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New IMC Information

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This New IMC information page has been set up to help YOU* learn more about the Indymedia Network. This site is put together and kept up to date by various members of the network, but primarily by the New IMC working group. Our hope it that this information will introduce you to an overview of Indymedia but also to what to expect from the New Imc Process. This working space is ever evolving and is the first step towards understanding not only Indymedia values and the common ground that enables us to be a network, but also a bit about how the network itself works and what that means for each local IMC.

Please have your local collective or the group of people interested in joining the Indymedia Network read over the draft document So you want to start an IMC? (en) (fr) before filling out this form. If you have questions, you can send email to the new-imc mailing list. We know that the process can be confusing for newcomers and we're trying to make it as open and transparent a process as possible. Please remember that we are all volunteers who work in indymedia and often are busy with our local IMCs as well.

*YOU* does not refer to an individual person; it means the collective requesting to be a member of the IMC Network.


The strength of the IMC as a concept comes directly from its organizational structure; namely, a decentralized network of autonomous collectives whose shared resources allow for the creation of a social and digital infrastructure that is independent of state and market forces. It is our intention as a media movement to build out this structure so that, on the one hand, we have local IMC's throughout the world that are autonomous in their decision making while, on the other hand, we are united in a network form of organization that allows for collaboration on a level previously reserved for state and corporate interests. The extent the network is effective in challenging abusive systems of power is directly related to our ability to create decentralized structures. It is our ability to be flexible and simultaneously united that has proven effective.

However, it cannot be understated that in order for collaboration to occur network wide, there needs to exist a set of guidelines and a process by which we all agree to work. Quite frankly, it is necessary to resist any efforts by a local collective, for example, that wishes to develop a non-participatory, top-down structure, or would like to create a corporation out of a local IMC. To this end, we have developed guidelines for network participation in the form of two crucial documents: the PrinciplesOfUnity and the MembershipCriteria. These documents, in a sense, are a pact amongst media activists that allow for the network to exist. It is under these assumptions that we are united yet autonomous.


So that you can know what to expect, here's a brief description of the current process that the New IMC Working Group follows. Because we're all humans and we rely on our diverse communication styles, this is not designed to be a perfect science, but rather to be democratic, transparent and flexible. This process has been evolving as we continue to improve the process and to incorporate helpful feedback from participants.

Please feel free to ask any questions you have that will help you through this process. You can either email the list or contact any of the people who have sent you either the general information or tech information.

  1. Pre-organizing: the first step is to talk with people in your community and try to get the sense if there is interest in forming an IMC. Once you have formed a collective, or as you are forming it, ask yourselves these questions:
    • (1A) How does the makeup of your collective reflect the diversity of the local community (e.g. in realtion to gender-, sexual-, spiritual-, and/or cultural-identity)?
    • (1B) If your group currently does not represent the diversity of the local community, particularly in relation to groups who are underrepresented in mainstream society and denied access to vehicles of expression, what steps will be taken to address this on an ongoing basis?
    • (1C) What steps will be taken to involve individuals in workfields new to them? What measures will be taken to overcome a gendered work division?
  2. Look at the documents linked at this site (see below).
  3. When you think you're really ready to do some good organizing, fill out the form at the bottom of the page. The person filling out the form and the person written as contact will receive a password for updating the database. Please keep this password carefully.
  4. Open a mailing list: If there are problems, you can try emailing listwork at . If nothing happens after a few days, you can try asking on irc on #listwork if someone has answered your "ticket" (your request). Read ListworkWorkingGroup to understand how the group of listwork volunteers functions. Please read NewImcMailingListIssues about openness of the list.
  5. O - R - G - A - N - I - Z - E !!!!
  6. With your forming collective, write
  7. Edit the wiki page and put in some text like ImcWoopwoop if your IMC name will be IMC Woopwoop (first, any member of your collective should register a wiki account at ). Then click on ImcWoopwoop and add some text and save, and then carry on and use these wiki pages to manage your documentation (mission statement, editorial policy, answers to MembershipCriteria and PrinciplesOfUnity, etc.).
  8. When you're really ready, and only when you're ready, reply to and send to new-imc at your collective's responses to these (you might disagree with some of them, please be honest, it's as much for your own group's self-organising than for the network):
  9. Your new-imc contact proposes your site
  10. The fun begins. Get involved in the global lists and Indymedia discussions and decisions. Offer to work with other IMCs from your area or elsewhere around the world. Do good work.
  11. Change the world, for the better of course. We wouldn't expect anything less.

Full text of 10-step process

Hints on how to 5. O - R - G - A - N - I - Z - E !!!! a face-to-face meeting so that no one individual or group dominates are Food not Bombs' practical guide On Conflict and Consensus and the Collective Book on Collective Process. More links on consensus on the ConflictResolution page.


These are the documents that you should download once you have sent in the form and introduction below. The PrinciplesOfUnity and the MembershipCriteria are the documents that we ask your collective to carefully review, comment on and send back to the New-IMC list. You should take your time reviewing these documents. This is not a casual step. You are becoming a member of an international network. And while we operate in a decentralized, non-hierarchical way, we are also part of a network that shares resources, solidarity and support. Hopefully these documents will give you a good idea of what Indymedia is all about.

Here are some translations of some of these documents in: English | Nederlands | fran\xE7ais | Italiano | \x{65e5}\x{672c}\x{8a9e} | Espanol | Portugese | bahasa Melayu | bahasa Indonesia | po polsku | Basque

membership criteria h. and i. - global communication


These background and general information documents are useful for any new IMC collective and can be a resource for a long time.


The Global IMC-Tech collective can help provide you with servers and software setup or get you connected with people who can help you. Don't think you're on your own, we're here to help. If you have techies then we could use your help too.



After your collective reviews the above information and you're ready to do some good organizing, ( step 3 above) please fill out the form at the bottom of and answer the questions, including a first draft of an introductory/mission statement.

NOTE: All information entered in the form will be publicly archived at Please provide only information that can be made public.


We'd like your group to draft up a statement or essay or short story (any style you'd like) that expresses why you are interested in starting an IMC in your city or region and why you want to join the indymedia network. Later in the process, before we send the application on to the IMC-Process and imc-communication lists, we will ask for an introduction to your IMC. You can have the same mission statement/introduction for both purposes. Or you can revise it for both purposes (nothing is set in stone - we're hopefully always evolving this process and improving it). Hopefully, the second version will represent a wider participation of a variety of individuals and groups than the first.

Doing this will help us (the new-imc working group, and then the whole network) better get to know you. A short essay will tell us much more about your ideas for participating in the IMC network than just the formal answers. This should be written with the approval of the collective who wants to start up the IMC.

Here are some examples:

-- WoWi - 22 Mar 2005 -added a sub-step..

-- replaced link to principles of unity. to principles of unity went to wrong email. IonNec - 29 Apr 2003

  • add IMC Scotland mission statement link -- SpaceBunny - 09 Jun 2003;
  • add IMC Puerto Rico mission statement link -- RosaG - 26 Jun 2003
  • add "memo link (FR) -- GeneX - 26 Jan 2004
  • -- AnA - 28 Mar 2004 - added the womens proposal to point 1- 1(A), 1(B), 1(C)
  • -- SdLotus - 4 July 2004 - corrected example links for new list archive server.
  • updated neanderthal version of tech section to postmodern version wink -- BouD - 11 Apr 2005
Topic revision: r23 - 28 Dec 2009, BouD
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