Katie, I absolutely agree.
I've been following the endless stream of emails and am in awe at the amount of important work that's being done, shared, archived, posted, etc, etc, etc and the discussions that surround it. But it's a little much for me.
I realized there's no content being created in Spanish and have decided to place myself as a liaison between Media and OWS in Spanish. We are organizing to subtitle content and create original content in Spanish as I told all of you earlier. I'm trying to fill a space I saw was empty and bring together a group of people to work towards those ends, but I can't really keep up with the group at large. It's too much at the same time. I trust the general intentions of the collective and the commitment with which many of you are tackling the great purposes that media can have. I'm saying my part when I find it necessary, archiving emails when I don't.
I have nothing but respect and admiration for all of you, but maybe if everyone takes a step back, takes personal initiatives and just uses the group for support making those projects happen, we can all breathe a little easier and get to do what we're passionate about as well. A well-oiled production company/media monitoring center/PR machine is a daunting task to accomplish on the fly and while riding the huge wave that this movement has become.
I have no answers and I know I'm not saying anything that most here haven't thought or acknowledged. Just sharing my opinion.
Keep up the good fight!
On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM, Katie Davison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
hey all -
caught up in an urgent matter.
sorry to not be at the meeting this morning, but thank you for all your thoughts on the charter.
revising and will send out again.
one thing to consider - are we becoming so bogged down in process that we are now mirroring the exact type of beauracratic structures we reject?
meetings meetings meetings...
i don't know about you, but i personally feel castrated creatively and like we, as a team, have not been able to effectively step up and produce the kind of movement building content we should be creating BECAUSE of process.
on some level shouldn't we be empowering autonomy within and without the group?
shouldn't we be focusing on movement building and messaging? shouldn't we be thinking long term, in addition to documenting which is largely reactive... (there is absolutely a place for that but I think media is such a powerful TOOL precisely because it can be so much more than that...)
on some level, as a new movement, I believe the media team is charged with doing everything our power to ensure that this global movement continues to grow and grow and grow.
i don't feel like that has been possible working within the group. I feel like the only people who are truly pumping out content have been working outside the group - and that's a problem.
Our working group should not hinder creativity and forward momentum, it should enable it.
just a thought.
see you all soon.