FAQ.

  • Can I be a member if…

    If you live, or have a business in the Georgia 6th US Congressional District.

    All Members are “vetted” to ensure that they are essentially who they say they are. We do this to ensure the Learning Community gives members opportunities to be honest and frank in their additions to the community. We are dedicated to protecting this space by making sure all members are vetted as appropriate.

  • Do I have to be interested in politics?

    No, you don’t. Some of the starting resources and initiatives for this organization have a focus on politics because that’s what we know best. However, we want to work to increase the usefulness of this Learning Community to creators tc…and whatever else comes next.

  • I’m not in the US. Can I join?

    Absolutely! Just as the internet is global, so is the Internet Creators Guild. Although many of our initial resources will be in English, we hope the ICG is useful to creators of any nationality.

  • What is a “supporting member?”

    If you can support the ICG financially beyond the $60 annual dues, please consider becoming a supporting member. You get the same services as a standard membership and, of course, our thanks for helping us do bigger and better work on behalf of creators everywhere.

  • I’m not a creator, but I work in a related role in the industry… how can I help?

    We’d love for you to contribute expertise, funding, awareness-raising, and partnership on specific projects. Please contact us for more information.

    • MCN employees, lawyers, managers, agents, and other industry professionals can contribute to initiatives, our Knowledge Base and the ICG Publication.
    • Companies or individuals can donate to help fund resources for larger initiatives or purchase bulk memberships for creators.
    • Press can be in touch for research and our perspective on a story about online creators.
    • Related advocacy and policy organizations can discuss partnership opportunities.

    If any of this sounds good to you, you can use our contact form to get in touch.

  • Is this a union?

    The ICG is not currently a traditional union requiring membership and denying work to people who are not members. We are a guild in that we will work together on stuff, but no one has to join. We believe that our dues are well worth the services provided, but you can choose to leave at any time. Though, for financial reasons, we do require yearly subscriptions.

  • Will you offer benefits like {insert other guild or association here}?

    To start, we will be focused on education, support, and advocating on behalf of online creators. In the future this may evolve, but we will not currently provide negotiated rates, work rules, health & worker’s comp insurance, etc. However, if you have an idea for something we should do, let us know!

  • How are board members chosen?

    The first requirement is that we’d seen our board members do something that showed their commitment to the broader community of online video creators. Other than that, we were looking for a group of people that helped make the organization more representative of the extremely broad and diverse group of online creators. We will turn over and expand the board periodically to bring in new perspectives and connections within the industry.

  • What if there’s a member of the ICG who does something awful?

    We are not going to be able to be morality police. There have been a number of times when it’s been discovered that members of the online creative community have misused their power, or committed crimes. Of course, if it becomes clear that a member of the organization has committed violent crimes, we will remove their membership. But this organization is not meant to be an arbiter of what is and is not acceptable conduct, as we are not the legal system.

  • Will you be using this organization to go after X organization?

    The ICG is committed to working with all stakeholders. We will amplify voices and will take positions, but it will always strive to understand the complexity of these issues, explain them to members, and work with other stakeholders to move forward productively.

  • I’m having trouble with my Premiere export…

    ICG staff can’t help you with technical problems. But we will be happy to connect creators to each other for this sort of help through a variety of internet-based platforms.

  • What are Learning Questions?

    Learning Questions are specific things the community or individual wants to learn more about in order to thrive in the 21st Century.
    Learning Questions can be very narrow like “What is the best way to cook chicken on a grill.”  Or learning questions can be very broad like “What is the best Healthcare system for the Georgia 6th District?”  Learning questions could also be very technical, like, “What is the best Wi-Fi Router should I buy?”
    All learning tracks start with a question and an answer.  The community then adds value by suggesting facts, conclusions, and recommended actions that either support the answer to suggest a different answer.
    Learning questions, answers, and value added information is fully editable by the community via a “Wiki” approach.
    Learning questions start with questions, like, “What is the best Healthcare Policy for the community.”  Then one or more answers are proposed, like 1) The best healthcare policy is Medicare for All, or 2) The best healthcare policy is to have no healthcare policy.
    Then the community offers facts, conclusions, and recommended actions that support or counter a particular answer.  Each individual community member can then evaluate the questions and answers and either agree, disagree, and/or suggest why they agree or disagree.
    The reason this can work is that all learning communities agree to use a communication standard that allows better valuation of the require that all participants to the learning tracks be vetted so individuals within the community can better value the contributions.
    And, as with any Wiki, any changes to specific answers or questions must go through a review process.