It was early June when I received an unexpected email with an invitation to attend Netroots Nation 2019 in July. It is an annual conference for progressives across the country to come together for 3 days to attend training sessions, hear from keynote speakers, and network with others from across the county to enhance their activist skills.
An organization I volunteer for reached out to 7 volunteers to ask if we would like to attend the conference. Three of us primarily volunteer online, serving as team leads for the organization's texting, calling, and help desk teams. Each of the four remaining volunteers came from one of the four early primary states, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, and South Carolina.
I didn't need to think for too long before I said YES!
This years conference was held in Philadelphia, July 11-13. Sessions ran from 9 am though early evening each day. There were many to choose from, including panel discussions, trainings, keynotes, special featured content, a progressive film screening series, and plenty of networking opportunities. I usually managed to narrow down the sessions for a time slot to 2 or 3, sometimes waffling on which I would attend before making a final decision. Luckily there was a Netroots Nation mobile app that made it easy to identify sessions - much better than carrying around extra paper.
I'm actually surprised I didn't feel overwhelmed by the conference. I tend to be better in small groups and the total attendees across the 3 days of Netroots Nation was 3800 people.
I walked away from the conference feeling energized, knowing that there are like-minded people working to improve conditions in our country.
There is a thought in the back of my mind that I am interested in attending Netroots Nation 2020, scheduled for August 13-15 2020, in Denver.
Did anyone else attend this year's Netroots Nation?