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Does anyone here attend the national AR conferences in the U.S.? (i.e. the one organized by FARM, and the one organized by HSUS).

I have never gone to these, and I was wondering what other people's opinions are. It seems to me that anything that is accomplished at a conference can be accomplished just as easily, if not more so, on a discussion board such as VB.

So, is all the money people spend on airfare and hotel rooms just a big waste, or are there any practical benefits to these conferences?

-Eugene
 

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I went to the LA one, Animal Rights 2009, and I will be going this year in July. LA is just a 3-4 hour drive for me and I can afford to attend, at least the weekend portion. I think it's worth it. Even though I've read plenty of books and I've been involved here and there, I still learned a lot. We live-blogged it. You can read our notes here: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/topics/ar-2009/ The part that I did not take advantage of was the socializing. I was way too nervous and things were too complicated with family members attending as well. But this year I plan to do a little more socializing.

There's going to be a short "conference" here in Vegas soon, too. It's called Vegans In Vegas and it's geared towards men: http://vegansinvegas.com/
And I plan to attend Vida Vegan, a conference for vegan bloggers: http://vidavegancon.com/

Edit: I cannot attend Vida Vegan. It's full. I would still like to go to AR 2011 but I have a very important thing I must do on Friday of the conference and depending how that goes I may not be able to travel that weekend.
 

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I haven't been to one in years. Was at one in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey, both mid-90s. They were both very good experiences.
 

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I think the conferences are most useful for these things:
- face to face socializing and networking
- change of scenery = change in perception or attitudes
- stuff (cool tshirts and things)
- good intro to the movement for newbies
- sometimes these conferences act as fundraisers
- for some attendees, they can receive college or continuing education credits
 

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Just came back from AR 2011. I'm beginning to publish my notes here:
http://www.vegansoapbox.com/topics/ar2011/

So far I have these three up...
Making of an activist: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/making-of-an-activist/
Celebrate the neocarnist: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/celebrate-the-neocarnist/
Writing our message: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/writing-...ights-message/

Tomorrow, the Nick Cooney one goes up: http://www.vegansoapbox.com/winning-...minds-ar-2011/

There will be about 1 post per day until they're all up. Notes will also be on the ARC website, but that will take a little while. You can also order audio versions of conference sessions to listen to at home.
 
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