#699 - Mindy Seu, Improbable Futures & Everyday Eyebombing 👀
Season 5 signals the beginning of a new adventure for Protein Community — by combining the collective intelligence of our incredible members with the extensive experience and knowledge of Protein Agency to collaboratively tackle the next Dirty Word report. The topic, fittingly, is Community and it won’t be like anything you’ve seen from us before.
Historically these reports have been created in-house, so for the first time, our members will have the opportunity to be part of the process — earning, learning, and growing together — with all contributions being recognised and rewarded on-chain and in the final report.
So, do you have an insatiable urge to explore the past, present, and future of Community? Are you an incredibly talented researcher or strategist looking for a project you’re going to still be talking about in 5 years’ time? Perhaps you’re a designer or a copywriter with an interest in applying your skills in a new way? Or maybe you’re culturally curious and looking for a new community to explore and learn from? If any of this sound like your bag …
Inspired by the responses from our recent Supplement survey, we’ve categorised our links to reflect how you find them in our Discord, so we trust you like the new format:
🎤・stories of growth
At the very end of last year, we had the absolute pleasure of speaking to Mindy Seu, editor, and gatherer of the Cyberfeminism Index — an evolving, collaborative archive of projects working towards cyberfeminist futures dating from 1985 to today. We discussed the evolution of the project and what community means to her and as a Supplement subscriber, you get the first read and listen:
Nick Cave’s response to a fan ChatGPT written song, “It sucks”
Getty Images is suing Stable Diffusion
NYC bans students and teachers from using ChatGPT as does Stack Overflow
Consistency. The last memo of Calvino (Written by AI)
Stuck with your chat prompts? Look no further …
Who knew we needed AI calligraphy …
Michael Running Wolf is using AI to reclaim forgotten Native languages
AI’s art school problem, it can’t do hands
“Help, my AI is sexually harassing me!”
The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok by Cory Docrow is worth a read
Online communities are creating their own proof in a vacuum of truth
Seed Club on the future of communities
Zoe Scaman on the importance of communities is worth a listen
Co:Creation documents the collaborative design process of building digital worlds (german language)
Daniel Ospina on the difference between communities, groups and networks
Unpacking Olivetti's utopian organisation model
There’s something we could all learn about community on Ikaria
The lack of 3rd spaces and the false promises of community at work
We want to live in this improbable future
A very handy Figma containing all of the Web3 design principles
Animizer is a complete solution for GIF and APNG creation
SlowMo is designed to help people with psychosis
SOOT makes Pinterest look shite
Decoding your creative fete
Post-growth transition, working time reduction, and the question of profits
Activists sue Danone over its use of plastics
We’re 💚 Reading FC’s new football strip
More than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets are worthless
MIT study finds emissions from self-driving cars could be a big problem
We’re loving this short film from gal-dem exploring home and heritage
Polyamory isn’t perfect, but neither is monogamy
Sofia Pranteras from Aries and its relationship with youth culture
Is it time to rethink Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?
Mymind is an extension for your mind and it’s mindblowing
Which beauty subculture will you belong to in the metaverse?
An amazing 1977 clip of Marshall McLuhan talking about identity in the digital age
Who knew eyebombing would bring us so much joy 👀
Google Calendar, but it shows the actual cost of each meeting
In 1996, spending 30 hours a week on the computer made you an "addict"
Someone made a machine that only lets you type LOL if you actually LOL’d 🤣
Trippin 50 is a cultural calendar “for a new world”
Why does every deli look the same?
If you’re looking to kill a couple of hours, hit the British Culture Archive
How Noma made fine dining far worse
theyrule.net visualizaies the nepotism between board members of US companies
This Trinix post is pure vibes ✨
Mythologies is Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter new orchestral album
Common Wealth is a think-tank for the future
The internet is shifting from ads to artifacts
If there’s one thing to read, it’s Matt Klein’s 2023 META Trending Trends
And once you’ve read it, join the free workshop at 5pm UK time today
It’s Nice That’s Lazy Report is definitely talking to us
Diversity in the Metaverse report continues the important conversation
Forefront coming through with their Year in Review for Tokenised Communities
Will the future of DAOs be powered by AI?
Smart contracts are the new social contracts
This is a must-read for all you DAO operators out there in web3
The Future of DAOs, Part 3 analyzes the role of cultural capital within Web3
“There are two kinds of forecasters: those who don’t know, and those who don’t know they don’t know.” – John Kenneth Galbraith
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