Now that the formal get-together sessions that were held over the summer for Leicester Stories have finished, we’ve had some conversations about what to do next, and how to help support and connect people who are interested in using different forms of community media for positive social change.
We’ve come up with an idea of setting up a Community Media Club, so we can run some regular sessions, both online and in person, related to developing and supporting people who are interested in using DIY and community media to support their communities and neighbourhoods as we face the challenge of things like climate crisis, social fragmentation, economic change, inequality, social identity challenges and civic representation, and many more challenges that we need to be responding to and planning for in the future – such as AI, blockchain, decentralised media, and so on.
To start the ball rolling, provisional dates for the initial community media club sessions are:
- Weekly Zoom Session: Tuesday 6pm – 7.30pm – starting Tuesday 7th September 2021 (drop in as needed for a chat and catch up).
- Podcast Recording: Every Two Weeks 6pm – 7.30pm – starting Tuesday 15th September 2021, at the Documentary Media Centre (with others recorded online as needed).
- Social Evening: Last Thursday of the Month 6pm – 9pm starting Thursday 30th September 2021 at the Documentary Media Centre (with a guest presentation and discussion which can be shared online).
Invitations for both online and in-person sessions will be sent only to Decentered Media Patreon subscribers, with the subscription fees (starting at £1 per month) used to cover refreshments, room hire, guest speaker travel costs, and hosting fees.
Patreon subscribers will also get access to the Decentered Media Forum, with access to private channels that aren’t available to general users of the forum, so we can share links, updates and information about what’s happening across the spectrum of community media, both here in the UK and internationally.
Subscribers will also get first look access to the shared videos of our events and discussions via private content on YouTube.
It would be great if we can share good examples of community media that demonstrate how creative, inventive, inclusive and diverse our practices and approaches are. Being committed to open discussion in a safe space for responsible and accountable conversations is much needed, especially after the recent lockdowns, and is something we have to nurture if we are to counter the polarisation and antagonism of social media platforms.
The idea, then, is to start with these first set of activities and see how we get along. We can change and adapt what we do based on our conversations and discussions.