As you’ve been registering online for Netroots UK 2012 in London on 30 June, many of you have been telling us more about what you’d like to see on the day. Here’s a sample of the feedback we’ve been getting in so far. Does it match with what you want from the event?
From the easily pleased:
- Last year was very good – similar approach updated
To more practical digital skills:
- Practical website building sessions
- Free accessible web/social media tools for campaigns with no money
- Loads of in depth practical sessions on things i don’t know about already and some debate about how we can push forward campaigning online within the trade union movement.
…with a special focus on local groups and campaigns:
- To find out about getting our local party actively campaigning on the web.
- Much more on how local organisations political parties and campaigns use social media rather than just a focus on individuals and national bodies
- Advice and guidance on starting and maintaining effective local advocacy/ activist groups.
Campaigning skills and experience sharing:
- Good cases of campaigns won – small or big
- Campaigning on an international scale
- I’d like to hear how people have translated online campaigns into real action offline by motivated and engaged people.
- A focus on campaigning for transformational change
Using digital to build a larger and more inclusive progressive movement:
- Interested in how trade unions can use technology to reach out to hard-to-organise workers.
- Better connections between this sort of issue activism and the existing democratic structures we already have.
- A pro-feminist outlook throughout the day.
- Do we have an idea how to engage young people successfully? The vicious critique of the KONY2012 campaign showed how little we understand this new generation.
- Want to see how the online progressive community can work together in solidarity. And if it’s possible.
- Broad digital collaborative working and agile innovation!
A discussion of the changing environment for UK progressives:
- I’d love to see some discussion of where progressive media stands in the UK.
- How progressive activism is shifting to adapt to social developments
…and ways take the fight to the government more broadly:
- Ideas about how analyses and actions on the Coalition’s cuts and privatisation strategy can be more widely and deeply shared
- I’d like to develop and discuss ideas of how to organise and conduct activism against austerity.
- How web tools can be used for non-party aligned blocks of people to help unseat the most unprogressive MPs and win seats for more progressive candidates.
And of course:
- Ideas conversations and inspiration
- A chance to network and get inspired
We think we can tick a bunch of those already, and will get working on the others! But we want to hear from even more of you. What would make a more useful day for you and your own take on progressive activism?
Add a comment here, or tell us your thoughts when you register online (which you can do here!). And if you’ve an idea for a specific feature or session we could run on the day, send it to us through our submissions form.