Since our post at the end of August, we’ve been able to go back through the agenda for LibDem Conference. The full itinerary of fringes, training events and debates are now published. So here are our updated highlights for LibDem Conference in Bournemouth this coming weekend!

Saturday 16 September

  • How to effectively activate and engage your new members, 9:30-10:45, Westbourne, BIC: “Ideas on how to effectively engage and empower your members to enable them to thrive and flourish as well as to make best use of their interests and skills”. Hosted by the Membership Team. If this sounds interesting, you may be interested in our piece on how to engage time poor members)
  • Campaign Academy – Building from the ground up – how we win in 2018, 9:30-10:45, Shaftesbury, Marriott: “Join us for our Campaign Academy training series. This session will cover the essential building blocks of success – strategy and message”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • Party Strategy Consultation (Consultative session F5), 10:10-11:40, Main hall. See the background document here, and see our open letter to the federal board on the need for a 650 Strategy.
  • Getting started with the membership database, 11:00-12:30, Yeovil, Marriott: “The membership database is the tool that you need to find and contact all of your local party members. Here we show you how to navigate the software effectively. This course is only suitable for those local party officers with access to the membership database”. Hosted by the Membership Team.
  • Young and Winning: Develop skills to become a successful young candidate, 14:45-16:00, Branksome 1, BIC: “Develop the skills and tools you need to run a successful electoral campaign as a young candidate”. Hosted by Young Liberals.
  • Building enthusiastic and inclusive local teams, 14:45-16:00, Branksome 2, BIC: “This exciting new session will explore ways you can take practical steps in fostering inclusion, addressing conflict and tackling bias. This will enable you to break through barriers to build strong and effective teams. It will help you make the most of the talents of every member of the party and the communities in your area.” Hosted by the Diversity Team.
  • Building your own target seat, 14:45-16:00, Dorchester, Marriott: “Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have a fledgling team behind you, here’s how to get started and build your own target seat”. Hosted by Campaigns and Elections Team. Why not check out what Elaine Bagshaw and the Tower Hamlets LibDems have been doing?
  • Pick a ward and win it: getting started and winning your first ward, 14:45-16:00, Purbeck, Marriott: “An introduction to pick a ward and win it for complete beginners”. Hosted by ALDC. Here are Josh Dixon’s tips for making Pick A Ward and Win It a reality.
  • No elections in 2018? Here’s what to do!, 16:15-17:30, Dorchester, Marriott: “If you haven’t got elections in 2018, there’s plenty that you can still do to grow your team and build your campaign for future success”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections team.

Sunday 17 September

  • Campaign Academy – growing your resources, 9:30-10:45, Shaftesbury, Marriott, “Join us for our Campaign Academy training series. This session will cover how to improve your fundraising, grow your membership and supported base”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • Squaring the circle: Fighting a successful campaign in your own seat and helping a target seat win!, 9:30-10:45, Durley, BIC, “What does success mean for you and your team? How can you get the best out of a General Election campaign and make sure we get more MPs elected at the same time?” Hosted by the Diversity Team.
  • Pick a ward and win it: Recruiting volunteers, 9:30-10:30, Purbeck, Marriott, “Even in a small ward you can’t do it all on your own. In this session we discuss what jobs need to be done, what motivates people to help and how to recruit them”. Hosted by ALDC.
  • How we won in Oxford West & Abingdon and Bath, 9:30-10:45, Sherbourne, Marriott: “Come along and find out how we won in two ‘remain’ areas in 2017”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • Digital Fundraising: How to raise a thousand pounds online, 11:00-12:30, Blandford, Marriott, “An introduction to online fundraising, providing you with practical tips and plans to get you started and raising your first thousand pounds”. Hosted by the Membership and Fundraising Team.
  • Pick a ward and win it: Success stories, 11:00-12:30, Purbeck, Marriott: “Pancel discussion on how to make the breakthrough and win a ward from scratch”. Hosted by ALDC. See Josh Dixon’s piece on making Pick A Ward and Win It a reality.
  • How we won in Eastbourne and North Norfolk, 11:00-12:30, Sherbourne, Marriott: “Come along and find out how we won in two ‘leave’ areas in 2017”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team. Check out Martin Walker’s piece for us on how ‘leave’ areas aren’t ‘no go’ areas for the LibDems.
  • Jo Swinson’s speech, 12:30-12:50, Main hall
  • Q&A with Vince Cable, 12:50-14:10, Main hall
  • Digital campaigning: Taking online campaigning to the next level, 14:45-16:00, Bryanston, Marriott: “We look at moving on from the basics to create effective co-ordinated digital campaigns across platforms”. Hosted by ALDC. See Gareth Lewis Shelton’s piece on digital and a message for every voter.
  • Campaign Academy – Building from the ground up – how we win in 2018, 14:45, 16:00, Shaftesbury, Marriott: “Join us for our Campaign Academy training series. This session will cover the essential building blocks of success – strategy and message”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • How we did it: Successfully raising tens of thousands in just six months, 16:15-17:30, Bayview 2, BIC: “An exemplar fundraising team shares their top tips for raising big money in a brief time. St. Albans achieved a 14% increase in vote share in 2017, and will demonstrate the techniques, tips and shortcuts that built their fighting fund”. Hosted by the Fundraising Team.
  • Engagement matters! Campaigning and engaging with diverse communities, 16:15-17:30, Branksome 2, BIC: “Keen to engage with more members and attract voters from diverse groups? Interested in trying out new approaches to community engagement? Come along to this session to find out how you can widen participation and diversity within your local party”. Hosted by the Diversity Team. Make sure to check out Dipa Vaya’s piece on meaningful community engagement.
  • Building your own target seat, 16:15-17:30, Sherbourne, Marriott: “Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have a fledgling team behind you, here’s how to get started and build your own target seat”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • Digital Campaigning: How to Vlog, 16:15-17:30, Branksome 1, BIC: “Video blogging is an increasingly popular form of online communication. Find out how to add a personal touch to your personal message”. Hosted by Young Liberals.
  • Digital campaigning: campaigning with video, 16:15-17:30, Bryanston, Marriott: “Online campaigning is changing fast. To make an impact you need to be using both graphics and videos but these are surprisingly easy (and cheap) to do. We discuss the whys and wherefores of digital campaigning and take you through a real campaign”. Hosted by ALDC.

Monday 18 September

  • Pick a ward and win it: Winning the postal vote, 9:30-10:45, Purbeck, Marriott: “Winning amongst postal voters is increasingly important to election success. This session show you how to do it”. Hosted by ALDC.
  • No elections in 2018? Here’s what to do!, 9:30-12:30, Dorchester, Marriott: “If you haven’t got elections in 2018, there’s plenty that you can still do to grow your team and build your campaign for future success”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • Persuading voters to change, 9:30-10:45, Shaftesbury, Marriott: “Persuade voters to change who they vote for through canvassing, digital campaigning and effective messages”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • Pick a ward and win it: The last week, 14:45-16:00, Purbeck, Marriott: “Thiking about how you are going to plan for your final week of the campaign and get the most out of your Get Out The Vote operation”. Hosted by ALDC.
  • Digital campaigning: Facebook Advertising, 14:45-16:00, Bryanston, Marriott: “How to use Facebook as an effective tool for targeting your key voters and delivering your message to people online”. Hosted by ALDC.
  • Campaign Academy – organising to win, 16:15-17:30, Dorchester, Marriott: Join us for our Campaign Academy training series. This session will cover how to create a ward and constituency organisation that can deliver success in campaigning and elections”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections Team.
  • Manifesto Feedback Consultation (Consultative Session F29), 16:30-18:00, Main hall

Tuesday 19 September

  • Leading a top campaign team, 9:30-10:45, Branksome 2, BIC: “Strong leadership skills will give you a head start when developing and strengthening your local campaign team. Find out the best styles of leadership for a political campaign team”. Hosted by the Diversity Team.
  • Talking to voters: Doorstep campaigns – design, discussions and data, 9:30-10:45, Purbeck, Marriott: “We look at how to set up canvassing sessions, choose who to canvass, brief and debrief teams and manage the data you have collected”. Hosted by ALDC.
  • Using digital to engage and win, 9:30-10:45, Westbourne, BIC: “Find out how to reach and engage voters through a range of digital channels and tools”. Hosted by the Campaigns and Elections team.

 

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