What is RootsCamp?

March 15, 2016
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In November, Wellstone will be hosting RootsCamp -- an annual gathering of progressive organizers from across issues and around the country who learn, celebrate, and grow together.

RootsCamp isn’t your everyday gathering; it’s an unconference. Instead of pre-set powerpoints and expert panels, participants design sessions and decide the program. The idea is to bring together progressives of all stripes as equals, and have an honest exchange of ideas. When we learn from one another, we take away new ideas, make new connections, and strengthen our work.

In the past, participants have come from all over the country, and even around the globe. Data geeks from the biggest national campaigns trade lessons learned with field innovators from school board races in Pittsburgh. Or climate change organizers from Switzerland share best practices with marriage equality advocates from Maine. It's all there and the more people we have, the more ideas will get turned into world-changing campaigns!

RootsCamp is also a rare opportunity for D.C. insiders to interact directly with people fighting on the front lines, and a unique space to begin an honest discussion about what worked, what didn’t, and how we grow stronger together.

"What's my Role?"

Your perspective is unique. Whether you develop and lead a session, or simply participate in the conversation, we hope you’ll come and share your experiences, knowledge and skills. You won’t just be networking and attending discussions: you’ll be helping define our work over the coming years by sharing the lessons you learned this year.

Please consider joining us November 18-20 at RootsCamp!


Wellstone Action wants to make attending RootsCamp possible for everyone in our movement. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships (from free admission up to $300 in travel reimbursement) for folks who need financial assistance in order to attend. CLICK HERE to apply for a RootsCamp scholarship.

If you'd like to learn more about how you can sponsor this event or volunteer to help out in any capacity, please contact Jamie McGonnigal at jamie@wellstone.org