Allied Media Projects

Media strategies for a more just and creative world
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About AMP

  1. Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world.

  2. We convene close to 2,000 people annually in Detroit to develop and exchange strategies through the Allied Media Conference.

  3. The conference is created each year through a participatory design process. Out of the conference emerge new projects, campaigns, and collaborations that continue year round.

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Sponsored Projects

  1. AMP sponsors projects by providing fiscal management, program design, evaluation, fundraising and other support that draws from the capacities we have built after 15 years of producing the AMC.

  2. These "allied media projects" are autonomous and interdependent, working together to grow their own capacity and the capacity of our network as a whole.

  3. Current sponsored projects include Digital Stewards, Detroit Future Schools, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Co.Open, and Complex Movements. Join us – fill out an assessment form for your project.

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Allied Media Conference

  1. The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every Summer in Detroit.

  2. The AMC is a network of networks – social justice organizers, community technologists, transformative artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and many others – all using media in innovative ways.

  3. The 16th annual AMC is June 19-22, 2014 in Detroit. Register today! You can also sponsor the AMC.

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  1. AMPTalk is a discussion and organizing system for the Allied Media Projects network.

  2. We use AMPtalk to coordinate, share, and document Allied Media Conference sessions, tracks, network gatherings, and practice spaces.

  3. Start a discussion on the AMPtalk Newswire or share job postings, grant opportunities, and calls for submissions on the Opportunities board.


  1. Contact us, we'd love to hear from you.

APPLY | Digital Stewards to deploy wireless mesh technology in Detroit

Nov 21, 2013

The Digital Stewards 2014 training program will focus on wireless mesh technology. Wireless mesh networks are local "intranets" that allow neighbors to share Internet connections and develop applications to support community problem-solving. Through this program, you will assess your community’s technology needs and then learn how to facilitate the design, construction, and maintenance of a wireless mesh network in your neighborhood.

Communication is a fundamental human right. The Digital Stewards program envisions a future where all people have equal access to the skills, tools and infrastructure they need to exercise that right. Towards that end, we are growing community-rooted technologists who will facilitate the design and implementation of communication technologies in their neighborhoods. These Digital Stewards are committed to using technology to strengthen human connections to each other and the planet and to foster healthy communities.

Digital Stewards will meet every Thursday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm from February 6 to June 12, 2014. All trainings will take place at the Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third Street.

The curriculum consists of four parts:

  • Demystifying computer hardware, mesh technologies, and the Internet.
  • Community technology and community organizing
  • Network engineering and installing
  • Participating in the Allied Media Conference

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people with skills in community organizing, construction, and/or technology development. It is not necessary to have skills in all three of these areas, although you must have a basic level of comfort and familiarity with computers. It is important that all Digital Stewards understand and are aligned with the Detroit Digital Justice principles. We welcome people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds to apply. We especially encourage people of color, women, girls and gender non-conforming people to apply.

NOTE: Some sessions of Digital Stewards will take place on rooftops. If you are afraid of heights, these sessions may pose a challenge for you. We will do our best to support your full participation in these sessions.

How much does it cost?
The Digital Stewards program is free to Detroit community members. However, we are currently seeking organizational sponsors to help off-set the costs of the program. If you belong to a community organization, church, or small business who would be interested in contributing $200 - $500 to support this training, please have them contact or call (313) 718-2267.

What is expected of me if I am accepted into this program?
You will be expected to attend and participate fully in all scheduled classes and to notify the instructors if you will be absent. Upon completion of the Digital Stewards you will be expected to continue facilitating the usage, governance and maintenance of your mesh network.

How do I apply?
Click here to apply to the program. If you would prefer to fill out this application verbally, call (313)-718-2267 to schedule an appointment. Applications are due Sunday, December 15. We will select and notify participants by December 20.

The Digital Stewards program co-founded by Allied Media Projects, the Open Technology Institute, and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. The 2014 Digital Stewards program in Detroit is hosted in partnership with Boggs Center and Riverside East Congregational Initiative.

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