RootsCamp is likely to be unlike any conference you've ever attended. That's part of what makes it so great. It's an amazingly chill environment full of nerds and political geeks just like you who are eager to learn and to share.
Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of the experience:
- Express Yourself. RootsCamp is a space where anyone can share what he or she has learned whether leading a session or not. Don't be afraid to share what you've learned on your recent campaign or organizing gig. By sharing your skills, you'll help others become better organizers and make new friends.
- Vote with Your Feet. Admit it. Sometimes you go to a session with a snazzy title, but it doesn't turn out to be what you expected. If that's the case at RootsCamp, feel free to find another session that may be of more interest to you. Session leaders won't take offense and you'll have a better conference experience by allowing yourself to follow your interests.
- Say "Hi." At RootsCamp, there's no need to be shy. The attendees, even the more famous ones, are usually open to meeting new people, answering questions and helping out. Say "hi" to a person or group of people who seem interesting to you or that you think you can learn from. It really is that simple.
This will be my fourth RootsCamp and I'm as excited as I was the first time. Whether you are a first timer or a veteran, I hope that the three tips I shared help you have a fun and awesome RootsCamp experience.
What's your best practices for RootsCamp (or other conferences)? Share in the comments!
Michael Crawford is Digital Director at Freedom to Marry, and an NOI BootCamp alumnus