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Alternatives IMC Invitation
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Body: This is an invitation for participation in a new global indymedia project based upon positive alternatives to corporate globalization. The imc-alternatives working group composed this text.
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"It is not enough to decrease the rate of destruction... we must in-
crease the rate of creation." -- Tom Hayden (Seattle WTO 1999)
The "imc-alternatives" working group invites you to join us in the formation of a global "Alternatives IMC!" The "Alternatives IMC" will be a "next generation" Indymedia website that will both gather content about all the great things people are doing to create a better world [pioneering alternative social structures, economics, education, energy, etc.] and to provide a place for people organizing these projects working on these projects to connect with each other to do practical, world-changing work. We invite you to check out information at '" https://docs.indymedia.org/view/Global/IndymediaAlternatives ".
You are INVITED to participate in the Alternatives Indymedia!!
Activists striving for fundamental change have achieved marked success in recent years, combining massive street demonstrations against War, poverty and unaccountable global institutions with long-term community organizing and innovative internet tools to create public discussion around the many problems facing our world. Independent media sources like Indymedia, and to some extent the mainstream media, have covered this rising tide of discontent, providing substantial analysis of most everything that's "wrong" with the current governmental, social and economic systems.
At the same time, though with much less fanfare, many people and organizations are working to develop systems that are "right." These are focused on working solutions, such as participatory decision-making processes, equitable economies, technologies of cooperation, and many more. They nurture social structures and a more ecologically sustainable way of life. If encouraged , valued and supported, these tangible and concrete experiments could represent a positive shift toward "a new way of being"; the next bold step in the movement to create a better world. But the word needs to get out about them. Right now we have an imbalance in coverage of the problems and the critique and not enough dissemination of empowering information about what is working in the world and how people can get involved with these kinds of "experiments".
The Alternatives Indymedia (a working title) is a project with multiple goals:
1) To open a vibrant, inspiring, and multilingual Indymedia site through which users will both share information about current efforts toward fundamental change and work collaboratively on projects to make change happen in their communities.
2) To develop the Alternatives Indymedia site to be a "next-generation" IMC site. This will include offering both traditional IMC features (open publishing newswire, central feature column) as well as collaborative editing (aka open editing) and wiki work-pages, integrated forums and project-oriented mailing lists, blogs, RSS feeds, and other advances that will inspire active participation in the site. To accomplish this, we want to work with visionary techies and innovative coders (maybe YOU??) to pioneer new versions of code (perhaps using Drupal, perhaps using Plone), that will help transform Indymedia sites from relics of a bygone era when open publishing itself was considered revolutionary -- way back in 2000! -- into elegant, powerful, INSPIRING sites that empower a new generation of activists to work together to make change.
We intend this site to become an indispensable resource for those interested in the basic fundamentals of fundamental change - the who/what/where/when/why of what people are doing to better the world -- as well as a living laboratory for those who want to make change happen NOW.
The Alternatives IMC Working Group invites you to join us in realizing this vision. We are looking for (1) techies who are interested in developing the next generation of IMC sites, (2) organizers who share our desire to harness the power of Indymedia to advance social change, and (3) media makers who love covering the alternatives, experiments and solutions that are happening across the globe!
Please join our working email list at "imc-alternatives at lists.indymedia.org" (join through "http://lists.indymedia.org"). You may also contact Jay <jay at fundamentalchange.net> and/or Sheri <sheri at indymedia.org> for more information. We look forward to working together to create a shift in thinking, perception and individual and collective political will.
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