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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...

"Friends making a Mandala" by Cinema Tigers, via Stocksy United

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...

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Introducing the Exit to Community Collective

Feb. 16, 2022

The Exit to Community Collective (E2CC) is working to further the implementation of Exit to Community (E2C) initiatives—efforts to enable startups and other organizations to evolve toward ownership and control by their closest stakeholders. Since 2019, MEDLab has been advancing the E2C idea , particularly in collaboration with Zebras Unite...

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...

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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...

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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...


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...