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    2727== Convergence Center ==
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    29 One of our first projects was to find Alioune and begin looking at options for housing for the IMC house. We didn't anticipate doing this task, however, due to delays in Sphinx arrival, we took it on.
     29From the beginning of our arrival in Dakar, our team was tasked with housing for the IMC house. This task wasn't anticipated but, due to delays in Sphinx arrival we took it on. After several days of looking, we signed a contract for the IMC media House plus two extra apartments to accommodate more than 50 people. The costs were about $3500. The negotiations were a group effort on our part. It went well - although there was some grumbling. The "mattresses" are 1 inch foam pads, so things are pretty cramped and a bit un-comfortable. We're returning tomorrow morning and will have a better sense.
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    31 After several days of looking, we signed a contract for the IMC media House plus two extra apartments. I made an executive MFPL decision to front the money for the house because there was no other alternative.  The costs will be about $3500. The negotiations were a group effort on our part.
     31All participants met twice daily (morning and evening) and organized one another into committees on finance, program, welfare - which was later sub-divided into food committee and infrastructure committee - and, conflict resolution. The first two days were dedicated to organizing and smooth operation of the house. Molefi from South Africa was the chair and Joseph worked really hard, taking responsibility for the finances and the trips to the market. He's been setting his alarm for 7:00 am to receive the bread every morning, and skipping activities to go on the purchasing trips to the market. He's also provided diplomacy and stability to the committees.
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    33 We get the first apartment starting February 1 (for delegates arriving early). We move into the house and second apartment on February 2. We've paid for our current apartment through February 14, so we are working on finding other Social Forum organizers to stay in our rooms during the convergence center period so we can offset our costs.
     33During the first week on Thursday and Friday we did workshops in the house, ranging from general reporting workshops to our workshops on posting to the imc-africa.mayfirst.org web site, a workshop taught by Ross and Mallory. The imc-africa.mayfirst.org website was developed by Ross for initial use during our trainings. However, it became our main production site for the house during the forum and was a huge success thanks to link sharing by many of our allies. The imc-africa site has very well-received among the delegates and seems to have been a big hit with people watching from afar. It's been extremely useful as a unifying point for the house, and source of excitement and pride. The site was a bit controversial from an IMC stand-point because typically there is a formal process for creating an official IMC site that we didn't follow, but we haven't received any concrete critiques.
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    35 We've proposed the two convergence center projects to the IMC Africa list. We await feedback. Sphinx and Amy are enthusiastic about them. Once we have some positive feedback, we'll need to schedule them (pick dates), propose the USSF one to the USSF and start publicizing the other. Realistically, we probably won't have more than a week advance notice. We will try to finalize the details as soon as possible - maybe by tuesday.
     35In addition, Jamie taught a workshop on video streaming and posting videos to the wsftv.net web site, which led to several videos being posted.
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    37 All 30 people arrived tuesday, including the 15 member Nigerian contigent (12 women). We were not expecting them, so it's been chaotic.  We managed to get the house 1 day early to accomodate them. We thought people were mostly arriving tomorrow.
     37On Saturday, Mallory chaired the Goree Island field trip committee. Goree Island was the last port in Africa for the slave trade.
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    39 Fabian scrambled to get dinner for 30 (people were hungary). We had a brief meeting with everyone. Joseph and I represented. It went well - although there was some grumbling. The "mattresses" are 1 inch foam pads, so things are pretty cramped and a bit un-comfortable. We're returning tomorrow morning and will have a better sense.
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    41 Wednesday we started meeting and getting organized in to committees (finance, program, welfare - which was later sub-divided into food committee and infrastructure committee, conflict resolution).
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    43 We spent most of the first two days trying to get organized and smoothly operate the house. Molefi from South Africa was the chair - and Joseph worked really hard, taking responsibility for the finances and the trips to the market. He's been setting his alarm for 7:00 am to receive the bread every morning, and skipping activities to go on the purchasing trips to the market. He's also provided diplomacy and stability to the committees (lot's to talk about - as Ross has explored, the division of Africans along lines of spicy food is quite remarkable).
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    45 Thursday and Friday we did workshops in the house - ranging from general reporting workshops to our workshops on posting to the imc-africa.mayfirst.org web site (which Ross busted his ass to complete Wednesday night and has been really leading the development of the site).
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    47 The imc-africa site has very well-received among the delegates and seems to have been a big hit with people watching from afar. It's been extremely useful as a unifying point for the house, and source of excitement and pride. 
    48 
    49 It's a bit controversial from an IMC stand-point since there's a formal process for creating an official IMC site that we didn't follow, but we haven't received any concrete critiques.
    50 
    51 In addition, I taught a workshop on video streaming and posting videos to the wsftv.net web site, which led to several videos being posted.
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    53 On Saturday, Mallory chaired the Goree Island field trip committee (Goree Island was the last port in Africa for the slave trade).
     39We organized one convergence center event at the IMC house on the topic of alternative media, which included participation from many people at the IMC house.
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    5541== USSF ==
    5642
    57 We proposed a web cast report back for Tuesday night, 7:00 pm eastern to the NPC list and we've verbally confirmed with Ahmina to move forward with it.  We've been invited by Jermoe and Waldo to meet tomorrow at 5:00 pm at the Radisson Blue.
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    59 The web cast went off well - with a good crowd from Detroit asking questions remotely. We were successful despte the fact that the hotel had no Internet (we used a cell phone 3G modem loaned by the IMC Africa house) and we had very poor lighting.
     43Jamie and Mallory helped to host a web cast report back for Tuesday night, 7:00 pm EST with Detroit to Dakar representatives at a nearby hotel. The NPC was notified and various people attending Dakar from the USSF were consulted about the format and participation. The web cast went off well with a good crowd from Detroit asking questions remotely. We were successful despte the fact that the hotel had no Internet. We used a cell phone 3G modem loaned by the IMC Africa house. The biggest challenge was our poor lighting and sound issues. We mitigated the low sound by using transcription in the chat box of the live streaming page.
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    6145== Collaborations ==
    6246
    63 Our main goal was to use our unique position and relationship to various groups to cement those relationships. In this regard, I think we were very successful.
     47Our main goal was to use our unique position as organizers with the USSF, WSF, and IMC to both create new relationships and strengthen ongoing relationships. In this regard, I think we were very successful.
    6448
    6549Mallory conveyed the importance of the IMC convergence center to the WSF communications committee extremely well, leading to a large group from the communications commission to come to the house Saturday night, where she expertly facilitated a meeting of over 50 people translated into three languages resulting in a commitment for the IMC Africa to partner with Ciranda (one of the WSF associated web projects).
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    67 The next day, during the march, Ciranda and IMC'ers together carried a banner proclaiming the right to communication - a point mentioned by Ciranda at the WSF communications commission meeting.
     51The next day, during the march, Ciranda and IMC'ers together carried a banner proclaiming the right to communication, a politically unifying point that was mentioned by Ciranda at the IMC meeting with the WSF Communications Commission.
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    69 The fact that IMCers were posting videos to wsftv.net was also acknowledged several times by Antonia from wsftv.net - another successful linkage that would not have happened without our intervention.
     53The fact that IMC'ers were posting videos to wsftv.net was also acknowledged several times by Antonio from wsftv.net, which was another successful linkage that would not have happened without our intervention.
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    71 And, through Mallory's organizing at the IMC convergence center, we had a sub-group to discuss what we wanted to bring to the communications assembly. Amazingly, we brought about a dozen people from the house to the assembly, and had about 4 or 5 people from the house testify at the assembly, a fact not missed by the communications commission.
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    73 As you know, we completed the video/chat with Ahimina and Will. That was our only official USSF interaction. We probably should write some kind of report to the USSF about all of our activities, including the web cast.
     55And, through Mallory's organizing at the IMC convergence center, we had a sub-group to discuss what we wanted to bring to the communications assembly. Amazingly, we brought more than a dozen people from the house to the assembly, and had about 4 or 5 people from the house testify at the assembly, a fact not missed by the communications commission.
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    7557And, we met with the GGJ delegation before the social forum, and conducted a web cast of the event they organized on the Tunisian uprising.
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