[imc-uk-collective] Draft new-imc form [new draft]
phunkee at aktivix.org
Wed Dec 8 00:29:50 PST 2010
On 05/12/2010 17:28, Mr. Demeanour wrote:
Can't seem to get my login working for the wiki, so here's some quick
I'm keen on emphasising the fact that we already have links with many
groups and individuals who have used our newswire and written features
> Critical Dates?
> Supporting Groups:
> [No answer yet]
> Please write an introductory statement about why you want to participate
> in the Indymedia Network.
> We already do participate in the Indymedia Network; all of our
> present members have been Indymedia volunteers for several years.
> However we have never gone through the new-imc process, because when
> our site began, there was no such process. We believe it will
> strengthen our collective to go through the process. Also, since most
> other collectives in this region have gone through the process, our
> present condition is an anomaly.
> As the UK Network has changed over the years, a number of groups have
> spawned off from the UK site and set up their own sites. This has
> resulted in a gradual deterioration in the organisation of the
> collective that maintains the UK newswire and features, to the point
> that its membership criteria are not transparent and there is no
> proper process for consensus decision-making. At one time the
> site was maintained by members of all collectives in the UK Network;
> this is no longer the case. It is important that the UK site be
> maintained by a properly constituted collective that has regular open
> meetings and transparent membership, and this application is being
> made in pursuit of that goal.
> What kind of resources can you contribute, in terms of
> server/bandwidth/technical and organizing skills?
> We use and administer the Mir server called Traven, and our members
> made a significant contribution to the purchase price of that server.
> Traven is shared by many Mir collectives around the world. Our
> bandwidth is purchased from Riseup. We have an established network of
> mirrors. A number of us are capable of administering a Linux server.
> What kind of outreach have you done to bring together a diverse group of
> Our group is not nearly as diverse as we would like. We are
> geographically scattered, and we recognise that we face challenges in
> terms of outreach. However, we hope that once our collective is
> properly constituted we will be in a better position to recruit and
> support new members.
think we need to mention the fact that for many years marginalised groups
have engaged with our newswire, and have written many features for our
column and our topic subpages. We will invite these groups and
individuals to our
mailing list with a view to meeting physically as part of our ongoing
> 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)?
> Mostly not very well, and in some respects very badly. We are from a
> variety of backgrounds, but do not reflect the cultural, sexual and
> spiritual diversity of the general population.
Again I think initially we aren't as diverse as we would like, but we
this as an ongoing process. As mentioned above, we have contacts with
many individuals and
groups as part of our working relationship as an imc collective. We
contacts will snowball as we extend our outreach.
> 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?
> Our collective uses open mailing lists and public meetings for
> organising. We intend to try to organise public events such as film
> screenings to accompany our public meetings, and hope by this means
> to draw diverse groups of people into our activities. We intend to
> hold our public meetings in a different city or town each time. We
> aim to encourage minority groups to use our site to publish their
> news and we will offer support to enable them to do this.
As above, I think we need to highlight what we've already been doing with
marginalised groups in terms of the newswire and our features pages.
It's self evident if you look at the content on the site that we have
these links -
they just need firming up as it were..
> What steps will be taken to involve individuals in workfields new to
> them? What measures will be taken to overcome a gendered work division?
> [No answer yet]
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