I only go to NN when someone else is picking up the tab, but fortunately, I’ll be there this year. (It’s in Minneapolis.) I have to say, if you can afford it, it’s well worth the trip. You get to meet a lot of your favorite bloggers, but more important, you get to meet and talk with activists from all over the country, who are more than happy to share their strategies.
If you’ve been feeling like you want to get involved but you’re not sure where to start, this is a great place to begin. (Plus, you know, fun!) Check out Adam Bonin’s Daily Kos post today:
During the conference, there are scores of blogger-generated panel discussions bringing together grassroots activists with leaders and experts in their fields. Simultaneously, it’s a social conference — putting faces to names you’ve only seen only, an annual reunion of this large and dispersed community taking place at parties, in the exhibit hall and hotel lobby, all over the place. We’ve had pub quizzes and karaoke contests, batting practice at PNC Park and raucous concerts, dance parties and a Teamsters-led barbecue. It is fun.
This year, Russ Feingold will be our Thursday night keynote speaker, and we’ll be rolling out more big names in the next few weeks. (Yes, Sen. Franken will be back.) What we need is you.
If you’ve never been before, well, we’ve all been first-time participants. Don’t be afraid. We take care of first-timers and lurkers, and within your first hour in the Twin Cities you will find your friends. As always, we’ll hold regional and affinity caucuses to make sure you find the communities where your friends are. And you should strongly consider helping Netroots for the Troops, a group of dedicated volunteers we’re honored to have with us who dedicate their time towards fundraising for, and at our conference packing hundreds of care packages for our armed forces around the globe.
It has been my honor for the past three years to serve as Chairman of the Netroots Nation Board of Directors, and to help guide our full-time staff to delivering for you an incredible experience. We will not let you down.
If you’ve joined us before, now is the time to sign up to join us in the Twin Cities in June. If you’ve never been, what’s stopping you?