Urban Political Podcast

Digital Community Organizing (AfterCorona #1)

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In a moment of self-isolation and physical distancing, digital media promises ongoing civic deliberation and community organizing. Nathan Schneider helps us explore the role of social media for mutual aid and peer production in times of corona. He elaborates on the key decision we face between subscribing to corporate platforms and digital cooperatives that are accountable to local communities.

This is the first episode of the series "#AfterCorona: Advancing Urban Society" in which we discuss what our confrontation with the corona-pandemic reveals about the urban fabric and how our lives are transforming. We pick apart opportunities and threats of this crisis for emancipatory politics. If you have a question for our guests, please do get in touch with us via email, twitter or Instagram. At the end of each month, we will give them the chance to respond in this podcast.


Nathan Schneider is a journalist and an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads the Media Enterprise Design Lab. His most recent book is Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy.