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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...

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Notes on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Oct. 28, 2021

During the summer of 2021, MEDLab joined the Open Source Hardward Association and, at CU Boulder, the Media Archaeology Lab and the ATLAS Institute, to sponsor work on anti-racism in lab settings. These resources, both by LeeLee James and Alicia Gibb, are initial outcomes of that work. They are published...

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"Whatever Colorado Needs Us to Be": The Colorado Sun 2021 Public Benefit Report

Sept. 9, 2021

We at MEDLab are proud to have had the opportunity to produce the 2021 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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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...

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A New Option for the Startups We Love—the E2C video

June 29, 2021

Getting acquired or going public often pits startup founders and investors against the health of their community. We believe businesses need a new option with long-term benefits for all: an "Exit to Community." Start your E2C journey at https://www.e2c.how . Thanks to those who came together to make this happen:...

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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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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Explorations in Governance for Mutual Aid

Dec. 18, 2020

On December 5, 2020, we met with key stakeholders from the Rocky Mountain Mutual Aid Network (RMMAN) to discuss the organizational structure and potential future impact of RMMAN. The stakeholders at RMMAN worked to answer questions about RMMAN’s organizational design: How are decisions made? Who makes the decisions? Who gets...

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Meet the Exit to Community Cohort

Dec. 8, 2020

During the fall of 2020, MEDLab and Zebras Unite organized a cohort of more than two dozen startup founders working toward an " exit to community ." It was led by Sheeza Shah of Zebras Unite and MEDLab Community Fellow Danny Spitzberg. At today's public, online showcase, we heard from...

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