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A regenerative policy agenda

March 28, 2023

Together with the Doughnut Economics Action Lab, MEDLab has just released a new resource on policy that could turn community ownership into the new normal in the economy, Regenerative Business Rising: How Policy Can Create an Economy Led by a Different Kind of Company . This tool is for policy-makers,...

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Now Available: "Sacred Stacks: The Art of Cyborg Community"

March 22, 2023

During the second half of 2022, MEDLab led seven communities to explore together the needs, ethics, and challenges of emerging decentralized technologies. What began as an errant search for practical tools became an exploration of ritual, relationship, and poetics. This fully illustrated, 80-page zine compiles reflections and learnings from the...

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MEDLab Co-Hosts "A People's History of Twitter"

March 7, 2023

From the event page : ​Thursday, March 16, 9–10:30 AM Pacific, via Zoom ​While Twitter is in crisis, another generation of social media is emerging. But before we decide to stay or go or divide our attention across more platforms, we first need to figure out what we expect –...

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New Study Reveals Conditions among Colorado Rideshare Drivers

Nov. 29, 2022

$5.49 per hour. That’s how much, on average, rideshare drivers in the Boulder-Denver Metro area earn, per hour, after accounting for expenses. In contrast, the minimum hourly wage in Denver is as of 2022 is $15.87. Rideshare drivers, unlike minimum wage workers, are independent contractors which means that they are...

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Introducing Crypto Wake, an Archive of Deceased Crypto Projects

Oct. 23, 2022

What be learned from crypto projects that failed in practice but bear important lessons for future designs? Life in the world of blockchains and cryptocurrencies moves quickly. Projects come and go. In markets full of volatility and speculation, success or failure is not always the clearest indicator of the quality...

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"Corner to Corner and Wall to Wall": The Colorado Sun 2022 Public Benefit Report

Sept. 6, 2022

We at MEDLab are proud to have had the opportunity to produce the 2022 Public Benefit Report for the Colorado Sun, a pioneering, journalist-owned news organization that is strengthening the information ecosystem statewide. This report helps fulfill the Sun's obligation as a Colorado Public Benefit Corporation, an incorporation structure that...

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CommunityRule Refactor Now Online

May 20, 2022

Background Last year, Smart Contract Research Forum provided a grant to CommunityRule, an open-source Web app led by MEDLab at CU Boulder meant to serve as an interface for community governance design. The project was led by Deacon Rodda at SQGLZ , and I have already shared Deacon’s brilliant reflections...

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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...

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Now You Can Support MEDLab with Crypto

March 17, 2022

Everyone seems to have an opinion about blockchains and cryptocurrencies these days; we have lots of them ourselves. Above all, we see these technologies as an open question, where organizational designs of the future are being invented—sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. One Colorado-based blockchain project we have worked with...

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Open Call: Bring Decentralized Tools to Your Community

Feb. 21, 2022

What are the consequences of relying on tools controlled by someone else? Often those in control are corporations whose values may differ from those of the communities that rely on them. Debates are escalating among artists, activists, and technologists about buzzwords like "decentralization," the "metaverse," and "web3," but can any...