Professional-led Sound Bath Meditation

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

Meet in the atrium at the start time. Please bring your own yoga mats, as a small number of provided mats will be available for guests.

Breakfast

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

General Session: AI and Advocacy: Building a Framework for Responsible Practice

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

Navigating responsible use of AI within the advocacy space feels like venturing into uncharted territory. There's no current framework for how advocacy practitioners can use AI responsibly, so let's make one! Geoff Livingston, principal analyst and founder of CognitivePath, and Alex Dickinson, managing partner at Beekeeper Group, will guide attendees through a framework planning session […]

Industry Topic Roundtable Discussions

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

Achieving your Grassroots/PAC Goals when Working with Other Internal Teams 7 Performance Marketing Tests From Political Playbooks You Should Steal Pre and Post Election Advocacy Lesser Known, High Impact Publications and Other Shifts in News Media Building a Bench: Identifying the Next Generation of Leaders Grassroots on the State Level – It’s Soooo Different Do […]

Deep Dive Breakout 1: With a Little Help from My Friends: Effectively Using External Coalitions and Internal Teams

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

To complete your surround sound advocacy experience, you will need to coordinate across departments and utilize outside industry coalitions. How do we navigate different personalities, priorities, and expertise when working with internal and external teams? How can we identify and connect with potential allies, build strong relationships, and leverage the power of collective action? What […]

Deep Dive Breakout 2: Navigating the Choppy Waters of AI

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

By now, most of us have likely dabbled in using AI tools, but navigating practical ways to incorporate AI into our work can be intimidating. How have practitioners started responsibly utilizing AI at our workplaces and for advocacy campaigns? What are some ways that we've seen AI impact our communication and relationships with lawmakers and […]

Deep Dive Breakout 3: At the Drive-In: Planning In-District Meetings and State Advocacy Days

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

In-district meetings and state advocacy days are a cost-conscious way to grow advocates into leaders. Learn key takeaways on developing successful state and in-district meetings, tips on how to make in-state programming engaging and successful, and what key metrics to gather. This session will also cover building In-district meetings into your overall advocacy program.

Lunchtime Speaker: Amplifying the Mission in Unexpected Ways: How Street Sense Media Lifts Up the Voices of Unhoused People in DC

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

Surprising forms of advocacy emerge when we center those with lived experience. Hear the story of 'Street Sense', the famous D.C. newspaper providing low-barrier employment to the unhoused while amplifying their voices. Built from the blueprint of the street paper movement, it started with the radical idea to flatten the distance between provider and client […]

Deep Dive Breakout 1: Using Video for Empathetic Storytelling

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

How can we use video to show the challenges our advocates and members face in the real world? What techniques can we use to emotionally resonant stories with integrity with our advocates? How do we, as practitioners, make sure we're capturing the right messages - and once we have the videos, how do we make […]

Deep Dive Breakout 2: Mic Check: Advocates Engaging with the Media

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

Learn how to prepare advocates (and yourself!) to deliver your message effectively in front of a camera. We will talk through experiences of improvised interviews, how to build effective talking points, and what to keep in mind when preparing statements. Media is not just engagement with the press anymore - how can we talk about […]

Deep Dive Breakout 3: Turning Thought Leaders into Advocates and Advocates into Thought Leaders

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

Thought leaders are the original influencers. How can you turn industry experts and organization leaders into powerful ambassadors for advocacy? And how can we help advocacy champions harness their engagement with lawmakers and their peers to emerge as thought leaders themselves? What are ways to use LinkedIn and other social platforms for thought leadership?

Crab Feast Dinner

2024 Buzz Advocacy Summit

Meet back at the Governor Calvert House Atrium for the Crab Feast reception and dinner!