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Frequently Asked Questions

Basics

When is the conference?

Housing and Logistics

Can I cancel my registration?

Conference Costs

Is my credit card information secure when I register online?

Participate

For my table, can I ship materials in advance of the AMC?

Proposing Sessions

 

Proposing Tracks, Practice Spaces, or Network Gatherings (TPSNG)s

 

 

Basics

WHAT IS THE ALLIED MEDIA CONFERENCE?

The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. We come together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing. Read the mission and vision of the conference. While you're at it, how about following us on Twitter: @alliedmediaconf 

WHEN IS THE CONFERENCE?

Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21, 2015. Check out the conference schedule overview for details.

Housing and Logistics

WHERE IS THE CONFERENCE?

The AMC will be held in the McGregor Conference Center, Community Arts Building, and other nearby campus buildings at Wayne State University in Detroit. The conference weekend will also feature several off-campus events, including our bowling & karaoke party at the Garden Bowl in the Majestic Theatre Complex (June 20) , and music event at MOCAD (June 21).

WHERE WILL I STAY?

After you register, you can reserve a room in the Wayne State residence hall or a place in the crash space. You can also coordinate couchsurfing, rentals, or other housing options for the Allied Media Conference on our AMC Housing forum. Details on those and other housing options are listed on the Places to Stay page.

HOW WILL I GET AROUND?
We will provide a shuttle to off-campus events, but other than that you will walk or roll to get meals or anything else you need off-campus. More info on the Getting Around Detroit page.

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?

Registration can be canceled and refunded upon request. Please allow up to 15 business days for your request to be processed. Housing and parking reservations are non-refundable after June 1, 2015.

 

Conference Costs

CAN I DONATE MONEY TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE?

Yes, you can CLICK HERE to donate to the AMC. You may also be interested in sponsoring the AMC. Thank you!

HOW MUCH DOES THE CONFERENCE COST?

The AMC offers a sliding scale registration rate of $50 - $500 so that the conference can be accessible to as many people as possible. Please support the AMC by giving generously with your registration contribution. The true expense of the AMC is $125 per person. We will consider the registration amount you pay in excess of $125 as a tax-deductible gift to Allied Media Projects.

DO YOU OFFER GROUP RATES?

No.

DO YOU HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS TO HELP ME AFFORD THE CONFERENCE?

We offer a sliding scale registration fee so you can select the rate that you can afford.

CAN I VOLUNTEER MY TIME IN PLACE OF A REGISTRATION FEE?

We definitely need volunteers! We are looking hot 50-75 volunteers who can give a minimum of 5 hours of support time. Volunteers are eligible for a registration waiver.

IS MY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION SECURE WHEN I REGISTER ONLINE?

Your credit card transaction is safe with AMP. Our credit card transactions are processed by Stripe. We use high-grade encryption, secured by GeoTrust, so eavesdropping of your transaction is strongly prevented. In your browser, you can click on the padlock icon either in the url bar on top or the status bar on the bottom to view details of our SSL certification.

 

Program

WHO ATTENDS THE AMC?

The Allied Media Conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of  people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, artists, and beyond!

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONFERENCE?

Over 250 workshops, panels, film screenings, Detroit tours, art and music events, strategy sessions, practice spaces,  karaoke,  bowling, collaborative art and more!

 

Participate

I AM NOT PART OF AN ORGANIZATION. CAN I STILL ATTEND?

Yes. Many people attend the AMC as individuals.

I AM NOT A MEDIA MAKER. CAN I STILL ATTEND?

AMP defines media as anything you use to communicate with the world. You are a media-maker! The AMC is about celebrating and examining ways to use our means of communication more thoughtfully and effectively. There's something here for everyone.

CAN I GET A TABLE IN THE EXHIBITION AREA?

Yes. You can reserve a table when you register for the conference. You have two options: a full table is $80; a half table is $40. Tables are generally 8 feet by 2.5 feet.

WHEN DO I TABLE?

The exhibition area in the Outer Gallery of the Community Arts Building is open for tabling on Friday (8AM-5PM), Saturday (8AM-530PM) & Sunday (10AM-330PM). Times include set-up and clean-up.

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: 

attn: Allied Media Conference
McGregor Memorial Conference Center
Wayne State University
495 Ferry Mall

Detroit, MI 48202 

Make sure you materials arrive one day in advance of the AMC.

Proposing Sessions

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?

A clear connection to media and communications. Our definition of media embodies all of the ways in which we communicate with the world.

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"

HOW ARE AMC SESSIONS SELECTED?

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

MAR 1: Deadline to propose a session
APR 1: Session proposers notified of whether proposal is accepted or declined 
APR 10: Mandatory webinar for all AMC session presenters
APR 17: Final session information due 

MAY 1: Final conference program is announced

JUN 19 - JUN 22: 17th annual Allied Media Conference (woowee!)

CAN I PERFORM AT THE AMC?

Performance slots at the AMC are limited but we are always eager to hear new music. If you want to let us know about your music project, send us your stuff.

CAN I ORGANIZE A CAUCUS FOR A PARTICULAR GROUP TO DISCUSS A PARTICULAR TOPIC?

Absolutely! Caucuses are great ways to informally convene groups, have conversation and build relationships. We do our best to support your networking at the conference. Please submit a session proposal to propose your caucus.

 

PROPOSING TRACKS, PRACTICE SPACES, OR NETWORK GATHERINGS (TPSNG)S

 

WHAT ARE TRACKS, PRACTICE SPACES, AND NETWORK GATHERINGS? 

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.

Read the descriptions of AMC2014's TPSNGs here

WHO SHOULD COORDINATE A TPSNG?

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. 

WHICH SHOULD I PROPOSE? A T, PS, or NG? 

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 DOES BEING A COORDINATOR INVOLVE?

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.

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.

   

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR COORDINATING A TPSNG?

FALL
  • Select and finalize descriptions of TPSNGs.
WINTER
  • Annual coordinator’s meeting in Detroit (usually during MLK weekend)
  • 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 18-21, 2015: 17th annual AMC!

APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?

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.

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.

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 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.