I plan on going to the AMC y tu?
From Nadia Abu-Karr:
PLEASE CROSSPOST AND FORWARD FAR AND WIDE!
Session Proposal Deadline April 3rd!
We’re excited to let you know that you can now Register for the 2009 Allied Media Conference. We recommend you do so right away so that you can cross that off your AMC to-do list and focus your energy on designing all the
ground-breaking workshops/panel discussions/caucuses/strategy sessions that you want to see happen at this year’s conference.
Watch this inspirational PSA about grassroots fundraising and jump right in to planning a fundraiser in your town that will allow you to bring your whole crew to Detroit — and you don’t have to leave the kids at home! This will be the most inter-generational AMC yet.
Propose a session!
The first thing you should do, especially if you’ve never attended the AMC, is check out past year’s programs and familiarize yourself with the kinds of sessions AMC participants are looking for.
At the AMC you will find sessions that engage people in:
using media for community-building, organizing, and action
educating with media, both in and beyond the classroom
expanding our access to distribution networks (radio, the Internet,
conversations about the future of our media and social movements
building and sharing open source and DIY technology tools
economic sustainability for our organizations and communities
forming new models of leadership and leadership development
There are four kinds of sessions:
Workshops: These run the gamut in terms of topics. We love “how-to” workshops, from both an introductory to an advanced level. We encourage presenters to think creatively about how to make content as accessible as possible (for example, how to video-blog if you don’t have a mac, or if the library is your primary source for internet access).
Panel Discussions: Moderators of panels need to draw out essential ideas and questions from panelists and then bring the room of AMC participants into the discussion.
Film Presentations: We give preference to sessions that explain how a video is being used for social and political transformation.
Caucuses and Meet-Ups: The AMC is an opportunity for people with a common interest to come together and strategize. Explain what you want
to base your caucus around and we’ll do our best to support it.
Session topics: Arts & Culture, Print, Radio, Video, Photo, Web, Media Policy, Economics and Sustainability, Strategy & Infrastructure
We like sessions that:
are interactive and creative
share successful strategies that will work for other conference participants; it has to be more than just a showcase for a project
build off ideas from past AMCs or other conferences
are particularly relevant to the conference vision (Please read it before submitting a proposal)
are collaborations across multiple organizations
are friendly to all ages from infants to elders
**New this year:**
A “smart classroom” with computers, cameras, a green screen, and some other fun things which will allow for more hands-on technical
A team of educators who will offer support to any presenter wanting to translate complex academic or technical ideas into interactive
popular education activities.
The conference organizers make final decisions on conference programming based on the vision statement, the proposals and suggestions from this form, the input of the track advisory boards, and our financial and logistical capacity.
Submit a session proposal ! Session Proposal Deadline April 3rd!
Have You Proposed A Session for the AMC Kids’ Track Yet?
The deadline for Allied Media Conference proposals is quickly approaching, but there’s still time before April 3rd to submit your proposal!
Now in its second year, the Kids’ Track is a children-centered space which recognizes kids as media makers by providing them with the skills to create media work influenced by their own points of view. Last year, sessions included Print Making, Street Art for Kids, and Letter Writing as Activism. Other popular activities included theater games, painting with water colors and a discussion about school and education. We like sessions that are hands on, engaging, artistic and that provide opportunities for participants to learn and teach.
Session proposals can be submitted through the Allied Media Conference website: http://alliedmediaconference.org/propose. Please include what age range your session is for in your proposal.
Parents, if you’re thinking of coming to the AMC with children please register or get in touch early to help us plan the best kid’s track yet! This helps us get an idea of the number of kids and age ranges to expect.