Skip to main content

This year I am excited to work with the crew at Organizing 2.0 on their next conference Organizing New York. This time it is a three-day conference at the UFT building at 52 Broadway - March 22-24. No need to be intimidated by the long program - you are welcome to attend for one or two days if that is what works in your schedule.

In February 2011, I attended an Organizing 2.0 conference. I had been grassroots organizing for several years for candidates, health care, gun control, and more. At that one-day conference my knowledge of organizing skills multiplied. I saw that for all my caring and determination, I was held back by only knowing, well, what I knew. If I were to know more - the things other people knew - I’d be better at doing what I was giving so much of myself for every day.

This year, Organizing 2.0 is joined by Camp Wellstone, Democracy for America, the Working Families Party, Citizen Action New York, Rootscamp and the Civic Engagement Table for a gathering of our favorite organizers from across New York:  community organizations, non-profits, occupy groups, and campaigns.

You have big dreams, late nights and new schemes. You are on the hunt for that elusive tipping point for real legislative change or maybe even more fundamental systemic change.

Our stories are varied, our issues seem disparate. You might have made gun control legislation a reality in New York, elected your favorite candidate, or saved lives while simultaneously calling attention to a broken disaster response system.

Our candidates and organizations and affinity groups work from different political perspectives on different tactics. But all our grievances are connected. If we are fighting for justice and for a better world then we must recognize our own limitations in order to realize our true power.  When we move so fast from quest to quest we can miss that those we compete against for attention can be our best teachers.

Campaigners know how to use data, test communications strategies, and empower volunteer leadership to build capacity.  Occupy activists are adept at taking action quickly, using public spaces to breed new ideas, speaking truth to power, and expanding networks via social media. Fundraisers are excellent at building relationships, negotiating, messaging, and having the resources to keep our fights sustainable. I am looking forward to seeing these worlds interact on March 22-24th.

A couple of the unique tentative sessions are How to Scare Companies and Influence People Online and Mobile Phone Organizing - Basic Training and Strategies.

There is a session called Twitter for Absolute Beginners.  Ever since attending a similar session at Rootscamp last year, I have been trying to ask more questions in my tweets on and facebook to make social media more “social.” What would you like to learn about Twitter?  See what I did there?

Although sarcasm does not always work in organizing, it’s a big hit at organizing conferences. I think How to Ensure your Web Project is a Complete Failure will probably prove to be a big success.

Running a Successful Bowlathon, Walkathon (or another type of athon). If you make it to that session please let me know if  there is such thing as a chill-on-the-beach-a-thon.

So What the Heck is this VAN Thing Anyway? As a former OFA staffer who also helped organize volunteer transportation with Occupy Sandy, I see this could go in one of two directions.  Either one is full of possibility.

Democracy for America will be teaching about Running Against the Machine and Campaigning in Low Turnout Elections (are you supposed to tell voters there will be low turnout or not? Attend to find out).

In the grassroots fundraising track I see How to build a fundraising Strategy, Choosing Your Crowdfunding Platform, and Parties for Fun and Profit. That last one I am hoping will result in me getting to go to a lot more parties.

A longer list of tentative sessions and speakers can be found here.

Please register early and invite your friends.  Would you like to share what you know during the rootscamp/unconference portion of the weekend?   Check out rootscamp google moderator site where you can make proposals or vote for others.

To find out more about attending the conference as an individual or group, please see organizing20.org/organizingnewyork and with questions email ONY@organizing20.org.  

Originally posted to millerz on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:14 AM PST.

Also republished by New York City and New York State.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site