reproductive oppression.

Led by: Raquel Ortega

Panelists: Travis Ballie, Renee Bracey Sherman, Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, Kashif Syed

Fighting for Democratic Practices after an Emergency Manager Takeover in Michigan: Report from the Trenches

Since taking office in 2010, Rick Snyder, the corporate-friendly Republican governor of Michigan, has installed 10 so-called “emergency managers” (EMs) to take the place of elected mayors, city councils, and school boards. In 2011 Snyder and the Republican legislature broadened the powers of EMs and essentially replaced local democracy with their political appointees. In 2012, Michigan voters rejected Snyder’s version of the law, but the legislature simply ignored the vote and passed an identical law. The majority of those deprived of their local representation live in cities where people of color are a majority of the population. Despite this profoundly anti-democratic takeover, residents and elected officials keep resisting this abrogation of the rule of law. This panel will feature activists from across Michigan who continue the struggle to regain their city’s autonomy.

Led by: Alec Gibbs

Panelists: Brandon A. Jessup, Karen Majewski, Claire McClinton, Nayyirah Shariff, Maureen Taylor

New Frontiers in Voter Contact: How open APIs, mobile, and real-time data collection are changing field forever

A new wave of technology startups are leveraging an increasingly open progressive data ecosystem to build tools that enable campaigns and organizations to make faster, better, more responsive decisions. Imagine a voter receiving a fundraising email immediately after a contact at the door. Or a real postcard arriving in your mailbox with a personalized GOTV message from a Facebook friend. A new wave of progressive innovators including Organizer, Amicus, and the organizers of the Open Supporter Data Interface (OSDI) are giving progressives an edge by enabling more integrated and targeted data-driven campaigns. Learn how these technologies are enabling leading unions and committees to take their tech to the next level, and contribute your ideas for the future of voter contact.

Led by: Gayatri Bhalla

Panelists: Robin Alberts-Marigza, Debra Cleaver, Ian Magruder, Jason Rosenbaum

Agitating for Change: Russian Media and the Thirst for Information

Access to information is crucial for an informed and democratic society, and obtaining important government information is getting more difficult in Russia, where the state is beginning to clamp down on media in the wake of the turmoil in Ukraine. The professional and citizen journalists there face common enemies—corporate special interests with unending financial resources, procedural hurdles, and ever-changing political climates. To combat this, how are journalists in Russia leveraging social media and other online tools for action? What lessons can be gleaned from efforts in the US and other countries around the world? And how can we work together to support the work of our progressive allies across world?

Led by: Libby Rosenbaum

Panelists: Artem Chlegov, Ivan Pritulyak, Dimitrie Ross, Elena Vasilieva

Netroots Nation 2015