I hope you were inspired.
I hope you were engaged.
I suspect you're exhausted.
There are so many sub-conferences which take part in Netroots Nation. 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), or meet someone who's running for office, or otherwise just plain happenstance at the conference.
I can't possibly single out one moment -- big or tweet-level -- and that's not my job. But I do think that more than any other conference we've run, this was a progressive conference more than it was a Democratic conference. Yes, party leaders and office seekers were there, but this felt more like a conference about progressive ideas and building our progressive movement (and obtaining progressive policy victories) than it was about the electoral process.
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 NN, 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.
[To give you an idea -- from your feedback last year, we added karaoke this year. We also made sure to put the exhibit hall front and center geographically, and to make sure the schedule was more endurable overall.]
We've got a few ways you can register this feedback. First off, um, here. I think you know how to do that.
Secondly, anything you tweet to #nn10, 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, also, Nurse Kelley's diary on accessibility issues. We are paying attention.]