The ThinkProgress crew — joined by The Wonk Room and Matt Yglesias — is spending the week in Pittsburgh, PA for the annual Netroots Nation conference. So if blogging is lighter than usual this week, just know that we’re soaking up tips on progressive messaging.
TP members will be out in full force during the conference, participating on various panels and workshops. If you’re also attending, we’d love for you to stop by, check them out, and say hello! Here are some places we’ll be:
A Warming Web: The Blogosphere and Climate Change
Thu, 08/13 – 9:00 a.m.
Global warming blogging is red hot: The Senate is debating climate change legislation. The Obama administration is pouring billions of dollars into clean energy and green jobs. Countries are maneuvering for position in this December’s crucial international climate treaty conference. And nearly every week scientists are revealing how global warming is changing the conditions of life on Earth — and how much worse conditions may become if we don’t slash our greenhouse gas pollution. At this panel, some of the top bloggers covering environmental politics and climate science will talk about what they do, how they do it, and why it’s more important now than ever before.
PANELISTS: Kate Sheppard, David Roberts, Tim Lange, Brentin Mock, Kevin Grandia, Brad Johnson, Amanda Staudt
The Pundit Project: Media Training By ThinkProgress
Thu, 08/13 – 3:00 p.m.
How do I get on TV and radio? How do I make winning arguments once I’m on the air? Learn all the tips to a successful TV/radio appearance from experienced pundits. Participants will be given on opportunity to appear on camera and receive constructive feedback on their performances.
PANELISTS: Faiz Shakir, Amanda Terkel, Nico Pitney, Jane Hamsher
Rx for Reform: Health Care Town Hall with Gov. Howard Dean
Fri, 08/14 – 9:00 a.m.
Join Gov. Howard Dean for a townhall style keynote session covering the topic of healthcare. This won’t be a one-way conversation. Gov. Dean will be answering your questions, as well as answering questions submitted in advance online. He’ll chat about obstacles and next steps. Who the leaders fighting for a public option really are and who aren’t. And what’s next in the Stand with Dr. Dean Campaign. The session will be jointly moderated by Mike Lux and Tanya Tarr.
PANELISTS: Governor Howard Dean, Mike Lux, Tanya Tarr
INTRODUCTION: Faiz Shakir
Global Solutions for Global Poverty
Fri, 08/14 – 1:30 p.m.
President Obama came to office promising “the millennium development goals will be America’s goals.” But the global economic crisis now threatens to undermine those goals. Gains in the fight against global poverty and hunger have begun to stall or even reverse. What can the Obama administration do to reinvigorate the fight against global poverty? How can advocates most effectively make the case that meeting the needs of the global poor ought to be American foreign policy goals? What policies best work for addressing global poverty?
PANELISTS: Matt Yglesias, Gayle Smith, Ray Offenheiser, Mark Leon Goldberg, Anita Sharma
Messaging Toward Unity: Moving a Progressive Agenda through Effective Storytelling
Fri, 08/14 – 3:00 p.m.
The Netroots and the progressive movement have never had a better opportunity to make inroads on a progressive policy agenda than we do in the next couple of years. But without a keen understanding of the stories and the language surrounding these fights, we will not be able to maximize the potential of the moment. Facts, figures and truths are only effective in social organizing when contextualized within compelling narratives that are packaged, disseminated at multiple levels in culture and repeated diligently. This session will look at instances where unified messages and compelling narratives have made the difference between success and failure.
PANELISTS: Ilyse Hogue, Faiz Shakir, Tara McGuinness, Karen Finney
Connecting the Netroots with Policy Idea Factories to Move the Progressive Agenda
Sat, 08/15 – 3:00 p.m.
The Netroots has established a robust network of blogs and social web outposts that now rival the influence of the traditional policy “elite.” Policy proposals and research from progressive think tanks also play a crucial role in shaping policy. Generally, think tanks have focused on influencing the traditional influentials, but the new challenge is how these policy idea factories can effectively engage and collaborate with the Netroots to more effectively advance a progressive agenda in a way that creates both broad-based and elite support for progressive policy. From blogs to the social web, these new communication channels and webs of influence can reshape the way we make policy, if we work together.
PANELISTS: Alan Rosenblatt, Matt Yglesias, Barry Kendall, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Jill Miler Zimon, Andrew Rasiej
TP founder Judd Legum will also be giving a speech on his run for the Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday, 8/13, at 8:00 p.m., before the keynote address by President Bill Clinton.