Media Economies Design Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder

Get your copy of our new zine, Sacred Stacks: The Art of Cyborg Community

Sacred Stacks album coverDuring 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 Sacred Stacks cohort.

The result, if we may say so, is beautiful.

Thanks to a partnership with Metalabel—the new project of a Kickstarter co-founder and a co-op veteran, and other talented folks—we are releasing the zine as a limited-edition NFT. The proceeds will go to the participating communities and contributors. But the zine is also free for everyone. Get yours here:

Collect the NFT record at Metalabel

Download a digital copy

Request a free print copy

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Live event: Brandi Collins-Dexter and Joan Donovan on "Meme Wars"

This event features two Harvard-based scholar-activsts who take seriously media that others would prefer to ignore, from the utterances of Kanye West to online havens of White nationalism. Together, they will guide an exploration of how the tactics and ideas circulating in some of culture's most dangerous spaces could be shaping the political possibilities of the future.

Brandi Collins-Dexter is associate director of research at the The Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC) housed in Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Her first book, Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future, explores Black participation in democracy and the US economy, with particular focus on the role technology, media and economics play in improving or deteriorating community health. Dr. Joan Donovan is the Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. She is the co-author of Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America

Come in person at CU Boulder, at Hale Science 270 on April 12 at 5 p.m. Details here.

This event is made possible by a gift from the Moon Song Fund.

Podcast: How is crypto taking hold in India?

Our radio show, Looks Like New, airs across Colorado's Front Range on the fourth Thursday of every month on KGNU radio. Here's what to listen for this Thursday:

Being an entrepreneur in the international cryptocurrency market involves numerous challenges—from government regulations to cultural context. These challenges play out very differently around the world. The conversation revolves around cryptocurrency in India, web3 entrepreneurship, and cryptocurrency technology-based arcades for gamers. Nikita Menon speaks with Siddharth Menon, a founder of various startups including Tegro, WazirX, and Crowdfire. He shares his experiences as a serial entrepreneur and highlights how blockchain can shape the future of diverse industries around the world, from art to gaming.

Listen at KGNU radio or subscribe to the podcast