New Tools Shootout

New Tools Shootout

Starts: Saturday, Jun. 22 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Jun. 22 2:45 PM (Eastern)

Back for an utterly unprecedented and completely mind-boggling FOURTH year, it’s the Great Netroots Nation Organizing Tools Shootout! Data and online tools are a big part of progressive organizing, and keystones in building from the netroots base out wider into our communities. New online tools are key supporting infrastructure for the leaderful movement and the building blocks of the shift from top-down and broadcast models to a distributed, participatory and more deeply democratic future. Come hear the inside stories on how these tools are being designed and built, the impact they’re already having on campaigns and organizations, and what they can do to help you become a more powerful and more effective activist and leader.

We’re asking people to sign up to get a slot. You will probably still be able to get a slot just by showing up, but maybe not. So sign up now just to be sure:

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Dan Ancona


Political organizer and technologist Dan Ancona builds and evangelizes online tools that strengthen democracy. He has helped create and build interest in numerous products in fifteen years at several startups and in academia (with a research focus on visualization), but since 2006 has been accelerating the shift from top-down, broadcast style politics to a more networked, person-to-person, diversity-positive and inclusive democratic system with clients including TargetSmart Communications, Citizen Engagement Lab, and the Agenda Project, and as the founder of California VoterConnect and Democracy Dashboard. His other interests include urban design, economics, strategic communications, DJing and sailing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and fellow organizer Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, their son Marco, and their extraordinarily large and friendly cat, Oscar.

Lindsey Franklin


Lindsey Franklin is an organizer, entrepreneur and impact investment professional. She is the Program Manager for New Media Ventures, a national network of early stage investors supporting startups that create progressive political change.

She is also the co-founder of ecoVC, a social venture designed to help startups grow with sustainability built into their core. An emeritus board member for San Francisco’s Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, she has guest lectured at Monterey Institute for International Studies and Middlebury College on business model generation and social entrepreneurship.

Lindsey cut her political chops during the 2008 Presidential election, where she coordinated three different climate campaigns during the primaries before working for President Obama’s Campaign for Change in Michigan. She received her BA from Middlebury College in Environmental Studies and Philosophy.

Other sessions: Startup 101: Tips, Tools and Resources for Launching a Progressive Startup

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