FAQs for AMC2014 Tracks, Network Gatherings, and Practice Spaces

Interested in coordinating a Track, Practice Space or Network Gathering (TPSNG) at the next AMC? Check out some of the answers to the frequently asked questions about TPSNGs.

You can also learn more by joining one of our info sessions, on October 16, 8:00 p.m. EST and November 9 @ 12noon EST. For call-in details email morgan@alliedmedia.org or follow the AMC on Twitter @alliedmediaconf

The 16th annual Allied Media Conference is June 19 - 22, 2014 in Detroit.

Propose a TPSNG with this form.

TPSNG FAQs

See also: Tracks, Network Spaces, and Gatherings from the last AMC.


What is the Allied Media Conference?

We’re glad you asked! The Allied Media Conference is an annual gathering of technologists, artists, organizers, and allies who exchange skills and strategies for using media-based organizing to create, connect and transform their communities. The conference takes place every summer in Detroit and features over 250 workshops, strategy sessions, and art and music events. If you have not attended the AMC before, make this the year to join us! You may not want to propose a TPSNG unless one or more members of your coordinating team have experienced the AMC.


Who should coordinate a TPSNG?

You should consider coordinating a TPSNG if you are an organizer, builder, artist and/or technologist and have a passion for facilitating spaces where things can grow. We recommend that one or more of your coordinating team members have attended the a previous AMC.


What is a Track?

A Track is a series of 10-12 sessions that are joined by a shared theme. Past tracks include: Webmaking; Imagining Better Futures Through Play; Medios Caminantes; Media Policy for Love and Justice; Community Radio.


What is a Practice Space?

A Practice Space is an fixed space at the AMC that features ongoing activities and hands-on sessions around one theme. Past Practice Spaces include: Transformative Arts, DiscoTech Media Lab, Kids Transform the World.


What is a Network Gathering?

Network Gatherings are day-long mini-conferences convened by a local or national network on the Thursday before the AMC. They can be open to the public of closed meetings. Past Network Gatherings include: INCITE!, Nation Inside, Brown Boi Project. See all 2013 Network Gatherings.


Which should I propose: a Track, Network Gathering, or Practice Space?

Our super-scientific formula: We know it is hard to choose, but if your toes were being held over a fire and you were forced to choose one of the following as most important, which would you choose?

A) space where people can come and learn hands-on skills that will empower their media-based organizing
B) gathering of folks to do focused work or strategy development
C) mix of panels and workshops, focused on a specific theme, that are open to everyone at the AMC

If you picked A, you should probably propose a Practice Space.
If you picked B, you should probably propose a Network Gathering.
If you picked C, you should probably propose a Track.

Boom. Science.


Can I be on more than one TPSNG coordinating team?

Being on a coordinating team can be a lot of work so we do not recommend this.


What if I have an idea but no other coordinators?

If you have an idea for a TPSNG but aren’t quite sure who could help you coordinate it, let us know! Email us at amc@alliedmedia.org with the idea and a request to be connected to other people who may be awesome at facilitating a TPSNG with you. If we can’t find a good fit, don’t worry. We’ll still be happy to work with you to submit a session proposal.


Can youth apply to coordinate?

Absolutely! We are really excited to receive content that is youth-driven. We would like youth submitting proposals to have adult allies with whom they can work to coordinate logistics.


If I’d like to coordinate a TPSNG and propose sessions. Is that okay?

Yes!


What is the timeline for organizing a Track, Network Gathering or Practice Space?

The general timeline is as follows:

Fall
Select and finalize descriptions of TPSNGs.

Winter
Annual Coordinator’s meeting in Detroit (usually during MLK weekend) – more info on this under "What support will I receive from AMP?"
Release calls for session proposals.
Coordinators begin fundraising for their TPSNGs.

Spring
Session proposals are reviewed and selections are made.
Finalization and publication of AMC sessions.
TPSNG fundraising and logistical planning continues.

Summer
JUNE 19-22, 2014: 16th annual AMC!


Approximately how much time will it take to coordinate a Track, Network Gathering or Practice Space?

Each Track, Network Gathering and Practice Space should have at least three coordinators who can commit several hours per week between December 2013 and June 2014. The work hours needed is variable and may be more like 2 hours per week earlier in the year and closer to 15 or 20 hours in the final weeks leading up to the AMC.

Track, Network Gathering or Practice Space's need a minimum of three coordinators and should have 3 - 5 "supporters" who help out with specific tasks as needed. If you need help finding that support, let us know.


What support will I receive from AMP?

AMP staff will advise on the development of vision and content of Tracks, Network Gatherings, and Practice Spaces and facilitate connections between coordinators, potential participants and potential funders.

Coordinators must send at least one representative to a meeting in Detroit, January 17 - 19, 2014 (bundle up—it will be cold!). At the retreat we will share and develop essential skills for the AMC organizing process: facilitative leadership, popular education, grassroots fundraising, online communications infrastructure, and accessibility.

All Tracks, Network Gatherings, Practice Spaces, and Delegations will be eligible for a limited number of mini-grants to support grassroots fundraising to get their networks to the AMC.

All TPSNGs will have access to AMP’s online communication tools for organizing throughout the year.


Can I bounce my ideas and questions off somebody at AMP before submitting my proposal?

Yes! Email amc@alliedmedia.org. You can also get in touch with us via our Facebook page, or on Twitter @alliedmediaconf.

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