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"Adam," I've been asked (by the voices in my head), "What do you enjoy most about serving as chairman of the board of directors of Netroots Nation?  Is it being backstage with folks like Bill Clinton?  Is it the site selection process?  Is it access to the Chairman's Suite, or the ability to append the word 'Chairman's' gratuitously to whatever you're doing?"

And the answer is no.  My favorite part of all of this is what's just started -- our proposal submission and evaluation process.

Because at the core of what we're doing in Las Vegas from July 22-25 (register now!), as it is every year, are the panel discussions, roundtables, training sessions and other substantive gatherings that you generate which occupy our days during the conference.  Through this process we define what it means to be in the Netroots every year -- what issues do we care about, and what perspectives are worth hearing -- making the conference itself a way to educate ourselves, informing and inspiring activism for the year which follows.  

This is a bottom-up process.  These ideas come from you, and if there's one theme I'd have for the 2010 conference, it's this: given what we now know, what do progressives need to do to make change happen?

We want to see proposals for panels that run the gamut of progressive policy, but, as always, we’ve set a few priority areas. We’ll be sure to cover:

  • Comprehensive immigration reform
  • Employee free choice and labor issues
  • The economy, job creation and financial reform
  • Organizing around the 2010 election
  • Long-term systematic and infrastructure changes to the political process

As members of the Netroots community, one of our greatest strengths is our ability to shun conventional wisdom in favor of new approaches. Each session should offer a Netroots hook and cover interesting topics from new perspectives -- though, of course, some of that can involve bringing in non-Netroots folks to educate us and listen to us.  

We want forward-looking ideas that provide attendees with tools to make change and ideas to build upon. Feel free to browse our archive of previous sessions and check out our video archive to see what has been done in years past, but don't be afraid to think outside the box with regards to topic or format.  (Indeed, really: moderator plus four speakers has not been handed down from Sinai as the only way to do things.)

When you're brainstorming, here are a few things to think about:

  • How does my idea 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 proposed panelists represent diversity — of ethnicity, gender, geography, age and viewpoint?

Click here to read the full list of guidelines and submit your idea.  (We take these guidelines seriously -- there are numerical grades, spreadsheets, conference calls, the works.)  As you'll see from the guidelines, your ideas need not be fully formed at this stage, but we will want to see a good level of thoughtfulness and planning.  (You can't just give us a title and say "and I'll find three awesome people to talk about it."  Be as specific as reasonably possible.)

The deadline for submission is February 8, and feel free to email me at adam (at) netrootsnation dot org if you have any questions about this process.  Help us build a great conference in our return to Las Vegas.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:30 PM PST.

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  •  P.S. (10+ / 0-)

    There is no "Chairman's Suite."  It's just what I get to call my room. See how it works?

    Show Dems in R-Leaning Districts Who Voted For Health Care, Against Stupak: We've Got Your Back

    by Adam B on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:29:56 AM PST

  •  Not sure if I'll make it this year (7+ / 0-)

    ... but it seems the perfect venue to have a conversation about what a basic agenda for the progressive movement should include.  The lack of a mutually agreed agenda seems to be vitiating our efforts at every turn.

    To announce that we are to stand by the president right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. -TR

    by Dallasdoc on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:32:06 PM PST

  •  As I said earlier today, I am so very (3+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, earicicle, renzo capetti

    excited about NN already this year.
    It's hard to believe that this is year 5 already. :-)

    I may need to start studying up for Pub Quiz though.


    by shayera on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:36:43 PM PST

  •  I was at the 1st and will be at the 5th (3+ / 0-)
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    shayera, oceanview, renzo capetti

    You know, I am hoping that someone like Jill will take on food issues.  I am highly interested in getting involved in this area and learning more.

    Repubs - the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don't need to. They already beat you in public. (Bill Maher)

    by Sychotic1 on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:42:13 PM PST

  •  Who in Oregon would like to speak to growing (4+ / 0-)

    the Progressive Movement through targeted messaging to small and mid sized business?

    Seriously, I want to kick this idea around some.

    E-mail is in my profile.


    by potatohead on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:44:29 PM PST

  •  I don't have the wherewithal (7+ / 0-)

    nor the expertise in anything to submit a proposal, but if I may pipe up...

    We need to reform the criminal justice system and our drug policy. It might be interesting to get Jim Webb and anyone else who's engaged in these issues to participate in a panel.

    Treatment vs. incarceration: U.S. officials debate handling of drug offenses

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:44:55 PM PST

  •  Adam, So glad you're there. (2+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, renzo capetti

    I think some focus should be on war and peace.  This country has been at war for a long time and there does not appear to be an end in sight.  I think progressives should be discussing how to make peace rather than war.

  •  How about internet voting? (0+ / 0-)

    •Long-term systematic and infrastructure changes to the political process

    Where do the Netroots stand on that?  

    I see it as a very progressive idea that could help expand the franchise by removing barriers to voting. If the internet offers sufficient security for us to use it routinely in our personal, private financial matters, as we do with banking, credit cards, etc., then it ought to be good enough for voting, with a properly secured registration and login system.

    We at least ought to be discussing the potential for and barriers to internet voting on the progressive side. It's really our issue. Republicans are always all about suppressing the vote and we're always all about getting folks up off their lazy backsides to go out and vote.

    "If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you." Billy Wilder 1906 - 2002

    by LeftOfYou on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:51:57 PM PST

    •  That's true. (0+ / 0-)

      If it's good enough for money, it oughta be good enough for ANYTHING.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:01:17 PM PST

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    •  It's less about security as it is about... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...availability and accessability.

      Even if you did internet voting you'd still need voting centers of some kind for people who dno't have internet access and something for people who can't remember passwords and yadda yadda.

      paper is better.  Paper is real.  Paper can be recounted.

      I'd rather have a mail in ballot to internet ballot personally.

      These days, politics only serve to give people an excuse to be assholes.

      by DawnG on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:10:24 PM PST

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  •  I wish someone would define that term (0+ / 0-)

    What does "broader progressive movement" mean?  Because it seems this site only has an interest in that part of progressivism that can fit under the Democratic Party umbrella.  And, that's management's prerogative. I'd just like to know.

    •  Plenty of progs here (3+ / 0-)
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      Dallasdoc, BCO gal, Deep Harm

      who are not and have never been "under the Dem Party umbrella."

      Lifelong progressive independent here. Who feels totally at home at dKos...and who found plenty of panels that addressed her interests at NN09.

      Plus, of course, Pub Quiz, karaoke, afterparties...

      The Unstable Radicals--formed spontaneously around a bar table in Pittsburgh--may once again make a surprising run for the Pub Quiz title in Vegas, Adam. Consider The Chairman notified! ;-)

      "Women shouldn't be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of women." droogie6655321

      by earicicle on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:09:50 PM PST

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      •  Unstable Radicals? (1+ / 0-)
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        Sounds like a rock band full of chemists.

        These days, politics only serve to give people an excuse to be assholes.

        by DawnG on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:11:34 PM PST

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        •  Couple of scientists on our team! (2+ / 0-)
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          Our team name was a mash up of their usernames. And we did rock, if I do say so myself! Of course, I'm far too modest to mention who the only person was to get Chester Arthur's Vermont birthplace correct in the final round... ;-)

          "Women shouldn't be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of women." droogie6655321

          by earicicle on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:23:45 PM PST

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  •  Those screamers at the town halls? (3+ / 0-)
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    They made for great copy.  We need more dramatic, over-the-top street-theater type actions in order to grab the narrative.  We pride ourselves on have the logic on our side, but we need to find ways to grab the popular emotion, too.

    I'm not likely to become a NN attemdee, but that's my two cents worth.  You notice we don't raise that figure to keep up with inflation, either.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:00:05 PM PST

    •  Beat me by a minute+ (1+ / 0-)
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    •  I agree completely that we need to physically (1+ / 0-)
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      take to the streets, in the non-violent way that Dr. King did, to show the government that we are serious and that we won't back down.

      That's why there will be a March for Legal Accountability, for torture, on Saturday, September 4th, the Saturday of Labour Day Weekend. I really hope, with this much ;ead time, that many, many will join us.

          For Dan,

      Planning a March for Legal Accountability for Torture

      by Chacounne on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:12:18 PM PST

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      •  I was thinking more of numerous small actions (0+ / 0-)

        like town halls.  One big march is cool, but we need multiplicitous photo ops.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 05:56:41 AM PST

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  •  We need to define a clear way to combat the (1+ / 0-)
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    "teabaggers"; and the almost teabaggers---other than just mocking them.

    There are some legitimate complaints out there; and we need to coalesce around some solid points to fend them off throughout the summer.

  •  Las Vegas in late July? Count me in! (1+ / 0-)
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    BCO gal

    Maybe Fred Phelps is right-- progressives are indeed going to Hell.

    Enrich your life with adverbs!

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:06:01 PM PST

  •  Adam, (6+ / 0-)
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    DawnG, sberel, boran2, BCO gal, earicicle, danmitch

    I'm putting together a proposal for a panel for NN10, and there's a snag/question I have:
      As you know, I'm Canadian, and the proposal requires that you include a US Zipcode. Is there a way to get around that?
      Thanks very much.
      Looking forward to NN10,

    Planning a March for Legal Accountability for Torture

    by Chacounne on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:07:35 PM PST

  •  how about preventing our agenda (0+ / 0-)

    from being destroyed by incessant swift boating from the right-wing noise machine

    My heroes have the heart to live the life I want to live.

    by JLFinch on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:08:36 PM PST

  •  comprehensive (0+ / 0-)

    At the top of your list is comprehensive immigration reform. Could you define comprehensive immigration reform? What are its goals (or the goals of those working for it)? How would it be implemented? What would the legislation look like?

  •  hey adam, do you already have a (0+ / 0-)

    media unit to cover 2010?

  •  We Have Two Tickets to Donate for Scholarships... (3+ / 0-)
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    shayera, Dallasdoc, annieli

    ...who do we contact, Adam?

    We've pretty much had all the pie we can stand so we're going to go do something else this once sense, we're sad since we've been there every year and in another, I guess there really is a new paradigm here at dKos and it's time to stop harshing everybody's buzz.

    Not one more cent to the DSCC and the DCCC. I support PROGRESSIVE Democrats.

    by InquisitiveRaven on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:21:15 PM PST

  •  What? (0+ / 0-)

    No Healthcare Reform imporvement?
    No Financial system reform improvement?
    No Social Security reform?
    No Homeland Security improvement?
    No ending the wars in the middle east?


    We mock what we do not understand.

    by Tea Bag You on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:27:55 PM PST

    •  please re-read (2+ / 0-)
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      We want to see proposals for panels that run the gamut of progressive policy, but, as always, we’ve set a few priority areas.

      Show Dems in R-Leaning Districts Who Voted For Health Care, Against Stupak: We've Got Your Back

      by Adam B on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:34:22 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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        I was addressing the choice of "priority areas"...

        We mock what we do not understand.

        by Tea Bag You on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:48:18 PM PST

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        •  We're in Las Vegas, Nevada (2+ / 0-)
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          The former suggests a need to focus on labor; the latter, on immigration and Latino issues.  Plus, it's 2010.

          Show Dems in R-Leaning Districts Who Voted For Health Care, Against Stupak: We've Got Your Back

          by Adam B on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 06:05:53 PM PST

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          •  No Offense Intended But.... (0+ / 0-)

            Geographic location should have a minimal effect on priorities. Priorities should be based on current political realities and potential upcoming pro-choice which is under assault and by July will probably have restrictions in place in HCR. Multiple setbacks recently in equal marriage issues is a concern. What surprised me was a prioroty, in July, on 2010 elections which by that time will be just over 3 months away. I wonder if you think that might be a little too close to elections to reap big benefits?

            Again, you all do such great work I don't mean to offend. I just think perhaps a little more focused priorities would be helpful.

            BTW, I followed the link and took a look at previous years sessions. It seemed to me to be information overload with a zillion different 1-hr sessions covering everything from A to Z including fixing the kitchen sink( not really but u get the point). I'd never make it thru so much info.

  •  Already registered. (0+ / 0-)

    Can't wait to see the panels.  Unfortunately, I have no useful ideas to add.

    Oh, there you are, Perry. -Phineas -SLB-

    by boran2 on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:33:48 PM PST

  •  If Senator Reid were there (2+ / 0-)
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    I would propose that he be included on a panel that discusses how we can end the 60 vote requirement for cloture in the senate.

  •  I like all the proposed ideas/panels. (0+ / 0-)

    I will be attending.  Signed on sometime ago.  My view of progressives is to be futuristic, to lead.  That's why I think we have to address jobs and labor issues as  well as how to create peace.  I very much like focus on changing some of the congressional procedures, but I think that requires attendance of congressional leadership who describe ready-to-file legislation and who solicit our organization and support to move it.

    I'm just listening to Rachel and discussion about Bin Laden's interest in bankrupting the country.  We're on our way, the President has bought into spending more on the military and security industrial complexes.  Rachel also is talking about focusing on policy development, not responding to crazy Repug and tea party rubbish. Rachel should be one of the keynote speakers.

    NN must focus on the future, identifying new leadership and policy development.  Based on recent Congressional inability to function for the public, we must find new and courageous leaders.  

    I hope Alan Grayson and Al Franken will be on a panel.  They are courageous leaders.

    I'd also like to see Jim Webb in a forum which addresses revising the criminal justice system.  Some ACLU and serious prison reformers.  This is a civil rights issue.

  •  I don't have an idea for a panel, but to whom (0+ / 0-)

    would I submit a request for an organized daily sit?

    This'll be my first Netroots Nation, and I'd love the opportunity to start the day in quiet contemplation with a like-minded sangha.


    Tell the damned truth everywhere you go and challenge small thinking wherever you encounter it. ~ OPOL

    by dakinishir on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 07:49:12 PM PST

  •  idea for someone else to pursue (0+ / 0-)

    I too don't have the time or expertise to develop this idea, but here's what I'd like to see: a panel on how progressives can contribute to resolving or at least mitigating the jobs crisis and adding the missing element of true creativity to American capitalism. Broadly, if there's a "giant pool of money" looking for investment, what investments could it underwrite, obviously resulting in jobs, that would have obvious value to progressives - aside from whether they would be profitable? Here's where the profiteers are useless. But they could contribute, as could progressives again, in reviewing those means-to-meeting-needs and figuring out some way of making profit from each one (short of using it to game the system).

    The WPA and, more recently, the national parks infrastructure idea (from Meteor Blades?) are examples of such creativity.  The Obama campaign had some sort of online pool-of-ideas going for a while, but they too were just using it for short-term gains. It would probably require an integrated database more sophisticated than anything the government currently uses, AND it would raise patent/copyright problems - but progressive, creative legal minds should be able to work that last one out.

  •  I am just glad to be attending! There are lots (0+ / 0-)

    of quality people to organize around these panels. As I am 70, I yield the floor to them. Starting in 1966, I was involved in local, state and then national politics, and have passed on my progressive ideas and (wisdom?)to mcdaughters and mcson.

    I think, therefore I am. I think.

    by mcmom on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 11:54:58 AM PST

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