Audio of workshop reportbacks and conference evaluation
(I have the rest of the closing discussion recorded as well, but have not captured and encoded it yet - SteeV
what about taking stuff home?
- needs more involvement from outside united states
- more tech stuff
- should've had a BIG opening session to find out what people wanted: lots of people wanted stuff that wasn't quite so addressed in this conference
- LOCATION - getting funding for solidarity
- target audience - who is invited
- plan a 10 day conference!!
- plan 2 years in advance
- us or global?
- this was a US conference
- BUT - there were still lots of US-IMCs who didn't seem to make it
- need to get in touch with those imcs and feedback to them.
- big thanks again - for all the free food and beer!
- regional conferences!
- NorthEast regional conference this summer - imc-nena
- some groups tried to make action points that were gonna have a real effect, rather than conversation just ending...
- need to get stuff on the wiki - need to have a record of what we've done
see main wiki collections!
- i couldn't keep up with this bit!
lots of discussion, though....
- topic imc?
- invitation to all women to join the list
- notes and audio will be available to all
- discussion on gender imbalances, experiences in meetings, how women confronted these experiences, anti-sexism, lots of societal conditioning that affects us all.
- frustrating that session was cancelled but no information given out. there was a really constructive alternate session:
- women are often a minority in their collective, important to provide space for them.
- promotion of using stuff like the wiki and listservs to share information
- non-geek web-publishing didn't happen
- improving journalism skills - this was a constructive workshop
- how-to radio
- provided a cd with examples
- discussion on how to construct a radio
- hands-on skill sharing - how to use a mini-disc,
- portland imc don't take out 'ums' and 'ahs' from their stuff!
- use ogg-vorbis, get away from mp3
- newer version of audacity - multi-track open-source editing program
- print caucus
- 6 papers represented
- discussed issues like
- future co-ordination;
- make a weekly pdf that could be printed and distributed
- re-activating print.indymedia.org and having content from all the newspapers up there
- guidelines on 'how to start an indy-paper'
- imc-video discussion
- check out the wiki page!
- online session - bittorrent, encoding and distribution methods.
- be great if stuff was a lot more accessible online!
- various stuff discussed! - have we plateaued as a network?
- need to increase communication!
- increase awareness about global resources and lists, e.g. irc,
- regular summaries to go on imc-communication - BlackBeard to start this - volunteers required!!!
- use of liaisons to increase communication flows
- consider who's gonna be reading emails,
- IMC and underserved communities
- bunch of exercises looking at external ideas of repression
- Setting up an IMC at mass mobilisations
- Race and gender in IMC
- building solidarity around these issues
- whole load of stuff that wasn't able to be printed but can be emailed to people
- cautionary tales of what happens
- indyresearch.org to be set up
- discussion about the tensions between academics and imcista's
- collection of information
- transcript to be available
- aside: the ImcUk has done a lot of work on the wiki about interaction with academia and academics: http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Local/ImcUkResearcherGuidelines
- discussion about individual and collective health - i.e. the health of indymedia (local)collectives and how we deal with difficulties and repression
- need for redundancy - one person should not be essential
- need to share knowledge - what happens when that person leaves?
- this is also related to gender imbalance
- regular skill shares
- mandatory vacations for people - by default they're not able to do everything
- regular meetings in collectives about caring for each other - lots of collectives actually do do this
- "if it all falls apart when we leave, it should all fall apart - don't be afraid to pass on the torch"
- many people need a break! have busy lives....
- having non-meetings - e.g. imc-drunks in san francisco go out bar-hopping
- discussion about personal relationships and conflict in imc (sorry - i missed most of this bit!)
- silence is screaming out "help me" - we need to hear the voice that is silent.
- should note where our starting point is as well - what society is like, who we are, where we come from in society
- "we are at war - we are supposed to be bringing down empire and neighbourhoods" - it's great that we're discussing this but we also need to focus on the lifestyle we're living in (in the USA)
- Indymedia has saved people's lives - it has helped by getting information out there.
- 20 Feb 2005