[New-imc] Regarding the imc-Denmarks application for international recognition
thorbjoerna at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 14:23:38 PDT 2009
(This message is sent to both New-IMC and IMC-Denmark)
Dear all international IMC-activists.
This is an apology for what have been done to the New-IMC list and an
update on where we are, and what further steps we will take in order
to be ready for COP15.
In the course of the past two days, the Danish IMC group has undergone
quite a transformation. The former primary submitter of articles to
our site (AI / "Autonom Infoservice") has bailed out, for reasons I am
not fully sure how I should describe to an open forum as I will
obviously be biased in this matter.
Whatever the reasons, the Danish IMC is not in the state the AI group
thought it to be; we are not ready for international recognition, yet,
and we have (probably) never been.
We have no official structure that anybody knows of - and if there is
one, it is not publicly available. Maybe someone from the original
founding group has something stuffed away on an old harddrive in a
basement somewhere in Denmark. I don't know about it, and nobody I
have asked during the past few days knows about it. (Even though there
seems to be an unspoken consensus on how to do certain things.)
We have neither had any IRL meetings during the last two years, the
years I've been involved from time to time. Sure, we have socialized a
lot, but not with enough focus on Indymedia.
There has been a "division" among IMC-DK-activists for at least the
past 3½ years: one group consisted of technogeeks that took (more or
less) care of the tech (the website, the CMS, etc); one group
consisted of hardcore writers (AI, among (increasingly less amounts
of) others) that had no care for the technical aspect of things except
that they wanted a stable service; and the "bridgebuilders" that knew
and hung out with people from both of the other groups and tried to
make stuff run smoothly. These groups were but informal, social
groups, but the lack of a real organization slowly moved them further
and further away from each other to the point where addressation got
outright nasty at times. We are changing that now as it is simply not
acceptable - especially not for a radical movement looking to improve
society as a whole.
As for Indymedia.dks future: Nobody is really sure at the moment,
though most seem to be ready to give it another go. An initiative has
been presented on the Danish mailing-list to REBOOT the Danish IMC,
with IRL meetings, discussions about structure and content. My hope is
that this initiative will make the Danish IMC ready for use for COP15
- which is our primary concern right now. We will, probably, focus on
local structuring before we take up this application again.
An update on this will be handed to the New-IMC list, when we feel we
are ready to take up the application again, if this is the plan we are
going to follow.
I, on behalf of the REBOOT Indymedia.dk-initiative, which is started
by Joe and me (TB/Aksel) and until now supported by Rebe| (Erik),
though he has nothing to do with this mail, hereby hands you our
sincere and unlimited apologies for the time you have wasted on our
application for the list, and for the tone led by former members of
the IMC-Denmark in certain emails.
Aksel (TB) with a little help from Joe
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