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Making the CommunityRule Library Searchable

May 7, 2024

Creating an effective way for users to navigate and utilize an online platform with extensive content can be a challenge, particularly for new users unfamiliar with the site’s structure. This was the case with CommunityRule , our online tool that hosts a growing library of user-created governance designs and existing...

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New in CommunityRule: User Login, Rule Editing, and More

April 3, 2024

CommunityRule is a tool that helps make communities better by providing a central place where people can create and share governance designs for their communities. It offers nine simple templates for setting up community structures. Communities can follow, modify, or even decide not to use these templates. They are meant...

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Now We Know: Exit to Community Is Possible

Jan. 3, 2024

Back in 2019, I made a plea: “ Startups Need a New Option: Exit to Community .” In some circles, at least, the argument quickly caught on. This is because, for startup companies, an exit through an acquisition or public offering is the goal that all else points toward. It...

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“Not Just for Those Who Can Pay”: The Colorado Sun 2023 Public Benefit Report

Sept. 29, 2023

We at MEDLab are proud to have had the opportunity to produce the 2023 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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Recap: Local Tech Ecologies Conference

Aug. 28, 2023

Photo gallery On August 8, 2023, approximately fifty people from across the Rocky Mountain Front Range convened at the University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder. They came for “ Local Tech Ecologies ,” a regional conference celebrating technology designed to empower local communities. After MEDLab director...

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Special Issue: Afterlives of the Californian Ideology

Aug. 15, 2023

In the International Journal of Communication , MEDLab director Nathan Schneider co-edited a special issue with Andreas Hepp and Anne Schmitz of the University of Bremen. The issue revisits the landmark mid-1990s essay "The Californian Ideology" by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, a critique of the political economy then emerging...

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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...