August 2-5, Duluth, MN
Keynote Speaker Senator Al Franken
The 2009 Progressive Roundtable will convene leaders from across theprogressive movement to address how idea generators can work with local- and state-based community organizers and grassroots activists to build more integrated and effective processes for achieving progressive change. Since 2006, the Commonweal Institute has hosted Progressive Roundtable convenings that build and strengthen key components of progressive infrastructure (e.g., marketing and communications, local coalition building).
The 2009 Roundtable promises to foster a policy development process that is more responsive to the needs of movement actors, and more integrated with state and local practices for building political power. The summit will achieve these goals by identifying common strategies for progressive movement building, defining innovative and effective practices for coordination between idea generators and movement actors in effecting policy change, and establishing ongoing mechanisms for developing and refining those relationships. The ultimate benefit will be more effective policy advocacy processes at state and local levels, which will propel the continued momentum of the progressive movement.