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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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Conference: Local Tech Ecologies

August 8, 2023, University of Colorado Boulder. What if we valued local technology the way we value local food and local businesses?

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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 the Capital for Cooperatives Act

September 20, 2021 10-11 am Mountain Time Free webinar Watch here In May, Colorado Sen. John Hickenlooper introduced the Capital for Cooperatives Act , an historic proposal for opening the doors of the Small Business Administration to cooperatives of all kinds. If made law, this bill would enable member-owned businesses...

Alt-Startup: Intro to Nonprofits and Community Ownership

January 22, 2020 3-5 p.m. Mountain Time Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), E422 A workshop for New Venture Challenge participants How can you anchor your startup to a social mission? How can you make it accountable long-term to the communities it is meant to serve? This session, led...

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The Quiet Media Revolution in Longmont

Dec. 19, 2019

When the Longmont Observer responded to a request-for-proposals for control over the city’s public access channels, the team wasn’t sure they’d win. The contract had been held by another organization for over 30 years, and most assumed it was unlikely to change hands. But the Observer presented an unusual idea,...