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You probably saw Marcos' diary this morning stating Daily Koss will not be attanding NN 2015 in Arizonia. This is my sixth year attending Netroots Nation. In the first several years that I attended often there were two (or more) topics I found intensely interesting going on simultaneously during many of the time slots. So much so that I wished I could be in two or three places at once.

This year and last I've struggled to find topics I'm very interested in. I've shared my impression with a few other Kossacks including Meteor Blades and Tex-Mex who share my perception. Others disagree vehemently. There are more jargon filled sessions aimed at technocrats, to fine tune their targeting or outreach techniques. I've also heard of worthy topics being rejected despite being submitted year after year.  

If you attended a couple of Netroots Nations please share your impressions of the quality of the sessions being selected.


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  •  Still glad I attended more for what happenes (23+ / 0-)

    outside the sessions interacting with my thoughtful and stimulating folks who attends Netroots Nations.

    "The Democrats and the Republicans are equally corrupt where money is concerned. It's only in the amount where the Republicans excel." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 11:53:03 AM PDT

  •  NN15 should be used as a tool to look at (3+ / 0-)
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    Immigration Law and increasing Dem turnout in red and purple States.

    It's the perfect opportunity.

  •  Perigrine Kate had proposed a panel addressing (10+ / 0-)

    Great Lakes water quality issues (i.e. Lake Erie nutrient and algae impairment, getting submerged pipelines out of the Great Lakes, agriculture impairment of water quality, Great Lakes restoration issues, Asian Carp, Great Lakes water diversion and public trust management, etc. etc.), but NN14 was not interested in the proposal.

    •  NN 2014 only had 3 sessions on Environmental (9+ / 0-)

      Topics.  A paltry offering IMHO, and Meteor Blades agrees.

      "The Democrats and the Republicans are equally corrupt where money is concerned. It's only in the amount where the Republicans excel." ~ Will Rogers

      by Lefty Coaster on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 12:51:57 PM PDT

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      •  the enviro panels submitted this year (4+ / 0-)

        were of far lower quality than the last few years. Some were flat re-runs of last year's panels. The NN folk, and I, are disappointed by the blinding whiteness of the enviro panels.

        I preferred the 48217 panel to the Great Lakes panel simply because NN needed an enviro justice panel.

        This year I'm trying to get outside the climate bubble and instead go to more trainings.

        •  You said: (3+ / 0-)
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          "The NN folk, and I, are disappointed by the blinding whiteness of the enviro panels.

          I preferred the 48217 panel to the Great Lakes panel simply because NN needed an enviro justice panel."

          What does "blinding whiteness" have to do with Great Lakes policy, science and natural resource management, as well as environmental/energy governance for progressive Democrats?  

          Absolutely nothing.

        •  It does not sound like the NN14 (1+ / 0-)
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          decisionmakers doing the picking and choosing among proposals were either from the Great Lakes region, were expert on energy, environment and natural resources or had important priority environmental policy and Democratic governance criteria for making their decisions.

          •  Here's an example of a panel that would have (1+ / 0-)
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            electrified environmental concern at NN14 and in Michigan.

            You could have had an entire panel on the whole matter hydrocarbon transportation in the Great Lakes and its consequences.   You could have had the best/brightest from NWF showcasing this entire, important Great Lakes issue.....addressing proposed expanded crude oil shipping on the Great Lakes and the problem of getting submerged hydrocarbon pipelines in the Great Lakes.

            Why is this important for Democrats?

            Because Mark Schauer is running on the platform that we should get submerged pipelines out of the Great Lakes and connecting watercourses.

            You could have used such a panel to connect the dots for the public between Schauer's candidacy, the fundamental issue and the Great Lakes as political iconography.

            NN leaders/managers have to think in a strategic and tactical manner to support the prime directive, which is --- more and better Democrats as officeholders, the public voting for them, and progressive Democrat's engaging in governance.

            The other thing to think about is changing how you organize and structure panels to make attendees work and participate instead of just consuming.....that trains the brain for the 'complainer to worker' transition and the 'worker to leader' transition.

            The march over water shutoffs at NN14 was an excellent example of a mass conference involvement and training the brain to work rather than just to consume.  

      •  They've been generally weak (7+ / 0-)

        ... on key issues in the local conference region. They've consistently given the cold shoulder to Native issues, too.

        Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

        by Land of Enchantment on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 01:59:27 PM PDT

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      •  that's a pity /nt (0+ / 0-)

        We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

        by mimi on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 04:19:59 PM PDT

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    •  There seems to be some blindness to the importance (7+ / 0-)

      of the Great Lakes states and an issue like this is important to voters in Minnesota.  If you want to talk environment and climate here, there's no better way than to talk about its impact on fresh water lakes because Republicans are just as committed to the quality of our lakes as Democrats.  Fresh water is obviously going to be a topic of growing importance and voters here are also worried about the water being diverted south and west.

  •  Didn't go last year or this year (11+ / 0-)

    Hard to say. Though really, the first two were the coolest, while it was still Yearly Kos. First year 2006, I watched a few panels on C-SPAN, of which I best remember Hunter on a meta panel.

    2007 Chicago, it was absolutely amazing, though I don't remember much about the panels and topics, just meeting everyone. I did go to the Obama breakout session after the Democratic Presidential debate/forum, and had a nice chat with Juan Cole.

    2008 Austin, I ran a panel, and had some good time getting acquainted with Ben Ray Lujan. He was a candidate then, but shoo-in for Congress, and I really liked how he interacted with people, especially at the Hispanic caucus - a natural! I didn't like the heat. I did have a nice birthday with exmearden & occams hatchet.

    2009 Pittsburgh - enjoyed meeting Zwoof and Denise Oliver Velez. Liked giving the sidepockets (& others) some apples from my orchard. The scale of the town and the welcome was second only to Providence. Valerie Jared headlined at a plenary session. It was awful. I walked out.

    2010 Las Vegas, Tom Udall on filibuster reform was very good; it was wonderful to have some time with exmearden. I hated the heat. First exposure to Elizabeth Warren, who was excellent on mortgage & banking issues.

    2011 Minneapolis: it was a rough period on DK meta-wise. I liked the skywalks around the city, and enjoyed meeting shanikka. I think that was the one with some good immigration panels with Markos & Rep. Luis Guttierrez. Lt. Dan Choi was awesome at his panel, arriving early and greeting everyone personally.

    2012 Providence - the town was great. The best!! I loved the bonfires on the river, and Sheldon Whitehouse was a fabulous host. A Breitbart wannabe was disruptive at the Native American Caucus. Enjoyed meeting a gilas girl. It was the first year Hobbs could walk, thanks to ObamaCare hip replacements, which made a huge difference.

    Missed 2013 San Jose last year and 2014 Detroit this year. Was at a wedding in Iceland last year, and there were various less interesting obligations & vicissitudes this year.

    No idea what I'll do about Arizona next year, but it won't be the same without DK participation. It would also be weird combining NN with some kind of visit with my various wingnut relations there. And I would definitely HATE the heat.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 01:57:17 PM PDT

  •  kos mentioned in a comment in his diary that (13+ / 0-)

    Dkos is working on regional conferences for 2015. It would seem that regional issues of direct concern to participants would fare better under that type of conference.

    OTH, personally I am sorry that I won't have the opportunity to attend a meeting of Kossacks from all over the country.  

  •  Perhaps the panel topics (7+ / 0-)

    become repetitious after many years, but I find that I attend fewer and spend more time hanging out with dear Kossacks whom I only get to see once a year. I will miss them, and hope to see them in 2016.

    I did really like the redistricting panel this year, with four  smart people including the very impressive Stacey Abrams.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 02:20:25 PM PDT

  •  Too many nitty gritty or silly (8+ / 0-)

    Panels was an issue.  I found several very informative, but many delved into issues that I knew not very many could actually utilize in a real world basis.  

    I appreciated master lasses, but didn't do them because frankly state spending committees determine if my candidates have access, and I'm not a field trainer. (I know vote builder , could learn more, but if a state level candidate can't get...)

    I worked to try and lure more people to our Kansas/Missouri caucus... A caucus that I had to pay for out of my own pocket to create (which added 2k to my Netroots spend) our 'presenter' was from Michigan and then no showed on us.  All the better, I took that meeting over.  

    But I realized that we have to have a much more granular approach to this.  

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
    >Follow @tmservo433

    by Chris Reeves on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 02:29:12 PM PDT

  •  I would have liked to see a panel on (10+ / 0-)

    the power of the Religious Left.

    Sadly, there was nothing about religion at all. Nothing about the insane power of the Religious Right. Nothing about the power of religion as it affects Supreme Court decisions.

    Nothing about religion at all, which is sad and I'm an atheist.

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    by pucklady on Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 03:51:08 PM PDT

  •  I felt the same way. (2+ / 0-)
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    susans, Lefty Coaster

    I still come to meet fellow kossacks and meet new people. Great meeting you today.

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