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Meet the Sacred Stacks Cohort

April 23, 2022

In February, we announced an open call for Sacred Stacks, an invitation to " Bring Decentralized Tools to Your Community ." We were astonished by the response. Around fifty communities applied for only three available slots. Clearly, there is a widespread need and curiosity for support in exploring emerging technologies...

Example CommunityRule module for voting created in Blockly.

Designing Community Governance with Blockly

Feb. 14, 2022

CommunityRule is a Web app we've been building at MEDLab to help communities design, edit, and share their own governance systems. You can think about it as an effort to re-think the idea of bylaws in an Internet-native way. It's something that could be useful for all kinds of virtual...

Screenshot of dashboard for an org in Modpol.

Introducing Modpol, a Game Mod for Governance

Jan. 28, 2022

Modpol is a self-governance toolkit for communities in online worlds. We are creating the first implementation in a multiplayer game called Minetest . Consider a group of friends meeting for a picnic in the park. How do they make decisions, such as where to lay down their blanket, or when...

Excavations: Governance Archaeology for the Future of the Internet poster

Excavations Gallery Arrives at the UN Internet Governance Forum

Dec. 9, 2021

MEDlab is proud to launch Excavations: Governance Archaeology for the Future of the Internet , an online art exhibition and discursive space, exploring the future of the Internet through the past and present of human self-governance. It has resulted from the collaboration spanning the last six months of an artist...

Example of a more graphical interface for CommunityRule, where the user drags and drops rectangular modules and adds contextual information about them.

What Should an Interface for Designing Governance Do?

Nov. 1, 2021

This post was originally written for the Smart Contract Research Forum and is cross-posted there . The user experience for most organizational governance is pretty lousy. In meatspace, it generally consists of impenetrable legal prose that, in order to be precise, loses meaning for most people who have to use...

Cover of Community Rules: Simple Templates for Great Communities

Community Rules: Simple Templates for Great Communities

July 15, 2021

Download here Creating communities has never been easier. Online social networks enable groups to form among people who might never otherwise meet—across borders, even within neighborhoods, and around common causes that might otherwise remain isolated and underground. Getting involved in a community can be as easy as pressing “join.” But...

Excavations: Governance Archaeology for the Future of the Internet

Meet the Excavations Cohort

July 13, 2021

Image source: Questions and Answers - Audel’s New Electric Library (1938). Scan is courtesy of the Media Archaeology Lab . MEDlab is pleased to announce that the Excavations: Governance Archaeology for the Future of the Internet cohort has formed. Initiated by MEDlab and King’s College London, the cohort will facilitate...

Open Call: Excavations: Governance Archaeology for the Future of the Internet

Excavations: Governance Archaeology for the Future of the Internet

A multimodal conversation Image source: Questions and Answers - Audel’s New Electric Library (1938). Scan is courtesy of the Media Archaeology Lab . After a full year of almost every facet of life porting online, the stakes of governing online communities and infrastructures have never been higher. As a contribution...

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Mutualist Infrastructure: A Conversation with Sara Horowitz

Thursday, May 20, 2021 1-2 p.m. Mountain Time Free webinar Watch As the US federal government considers once-in-a-generation investments in infrastructure, is it possible to also enable a new commitment to a democratic economy? In this conversation, celebrating the publication of Sara Horowitz's new book Mutualism , we will explore...

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Implicit Feudalism: Why Online Communities Still Haven’t Caught Up with My Mother’s Garden Club

Jan. 8, 2021

Alongside whatever else mothers and sons talk about, I have begun receiving regular updates on the governance of my mother’s neighborhood garden club. They make me jealous. The club has survived from the heyday of suburban housewives—which my mother, as a retired government employee, never was. She is currently her...

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