Russ Feingold. Van Jones. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Al Franken. Donna Edwards. Randi Weingarten. And about 2500 of y'all.
We each have our own memories of Netroots Nation 2011. For me, perhaps the most special time was the half hour I got to spend on Friday talking to my hometown heroes, Freedom From Fear award winners Wei Chen and Bach Tong, about how they courageously organized the Asian-American student community at South Philadelphia High School and forced the school to create a safe educational environment for all.
There are so many sub-conferences which take part in Netroots Nation, and no one gets to see them all. Of course, there's the formal calendar with its keynote sessions, panel discussions, training sessions and caucuses. There's the Exhibit Hall, an energetic world of its own. There's the social calendar, too, but then there's what I'd call the interstitial conference -- all those little moments in between everything else where you run into an old online friend (or make a new friend). Like 2010, I do think this was a progressive conference more than it was a Democratic conference, a place to figure out how we build a sustaining movement and infrastructure rather than just move from campaign to campaign every year.
Right now, there's something I'd like you to do, and it's absolutely essential for the enduring success of this conference. You need to tell us what worked, and what didn't work. We have received a great deal of positive feedback so far, but we need to keep listening.
As chairman of the board of directors for the Netroots Nation (c)(4) organization [Darcy Burner heads the Netroots Foundation (c)(3)], I need to know what you think. You are our stakeholders, our constituents, and your satisfaction is essential to our continued success. There is no aspect of this conference which cannot be rethought, and no detail not worth mentioning. And, obviously, we don't want to forget anything that worked out better than our wildest expectations, and want to capture as much of that now while it's still fresh in your minds. Tell us what you loved, and what we need to do more -- because we didn't see everything, even all the good stuff. So tell us stories about your Netroots Nation experience.
[What has your feedback led to in the past? Improved focus on accessibility issues. A more endurable schedule, both in length and breadth. Annual karaoke. An exhibit hall which could serve as the primary social hub.]
We've got a few ways you can register this feedback. First off, post it here.
Secondly, anything you tweet to #nn11, we're still watching.
And thirdly, if you'd like to keep it private, email me at adam [at] netrootsnation [dot] org or to executive director Raven Brooks at raven [at] netrootsnation [dot] org. We will make sure every email gets to the appropriate person(s) on our staff, and that each receives a response.
Thanks again. You each make our conference, and our movement, what it is. See you in Providence.