Life Outside the Internship — RootsCamp

Now even though this blog is technically just about interning, I’ve got a feeling they won’t mind me giving you a few tips for outside the internship as well. In this case, I just wanted to mention my participation in the New Organizing Institute’s RootsCamp here in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.

The “camp” was actually an “unconference.” An unconference is sort of a new style of conference, one in which the participants completely control the agenda of the weekend. Basically, the hosting organization sets up a space, basic time schedule and arranges food, ticketing, etc. Then, when participants arrive, they are given a blank card to create their own seminar-style session, which then fits in on the giant “grid” of sessions for the conference.

Surprisingly, it usually goes far more smoothly than real conferences. Anyway, RootsCamp was a conference for organizers of advocacy campaigns, social justice campaigns, and progressive political campaigns to get together and learn from each other. Sessions were wide-ranging: some focused on communications tools and strategies, like social media, while others focused on specific policy areas, specific organizations, or even just a current event or person in the news.

But my point is… take opportunities like this! Get involved in your community, whether it’s here in Washington, D.C. or a small town in Kentucky. There are always people to learn from, and events like RootsCamp make for an incredible chance to do so, as well as network! For more information check out my post on my personal blog about the camp, and check out my entire gallery of photos from RootsCamp by clicking on the photo below!

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