Here are the minutes of the book project meeting today.
Hello, all –
Great to meet you, and I’m really looking forward to our work together! I created us a group email and a Google Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following is a summary of what we discussed tonight.
What the book is:
- · The book is a collaborative project by/about the occupiers of wall street. This isn’t a book about what’s happened over the past month – though we hope to cover major events/turning points – but rather about the experience of being involved in the movement. To this end, the core of the book will be in describing, not analyzing, life at Liberty Square.
- · Colin envisions structuring the book around the structure of the camp: chapters on the kitchen, clean up, medical centers etc. We would also talk about the structure of the movement, making sure to describe how the GA works and how working groups help ensure that OWS’ organization remains accessible and transparent. Lastly, we find it important to mention (possibly in the introduction?) how we’re going about writing the book and to note that the book is itself a product of the way OWS functions and negotiates all aspects of the movement.
- · We would gather stories from as wide a group of participants as possible, with emphasis on those heavily involved and making sure to include minority groups, in order to write an inclusive narrative that makes everyone’s voice clear. We’d want the book to reflect the inclusion that we all experience on the ground every day.
- · Ultimately, we want to convey the spirit of the movement and transmit to readers the feeling of being in Liberty Square – and we want to do so in a way that does not limit the movement, and that also allows us to provide a snapshot (that could be possibly be updated in the future) of OWS.
Way we plan to tackle the project (structure of writing it):
- · Colin and I will announce the project at the GA tomorrow, and will invite OWS to come to the subcommittee meeting Friday at 8.30pm. We’ll also hand out flyers with information about the book, and with a reminder about the meeting time.
- · The subcommittee (part of Education and Empowerment) will be the entity in charge of long-term planning and will report to Colin. There are two important pieces of the subcommittee: interviewing, which will take 2 weeks, and writing, which will take another two weeks. The most important thing to get across in the meeting is the incredible time crunch here, given the fact that we need a draft in a month and that the project will be done by 17 December.
- · Interviewing is the heart of the process, and we’ll be taking great pains to make sure we talk to everyone involved. The key thing here is to meet with other committees, to reach out to other working groups (like the archives committee, though this is just one of the many we’ll be talking to) so we can rely on their expertise, use some of their resources, and hear about their experiences with OWS. We also hope to bring in an expert on the art of interviewing to help people understand not only what questions to ask, but how they can make their subjects feel comfortable, empowered, and in control of their information. Colin’s proposed deadline for completed writing is 3 November.
- · The next step is writing, but sorting out how that will work is something that will happen in committee. Colin’s proposed deadline for completed writing is 17 November.
I think that’s everything – please let me know if I left anything out! See you soon,