Published: Aug. 9, 2016

Brianna WettlauferJoin CMCI and the Department of Media Studies for two upcoming events, featuring Stocksy United founder Brianna Wettlaufer. Her Canadian-based photographer-owned stock-photo platform was recently profiled in The New York Times.

The first, a free event, will take place on Sept. 15 on campus. The second requires a small entry fee and will be Sept. 16 downtown at the Impact Hub. Details are below.

"These are unique opportunities for us to consider how to foster democratic, equitable economies in the online media landscape," said Nathan Schneider, scholar in residence.

Power and Ethics in Online Communities
Sept. 15, 5 p.m.
Eaton Humanities 250, CU Boulder
Event page / Facebook event

As member–driven products and services continue to propel companies like Uber and Airbnb, what role do online communities play in the success of a product? Brianna Wettlaufer will speak about how to cultivate an online community that is healthy and engaged, serving as an engine for the success of a business. Through the story of her company’s pivot from crowd-sourcing to shared ownership and collaboration, she will describe the building blocks of an ethics–based business and how they relate to fostering loyalty among members and customers.

Art + Ownership
Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Impact Hub Boulder, 1877 Broadway, Suite 100
Suggested investment: $10 ($5 for Impact Hub members and CU students)
Event page / Facebook event / Eventbrite registration

Who benefits from what we create? What kinds of economies can keep artists from starving while enabling their work to spread freely in the commons? This gathering will bring together innovators and investigators working at the ecotone where art and ownership models meet. Brianna Wettlaufer, founder of the cooperative stock-photo platform Stocksy United, will show how her company has put photographers back in charge. We’ll also hear from local arts organizations with a legacy to build on, as well as up-and-coming projects that need our ideas and support to continue carving out pioneering new models. Come to learn and to contribute.

Both events are organized under the aegis of media studies and CMCI's new Media Enterprise Group.