discussion circles from 2013 event

Building o
n the success of RootsCamp MA in 2013 and 2010, and annual RootsCamps in DC since 2006, a group of committed volunteers have once again gathered to organize this cross-issue progressive movement building "unconference." 

RootsCamp MA shakes up the traditional conference model. Workshop proposals are not submitted far inadvance. Instead everyone present decides an agenda each morning of the unconference. This allows participants to have meaningful and in-the-moment conversations about their work.

This is a participant-driven event. Everyone is strongly encouraged to come prepared to present a session or facilitate a dialogue. You know what you know, and you know what you are curious about. Bring that and we'll all benefit from the shared learning and relationship building. We don't mean traditional panels with PowerPoints, participants share valuable organizing lessons, brainstorm best practices and teach skills. You don't have to be an expert to suggest a session. 

to see the sessions that were accepted, 
plus lots of tweets, photos, and videos.

discussion circle from 2013 event

Who should attend? Unconferences take advantage of the fact that we all have ideas and talents to contribute, as well as things to learn. Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not have to be affiliated with an organization or active with a campaign.  
Do we really mean you? Yes. We welcome all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, experiences with activism, and professions - people born in Boston and those that just moved here. We hope you see someone like yourself and meet someone you otherwise wouldn't have. 



Join us if you want to cross-promote your events and campaigns, are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in, or you've been looking for like-minded progressives to organize with in Boston. Join us if you are ready to go beyond allies and build a cross-issue progressive movement.

RootsCamp MA 2010 attendees
Tickets are $20.   With the help of our amazing sponsors, RootsCamp MA 
organizers are committed to making this an accessible event for a diverse group of attendees. A limited number of $10 tickets are available. 
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided both days.
Children are welcome to attend. Limited discounted housing available at Hostelling International Boston for attendees from outside of metro Boston area.

Sponsorships are $500, $250 and $100 and help subsidize event expenses. Learn more about sponsorship benefits. Ready to support RootsCamp MA?
Volunteers Needed! We are organizing this 2-day event in just 10 weeks with the help of many amazing volunteers. Throughout the weekend volunteers will continue to play a significant role. Sign up to volunteer by filling out our Volunteer Registration Form and we'll match your interest and experience with the needs of the event.




Updates & Announcements

  • Still considering whether to attend RootsCamp MA this weekend? Hopefully this update will help you decide to register at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com (before 11:30pm Thursday, 4/23). Tickets sales are available at the door. (If you've ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 1:55 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • Networking & job hunting/hiring made easy... RootsCamp MA Organizing Committee members will be sure to welcome you, plus we'll have "I'm Looking For" and "Ask Me About" tags so you can jump right into ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 1:20 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • Need presenters for these "wish list" topics... (2015) This is the wish list of topics - are you knowledgable? Step up and present a session!Progressive lobbyingArts organizing and managementBeing all inclusive/affirming diversityHow to organize ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 1:10 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • Possible Topics? What's been suggested in 2015? We asked registrants what session they might present - below are their answers. RootsCamp MA is participant driven and we encourage everyone to come prepared to present on a topic, facilitate ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 12:51 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • Over 2 Dozen Sponsors and Partners (and counting...)! We really couldn't have pulled this grassroots "unconference" in just 10 weeks without the support of our many sponsors and partners, and of course the generosity of our host ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 9:07 AM by Robbie Samuels
  • What would community organizers gain from RootsCamp? Get networked, build support, gain some new skills, and improve your strategy:1. By meeting with a broad group of progressives who can support your work locally, you can discuss ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:46 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • FAQ: Vegan food and other access needs? When you register at www.rootscampma15.eventbrite.com, there is a question about access needs. That is where you can let us know about specific food restrictions, childcare, translation or ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:43 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • Networking & job hunting/hiring made easy... RootsCamp MA Organizing Committee members will be sure to welcome you, plus we'll have "I'm Looking For" and "Ask Me About" tags so you can jump right into ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:39 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • Who Should Present? Should YOU? If you have an expertise to share, are willing to facilitate a dialogue, or bring folks together to brainstorm best practices - then you should suggest a session. Some of you ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2015, 5:23 PM by Robbie Samuels
  • Who Should Attend RootsCamp MA? Any progressive or community organizer or activist from across Massachusetts who has lessons to share, more to learn, or campaigns and projects to move forward.  If you work on an ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:58 AM by Robbie Samuels
  • Our host venue We are extremely grateful that 1199SEIU has agreed to host RootsCamp MA. This is the third time they've hosted and the space is a perfect gathering place for movement ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:55 AM by Robbie Samuels
  • What would community organizers gain from RootsCamp? Get networked, build support, gain some new skills, and improve your strategy:1. By meeting with broader progressives who can support your work locally, you can discuss the strategy you ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:50 AM by Robbie Samuels
  • Interested in Facilitating a Session? Here are some tips:Try to answer one or more of these questions/prompts:I would really like to know.....How do I do/build/create ….?..How did that campaign ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:49 AM by Robbie Samuels
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