December 11-12, 2020 • Online

Let’s debrief the 2020 election season

Rootscamp brings together a coalition of leaders in the Democratic and Progressive political, electoral, advocacy and governing space to debrief and use 2020 hindsight to dissect what we all just experienced with an eye to moving forward together and plotting what comes next. There will be workshops, trainings, panel discussions, consulting and networking opportunities, visionary speakers, an organization expo, and a provocative debate around strategy and practices.

Our goal is to provide an open and transparent place for conversation around what happened on the 2020 campaign, how we move forward in 2021, 2022, and beyond, and to build community for the amazing people who did the hard work on campaigns to help gain power and support them as they develop their activism and careers.

Rootscamp 2020 includes segmented programs which individual participants can move back and forth seamlessly between each from the comfort of your home or wherever you may be.

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Movement Ticket

Employed and looking to connect? This ticket covers the full value of the event.


Jobseeker Ticket

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The Program

On both days: the first session will begin at 10am, and the last session will end at 8pm, Eastern Time. We will be on site starting at 9am, to welcome people, run an orientation, and spend some time talking about the rest of the day.

The schedule that will appear soon in this section will show a partially filled out day. Some sessions, and our plenaries, will show up in particular time slots. The missing pieces – unconference sessions not yet approved or voted on – will show up bit by bit until late Friday night.

Unconference style programming: The rootscamp “unconference” model allows organizers to meet and debrief in a way that promotes shared learning and engagement. Participants are the presenters! Participants not only take away lessons to apply to their own work, they establish lasting new partnerships with organizers from all over the nation. Submit a session proposal here.

Career Panels: Sessions are designed to help campaign talent navigate a post-election world. The panels will highlight the breadth of the progressive movement, the skills you need to hone, the sectors you can work in, and the movements and issue areas to work in next. Hear and learn from leaders about their career journey and get advice on how and where to seek out new opportunities to succeed in your career. Individual sessions will be on skills, sectors and movements.

Skills Training: In coordination with some of the leading trainers in our space today, we’re offering pre-planned sessions in field organizing, fundraising, digital tools and more. Thank you to The Center for Digital Strategy, New Media Mentors, Re:Power for helping us craft this portion of the event.

Political Marketplace, Organizational Expo, Hiring Hall: Our platform has a virtual setting where organizations can market their programs, products, and services, along with any jobs they have available. One-to-One Networking: Participants can  directly connect with other participants, organizations, firms, and panelists through chat tools, , Zoom, and direct scheduling, helping strengthen the movement while we are all stuck at home.


The unconference model that we use for many sessions requests participants to submit session proposals. Many of those will be offered to the community for voting. Others will be pre-approved by our team in advance. We are especially interested in session ideas from people who aren’t regular trainers and presenters. We do pay attention to the demographics of session proposals and speakers. Have questions? We encourage you to fill out the submission form first, and ask questions in response to our automated email confirmation.

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Each of the lead organizations has a deep history and extensive experience with large scale conferences, training, leadership programs, and professional development. We’re thrilled to be bringing this all together for this unique virtual experience. Below is a bit more information about these organizations. 

Since 2006 rootscamps has been an annual “unconference” where organizers set the agenda, share lessons learned and drive the conversation about best practices in organizing. Rather than panels and powerpoints, people hold real live conversations about valuable organizing lessons for online and offline as developed by the organizers themselves.

We’re continuing the New Organizing Institute’s “unconference” model of rootscamp because it allows organizers to meet and debrief in a way that promotes shared learning and engagement. Instead of the traditional panel discussion, participants are the presenters! Participants not only take away lessons to apply to their own work, they establish lasting new partnerships with organizers from all over the nation.

GAIN POWER – formerly Democratic GAIN hosted post election career fairs, trainings and more since 2003. We support talent rolling off one campaign cycle ready to engage and work on the next – be that on a candidate campaign, ballot measure campaign, independent expenditure or advocacy campaign, consulting firm, or other place in our movement. GAIN POWER maintains the largest job resources for the Democratic & Progressive community 

Organizing 2.0 brings together hundreds of leaders, organizers, fundraisers, techies and activists to share our collective wisdom, skills, and talents.

New Media Mentors is a hands-on online learning program that helps progressive organizations build their power and win campaigns. We offer a year-round Digital Academy of live webinars in digital organizing, online communications skills and using narrative and culture in organizing. 

Re:Power is a team of organizers, strategists, and technologists dedicated to building transformative political power. Their work is tied to the belief that by partnering with individuals, organizations, and coalitions across the country, we can uncover leaders within communities to create radical change.


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