Organizing 2.0 Conference 2018, April 13-14

Organizing 2.0 is just around the corner on April 13-14! We are returning once again to The Murphy Institute where we had our first ever conference in 2009. We’ll be bringing together the labor and organizing world’s most enthusiastic trainers in organizing, digital strategy, social media, grassroots fundraising and advocacy.

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Our 10th Organizing 2.0 conference brings organizers together for workshops, trainings, discussions, consulting and networking, visionary speakers, and thoughtful debates about our strategies and practices.

Over two days in Manhattan hundreds of people will come together to learn from each other, share stories and build our skills, organizations and movements.

Featured trainings will include

  • Trainings at all levels on Facebook, Twitter, and Web Analytics

  • Choosing and using organizing databases and email platforms

  • Writing emails
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  • Making GIFs & Memes (both the how and the why)

  • Producing videos and livestreams

  • Member organizing and recruitment online

  • And much more!

 (We are still accepting ideas for speakers and workshops – let us know what you need and/or what you can offer.) CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT SUGGESTIONS!!!

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We encourage everyone to join us for lunch on both days. This year’s conference is brought to you by our partners:  The Murphy Institute for Worker Education (CUNY)New York State AFL-CIONew York City Central Labor Council, and the New York Civic Engagement Table. Dozens of other organizations, sponsors, volunteers and donors will be announced in the coming days.

The conference will be held at the The Murphy Institute, 25 West 43rd St. Conference is wheelchair accessible.

See You There!

*We will not be offering childcare services this year as they have not been utilized in the past.

 

Public Narrative Training

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We all have a story to tell, and in organizing, that story will influence your work from start to finish.

This training will include:

  • In depth workshop for developing your own story of self, including coaching on how to improve it and adjust it over time
  • Frameworks for how to incorporate your story into your organizing work
  • How to share your story of self both offline and online

Click here to register for this training hosted by Becker Digital Strategies and Organizing 2.0

 

Changes at the New Organizing Institute

Last month saw some big news come out of the New Organizing Institute, a major piece of movement infrastructure:

Eight senior staffers at the New Organizing Institute resigned after calling for the firing of President Obama’s 2012 data director. They took much of the rest of the staff with them.

As many of our supporters and past attendees know, Organizing 2.0 has had a close relationship with NOI from the beginning. Our founders attended early trainings for digital organizers at NOI. I was a trainer at a number of trainings. And our annual training conference in New York came about because NOI had never organized a training in New York and had stopped offering any trainings outside of Washington DC. In 2010 we held the local Rootscamp for our state as part of Organizing 2.0, and many of our trainers have also been trained at taught at NOI events.

So this matters. But first, what happened?

The entire senior staff of NOI wrote a letter demanding that the Board of Directors fire Executive Director Ethan Roeder. In the end however, they chose to resign when that demand was not accepted. A number of staffers protested and were fired, or left of their own accord in response. An additional number were laid off because of planned reductions in staff due to budget problems. By the end of the day, only 4 staff were left out of 21.

Since then, the community of progressive digital organizer community has been having two concurrent conversations. The first, to show love and support to the fired staffers by raising money to help them get by financially and help everyone get another job. The second, to help ensure the survival of NOI by raising $76,000 as fast as possible.

When NOI was founded, Netroots Nation was still called YearlyKos. Being a ‘digital director’ was barely a thing. Jobs, skills and talent were very concentrated in the Beltway. Today in contrast, the infrastructure for training is quite fast. Many cities have ongoing classes and trainings in coding, data, graphic design, social media and more, sometimes aimed explicitly at the nonprofit or progressive community. Digital trainings take place every year run by the PCCC, Netroots Nation, Organizing 2.0 and others. Consulting firms, issue verticals, trainings for specific constituencies, trainings offered by unions, capacity building entities and so on run unabated. Beyond that there’s a lot of crossover, where events organizing for one group (nonprofits, fundraisers) include the same kind of training sessions that would fit in an event designed specifically for progressive online organizing.

NOI is going to continue to offer trainings and being an important part of the our progressive infrastructure. And they will continue to operate in a crowded environment where many organizations and vendors have offerings that compete. We propose that going forward, the movement pause and consider a couple questions designed to help us evolve even further:

Who isn’t getting the training they need, at a price they can afford? Local campaign staff and candidates, staff at union locals labor organizations not based in DC, community organizing groups that aren’t part of national networks, grassroots groups that aren’t getting funding from the main backers of community organizing and progressive causes, staff working in local government, and the list goes on and on. In particular, we need training that isn’t restricted – that allows nontraditional attendees to show up and learn digital organizing skills.

Following the dictum that the medium is the message, how can we push harder to change our institutions in line with the logic of the internet? Networking organizing, distributed organizations, flat management, horizontal decision making, rapidly scaling movements and peer based knowledge networks ALL have implications that haven’t quite worked their way through our political and organizational landscape. And in some ways, the traditional training entities haven’t tried very hard to pose that challenge.

What are your questions?

Digital Boots Online: The Conference!

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The next Organizing 2.0 training conference has a date: June 6+7. And we’re proud to be returning to the site of our first conference ever, way back in 2009: The Murphy Institute. Once again, we’ll be bringing together the labor and organizing world’s most enthusiastic trainers in organizing, digital strategy, social media, grassroots fundraising and advocacy.

Register today

The Organizing 2.0 Conference (our 5th!) brings organizers together for workshops, trainings, discussions, consulting and networking, visionary speakers, and thoughtful debates about our strategies and practices.

Over two days in Manhattan hundreds of people will come together to learn from each other, share stories and build our skills, organizations and movements.

Featured tracks include online to offline organizing, digital strategy on a budget, member engagement and grassroots fundraising. (We’re still accepting ideas for speakers and workshops – let us know what you need and/or what you can offer.)

Register today

The cost is $100 for the two full-days. Scholarships are available. This year’s conference is brought to you by our partners:  The Murphy Institute for Worker Education (CUNY), New York State AFL-CIO, New York City Central Labor Council, and the New York Civic Engagement Table. Dozens of other organizations, sponsors, volunteers and donors will be announced in the coming days.

The conference will be held at the The Murphy Institute, 25 West 43rd St. Conference is wheelchair accessible.

For sponsorships, group registration and all other inquiries, reply to this email or contact conference@organizing20.org / 202-460-5199.

Not ready to register? RSVP on our Facebook event page and help spread the word. Thank you!