Posted by on December 8, 2008

What is RootsCampPhiladelphia?

RootsCamps are participant driven events or forums, using the “unconference” or “open space” format that is born from the desire for activists, organizers, leaders and politicians in the progressive sphere to share and learn in a productive, fast-paced, open environment.

Think of it as a cross between an election debrief and grassroots organizing skills share. The progressive community — everyone from the “netroots” to precinct captains to field organizers to national message consultants — come together to share successes, failures, impart old wisdom and new discoveries.

RootsCamp is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. There are NO SPECTATORS. This open format never fails to yield an astounding exchange of information, spin-off projects, and cross-pollination among unexpected partners.

Find out more about RootsCampPhiladelphia at

When is RootsCampPhiladelphia?
RootsCamp will be held on January 31, 2009 in Plymouth Meeting. Watch the wiki site for updates.

Who should come to RootsCamp?
RootsCamp will be for anyone who played a role in the 2008 elections and/or working in progressive politics. As fellow organizers, we’ll be meeting each other, reuniting with team members, discussing the innovations and challenges from this cycle, and most importantly, celebrating!

RootsCamp 2009 will bring together the best and brightest organizers that were engaged in 2008 campaigns, including staff and volunteers from:

Presidential Campaigns
Down ballot races
Non-partisan GOTV and voter registration operations
Online organizations
Advocacy organizations
Tech support
Blogs and other media
Media, message, polling and targeting consultants

At RootsCamp, you will:

·         Share stories and knowledge with each other from all over Pennsylvania, especially the eastern part of the state.

·         Teach others from the progressive movement what you did and how you did it. Brainstorm ways that the methods you practiced can be exported to unions, advocacy organizations and community organizations.

·         Strategize about how to help progressive institutions to sustain what you’ve started.

To find out more about RootsCampPhiladelphia or to register, go to:

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