Frequently Asked Questions
Housing and Logistics
Proposing Tracks, Practice Spaces, or Network Gatherings (TPSNG)s
WHAT IS THE ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE?
WHEN IS THE CONFERENCE?
Housing and Logistics
WHERE IS THE CONFERENCE?
WHERE WILL I STAY?
CAN I REQUEST TO STAY WITH SPECIFIC PEOPLE IN THE DORM?
Most dorm rooms in the residence hall are suite-style so you can list up to 3 other people with whom you would share a room. Please let us know your roommate request when you reserve your AMC housing.
CAN I SHARE MY DORM ROOM?
The AMC offers housing in the Wayne State Towers Residence Hall. Most rooms are suite style, containing four one-person bedrooms, each with a single-person bed, attached to a shared living space with a sitting area and an attached bathroom. The cost is $45 per person, per night, for a one-person room. Each person staying in the dorms must purchase their own single-person room, so you cannot save money by sharing a room.* Wayne State issues cards to each individual staying in the dorms. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day and they strictly enforce a one-person-per-card policy.
*The one exception for this rule: WSU will allow parents with small children to have their child sleep on the floor of the dorm room at no cost. Bring your own sleeping bag, mat and pillow. Some parents do this to reduce housing costs.
CAN I CANCEL MY REGISTRATION?
CAN I DONATE MONEY TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE?
HOW MUCH DOES THE CONFERENCE COST?
DO YOU OFFER GROUP RATES?
DO YOU HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS TO HELP ME AFFORD THE CONFERENCE?
CAN I VOLUNTEER MY TIME IN PLACE OF A REGISTRATION FEE?
IS MY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION SECURE WHEN I REGISTER ONLINE?
WHO ATTENDS THE AMC?
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONFERENCE?
I AM NOT PART OF AN ORGANIZATION. CAN I STILL ATTEND?
I AM NOT A MEDIA MAKER. CAN I STILL ATTEND?
CAN I GET A TABLE IN THE EXHIBITION AREA?
WHEN DO I TABLE?
CAN I LEAVE MY TABLE SET UP OVERNIGHT?
The exhibition area will be locked overnight. However, if you have any high-value items, you should not leave them on your table overnight. The AMC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
FOR MY TABLE, CAN I SHIP MATERIALS IN ADVANCE OF THE AMC?
Yes, please ship to:
Detroit, MI 48202
Make sure you materials arrive one day in advance of the AMC.
CAN I PROPOSE A SESSION FOR THE AMC?
Yes! The AMC2015 Call for Session Proposals is coming soon. Stay tuned.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF AMC SESSIONS?
Hands-on workshops engage multiple senses in the learning process and allow participants to construct their own knowledge. They may use a mixture of: direct instruction, discussion, small group work, multi-media sharing, games, and making things.
Strategy sessions focus collective brain power around hard questions. They usually begin with presentations of some framing information or questions, then explore a series of essential questions. They require excellent facilitation to ensure that the conversation moves productively along. Popular formats for the strategy session include: "fishbowls" and the "ambassador model."
One-hour lunchtime caucuses are ideal for groups who are coming together for the first time, around a shared experience or subject. They emphasize networking, loose conversation and building connections within a room rather than packed agendas and/or strategic development.
Two hour dinnertime caucuses are ideal for groups who have been communicating prior to the AMC and who'd like to gather to share a meal, introduce ideas, share resources. Dinnertime caucuses happen off-site and can serve as ways to bring groups together to check in, process and brainstorm.
Panels & Presentations should consist of engaging speakers and a dynamic moderator who knows how to bring out the best in speakers and/or lots of visual aides and interactive components.
Detroit Tours happen within a double session block (3.5 hours). They should be led by at least two longtime Detroiters and involve interactive discussion points throughout.
Practice Space Blocks are 3 hour, 20 minute blocks of formal and informal activities, co-curated by Practice Space coordinators and presenters, around a broad theme.
WHAT MAKES AN AWESOME AMC SESSION PROPOSAL?
An emphasis on strategies rather than issues. Sessions that help us name the problem are important, but they can't stop there. Make sure your session proposal incorporates media-based organizing strategies towards solutions.
A strong session description. In your session description, be clear about what will happen in your session, why it's important, and what people will get out of it.
Collaboration. We love AMC sessions designed by multiple organizations or individuals. Even better, connect your session to an ongoing organizing process that extends beyond the conference. While collaboration is strongly encouraged, we also welcome workshops from individuals and groups.
ALSO: Check out our "Tips for Awesome AMC Workshops, Panels, and Caucuses"
Sessions will be reviewed by a committee of sixty AMC advisers, including track coordinators, track advisers, and conference staff. These reviewers will consider the following criteria when evaluating session proposals:
- Does this session advance media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world?
- Is this session aligned with the AMP network principles?
- Does this session evolve or build-off of ideas from previous AMCs?
AMC staff will make final decisions around conference content, based on the recommendations of reviewers and available space in the conference schedule.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR ORGANIZING AN AMC2015 SESSION?
JAN 16: Open session proposal process
MAY 1: Final conference program is announced
JUN 19 - JUN 22: 17th annual Allied Media Conference (woowee!)
CAN I PERFORM AT THE AMC?
CAN I ORGANIZE A CAUCUS FOR A PARTICULAR GROUP TO DISCUSS A PARTICULAR TOPIC?
PROPOSING TRACKS, PRACTICE SPACES, OR NETWORK GATHERINGS (TPSNG)S
A Track is a series of AMC sessions that are joined by a shared theme. Examples of past tracks include: Media Strategies for Transforming Justice, Community Radio, and Sci-fi for World-building and Survival.
A Practice Space is a fixed space at the AMC that features ongoing activities and hands-on sessions around a theme. Examples of past practice spaces include: Transformative Arts; Movement//Movement; Future Design Lab.
Network Gatherings are day-long mini-conferences convened by a local or national network on the Thursday before the AMC. They can be open or closed meetings. Examples of past network gatherings include: International Trans Women of Color, Education for Liberation, Research Justice.
You should consider coordinating a TPSNG if you are doing some kind of media-based organizing* and you want to expand your skills, ideas and relationships through the AMC. It is ideal for coordinators to have attended at least one AMC in the past, but it is not required. *AMP defines media-based organizing as any collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to address the roots of a problem and advance holistic solutions towards a more just and creative world.
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.
Being on a coordinating team can be a lot of work so we do not recommend this.
Being a coordinator for the Allied Media Conference involves working with a team to curate a space within the conference where we can explore media-based organizing through the particular lens your team develops. Each track, network gathering and practice space should have at least three coordinators who can commit several hours per week between December 2014 and June 2015. 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.
The work may include: recruiting participants and session presenters and fundraising to help get them to the AMC, documenting your process and giving feedback to AMP throughout. Each coordinating team is required to send at least one person to a planning meeting in Detroit over the weekend of January 16 - 18, 2015. Network Gathering coordinators can also expect to develop the content of their day and manage their gathering’s attendance and logistics.
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 email@example.com 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.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR COORDINATING A TPSNG?
- Select and finalize descriptions of TPSNGs.
- Annual coordinator’s meeting in Detroit (usually during MLK weekend)
- Release calls for session proposals.
- Coordinators begin fundraising for their TPSNGs.
- Session proposals are reviewed and selections are made.
- Finalization and publication of AMC sessions.
- TPSNG fundraising and logistical planning continues.
- June 18-21, 2015: 17th annual AMC!
Tracks, network gatherings or practice spaces 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.
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 16 - 18, 2015 (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.