Research + Experimentation 9 Convening

Time: Tuesday, May 18 to Thursday, May 20
Each day runs from 12pm-5pm ET/9am-2pm PT with additional keynote sessions and social events each evening

Note: Attendance is restricted to members of the Climate Advocacy Lab community. If you or a colleague are not a Lab member but would like to attend this convening, please register for the convening and then apply for membership.

Climate Advocacy Lab’s Research + Experimentation 9 Convening
Register here!

Image credit: Shane Lukas

If you're unfamiliar with R+Es, we convene them to...

  • Share what we as a community are learning (public opinion research, all types of messaging tests, randomized controlled experiments, case studies, etc.)
  • Dig into how research might help answer some of the big questions facing our movement
  • Continue to deepen relationships and trust, especially as we seek to make the space more inclusive
  • Grow this community of practice together around values of discovery, collaboration, justice, and joyfulness

In other words, register to learn how we can engage the public on climate change more effectively, more efficiently, at scale, and through deeper relationships with movement partners and future collaborators. So join us for three days of learning, conversations, and community-building that will recharge your spirits and inspire you to up your climate engagement game!


Agenda (updated as panelists are confirmed)

All times in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4:00)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

12:00pm-12:30pm: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations, Day 1 plan

12:30pm-1:30pm: Panel 1 – State of the climate movement 2021

  • Danielle Deiseroth, Data for Progress
  • Marouh Hussein, The New School, and Jihan Gearon, advisor to Environmental Justice Movement Fellowship. "Environmental Justice is Non-negotiable"
  • Matto Mildenberger, University of California, Santa Barbara. "How economists and policymakers began to take politics and social movements seriously in climate policy debates"

1:30pm-2:30pm: Panel 2 – 2020 election debrief

  • Brionté McCorkle, Georgia Conservation Voters
  • Tiffany Hartung, Interfaith Power & Light, and Parrish Bergquist, Georgetown University. "Mobilizing and Engaging Faith Voters: The Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign"
  • Natalie Carey, Potential Energy Coalition. "Vote Like a Madre: Amplifying the Political Power of Latina Moms"

2:30pm-3:00pm: BREAK

3:00pm-4:30pm: Discussion groups

4:30pm-5:00pm: Day 1 wrap-up and closing

7:00pm-8:30pm: Keynote session

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

12:00pm-12:30pm: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations, Day 2 plan

12:30pm-1:30pm: Panel 3 – Communications and narrative strategy

  • Ashley Fairbanks, 100% Minnesota
  • Margaret Kwateng, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

1:30pm-2:30pm: Panel 4 – Advances in digital and social media advocacy

  • Yash Mori, Digital Climate Coalition
  • Cat Stern, Lockwood Strategy. "Using Microinfluencers to turn voters of color out to vote"

2:30pm-3:00pm: BREAK

3:00pm-4:00pm: Panel 5 – The environmental justice-labor-climate nexus

  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Lisa Abbott, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. "Our time to thrive: building alignment among labor and climate justice organizations in Kentucky"
  • Dave Campbell, United Steelworkers Local 675

4:00pm-5:00pm: Panel 6 – Data tools for organizing

  • Shelby Green, Climate Cabinet. "Using local data to build power for environmental justice"
  • Caroline Spears, Climate Cabinet. "Combining data & policy to create state-specific climate organizing tools"
  • Brittany Bennett, Sunrise Movement. "How to Measure a Movement"

8:00pm-9:30pm: Virtual happy hour

Thursday, May 20, 2021

12:00pm-12:30pm: Welcome, Introductions, Expectations, Day 3 plan

12:30pm-1:30pm: Panel 7 – Policymaker contact

  • Hilda Nucete, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
  • Geoff Henderson, University of California, Santa Barbara. "Conducting the Heavenly Chorus: Constituent Contact and Provoked Petitioning in Congress"

1:30pm-2:30pm: Panel 8 – Organizational operations and engagement

  • Vicki Kaplan, Dayenu. "Chutzpah 2020: How a new Jewish climate group used music, joy, and spirit to build community, quadruple campaign goals, and develop leaders beyond the 2020 election"
  • Ari Trujillo-Wesler, Sierra Club. "What do we mean by base: Facilitating org identity by measuring power"
  • Montana Burgess, West Kootenays EcoSociety. "Deep Canvassing to build support for climate action in a heavy-industry company town"

2:30pm-3:00pm: BREAK

3:00pm-4:30pm: Discussion groups

4:30pm-5:00pm: Day 3 wrap-up and closing

7:00pm-8:30pm: Keynote session


Discussion groups

Tuesday, May 18

Topic Description Lead
Deep canvassing in the climate movement We will discuss what is deep canvassing, script iteration, scaling with volunteers, barriers and learnings to overcome polarization with the mushy middle of voters, and reinforcing & amplifying learnings in communications. Montana Burgess
Building equity into our work How can climate organizations build equity and dismantle white supremacy culture in our orgs, campaigns, and work? Scott Kalota
Polling in audience-based campaigning This discussion group will focus on how to leverage the glut of polling and survey data to inform everyday organizing work and other day-to-day climate advocacy efforts. David Gold
Ethical storytelling in advocacy work Best practices for ethical research. Findings on storytelling and advocacy. How to ethically/equitably gather & share stories Claudia Davis


Thursday, May 20

Topic Description Lead
Faith-based climate mobilization Join us to hear some about some of the work faith-based groups are doing and share about your work mobilizing and engaging people of faith. Tiffany Hartung
Measuring equity in built infrastructure development Are there measurable equity indicators in the development, design & construction, and occupancy/use of the built environment ? Alice Sung
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) partner reunion An opportunity to convene YPCCC users to get feedback and brainstorm ideas Joshua Low
Organizing traditions within the left This discussion group will cover differences among different organizing traditions and how organizations navigate building power from explicit or implicit claims about what their organizing methodology is. Nicole Ektnitphong


Is there a climate advocacy topic you'd really like to talk about or want to hear other peoples' opinions on? The discussion group sessions at R+E9 (currently scheduled for Tuesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 20) are a great opportunity to connect with, speak with, and learn from other dedicated movement members from across the Lab community. Nominate a topic for discussion group consideration using this form and we'll follow up with you promptly.


Questions? Contact Jack Zhou or Justin Rolfe-Redding