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Dr. Aaron McKain, M.S.L.

ai ethics | free speech I disinformation | privacy I bi-partisan coalitions I college reform 
professor I advocate I artist & curator I communications strategist
 

Story & Proven
Bi-Partisan Solutions

I left liberal higher education in 2018,
became a diversity hire at a Bible college,

and used 20 years of IP to start
a wildly successful bipartisan and multifaith digital ethics think tank.

Everything works because I started grad school

on 9/11 to build bipartisan solutions

to the inevitable collision between

technology, postmodern American politics, and the Constitution/First Amendment.

This wasn't my team's first rodeo:
We built a multi-campus disinformation fighting network back in 2007 and a free speech

art collective in 2017.

And our story is the story of how higher education collapsed.  And why America will too if someone doesn't step up and Oppenheimer this mess.

Executive Director/Co-Founder
The Institute for Digital Humanity

Creative Director/Co-Founder
The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

Visiting Scholar
OSTROM Workshop, Indiana University

In 2018, I left liberal higher education, became a diversity hire at a Bible college, 
and started a non-partisan and multi-faith digital ethics and free speech think tank.

Everyone thought we were crazy.  But it worked because my teams and I have
been developing a holistic technology solution for 20 years.

I started graduate school on 9/11 to figure out how to fix the inevitable collision of technology,
postmodern political culture, and the Constitution/First Amendment.

But the story of what happened next -- and what happened to hundreds of volunteers, partners,
and students for those two decades -- is the story of how higher education collapsed.
(And how America might if someone doesn't Oppenheimer-up and fix it.)

A BIPARTISAN BLUEPRINT
TO FIX OUR COLLEGES, AI, AND
POST-DIGITAL AMERICA.
 
AT THE SAME TIME.

We have a simple, holistic, 2,000-year-old method to fix the whole mess.  And the Black Mirror meets Dead Poet's Society story -- of citizens putting differences aside and working together -- that Americans desperately needs to hear.

 my students, clients and partners 
for proving that all Americans can stop
canceling each other and 
re-embrace 
our common humanity.

Thank you to

ACLU MINNESOTA
  ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE 
LITTLE EARTH NATIVE HUD COMMUNITY 
CODED BIAS (NETFLIX)   
BYTES MEDIA

TAKE ACTION MINNESOTA
 MN LEGAL RIGHTS CENTER
CIVIC NEBRASKA 
 MN EQUAL JUSTICE RESEARCH CENTER
 MN DEPT. OF HEALTH

SAFETY NOT SURVEILLANCE
 GUNS DOWN, LOVE UP
 PROTECT MN

SECOND CHANCE COALITION 
 URBAN EDUCATORS
RECLAIM THE BLOCK
ACLU NEBRASKA 

Thank you to my clients, partners, and students for proving that all Americans can still come together and re-embrace
our common humanity.

ACLU MINNESOTA
  ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE 
LITTLE EARTH NATIVE HUD COMMUNITY 
CODED BIAS (NETFLIX)   
BYTES MEDIA

TAKE ACTION MINNESOTA
 MN LEGAL RIGHTS CENTER
CIVIC NEBRASKA 
 MN EQUAL JUSTICE RESEARCH CENTER
 MN DEPT. OF HEALTH

SAFETY NOT SURVEILLANCE
 GUNS DOWN, LOVE UP
 PROTECT MN

SECOND CHANCE COALITION 
 URBAN EDUCATORS
RECLAIM THE BLOCK
ACLU NEBRASKA 


EDUCATION AND TRAININGS

NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
 HAMLINE UNIVERSITY  
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
 UNIV OF WISCONSIN: LA CROSSE
 ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
IOWA BAR ASSOCIATION
 NEBRASKA BAR ASSOCIATION 
DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF LITERACY NARRATIVES
 NORTH SUBURBAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 
NORTHEAST SCULPTURE GALLERY
 


MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
 STEVE FLETCHER
ABDI WARSAME 
LATRISHA VETAW
PHILIPE CUNNINGHAM 
 
SAINT PAUL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
MITRA JILALI 
NELSIE YANG 

RICHFIELD, MN CITY COUNCIL 
SIMON TRAUTMANN

MINNESOTA STATE
HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES & SENATORS

 PEGGY SCOTT 
  SCOTT LUCERO 
DR. STEVE JENSEN 
JEREMY MUNSON 
 

A BIPARTISAN BLUEPRINT
TO FIX OUR COLLEGES, AI, AND
POST-DIGITAL AMERICA.
 
AT THE SAME TIME.

We have a simple, holistic, 2,000-year-old method to fix the whole mess.  And the Black Mirror meets Dead Poet's Society story -- of citizens putting differences aside and working together -- that Americans desperately needs to hear.

Forbes / NBC KARE-11: Minneapolis
NBC: Houston, Toledo, Sacramento
Human Lawyer / Next Generation Politics
Omaha World-Herald / AI & You / Our Black News / Nebraska Public Television
Pioneer Press / Nebraska Examiner

NBC KARE-11: MINNEAPOLIS
October 2021

"After Facebook Scandal, Local
College Students Take On Big Tech"

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions
for a just, free, and sane post-digital world for everyone.

We are living through a humanity-defining moment that can alter the course of human history for the better.

We are totally blowing it.  And the experts who got us into this mess don't know how
to get us out of it because the colleges silenced the wrong nerds.

NEWS AND UPDATES: 5/27/24

Dr. McKain is now consulting partners with Trusted AI, led by Pamela Gupta. 

There is still time to fix the AI ethics crisis and the IDH is continuing to
put its proven bipartisan blueprint
in front of elected officials.

Executive Director/Co-Founder
The Institute for Digital Humanity

Visiting Scholar
OSTROM Working Group
Indiana University

Consultant
Anti-Defamation League

Co-Founder
Commonplace (McGraw-Hill)

Two decades of cutting-edge
teaching, curriculum, research, and advocacy to fight for free speech and catalyze allegedly impossible cross-cultural conversations.

Tech Ethics, Policy, Culture, & Law

Actively Headhunted
To lead state and national First Amendment orgs

Currently Working On:
A plug and play K-law school -- plus professional trainings for advocates and attorneys -- interactive
post-digital free speech curriculum
and cross-cultural civic deliberation platform.

Actively Headhunted

To lead state and national

First Amendment orgs

Currently Working On

Leveling up a plug and play k-law school interactive

post-digital free speech

curriculum and cross-cultural civic deliberation platform

Actively Headhunted
To lead state and national
First Amendment orgs

Currently Seeking Investors & Partners On
A plug and play K-law school interactive post-digital free speech curriculum and civic deliberation program.

 

NEWS AND UPDATES: 5/27/24

We are working with investors -- and have 100 national reporters crawling all over websites --
because we have the platform and solutions
to fix the free speech crisis on our colleges.
 

Two decades of cutting-edge teaching, curriculum, research, and advocacy to fight for free speech and catalyze allegedly impossible cross-cultural conversations.

Higher Ed Leadership
& Innovation

Higher ed experience from the adjunct basement to the president's office,
with a Bible college, Fortune 500 company, 
and one of the wokest schools in America
in-between.

My student teams have launched
a disinformation fighting platform, a free speech art colllective, and a bipartisan and multi-faith digital ethics think tank.  Now we want to show you how to fix higher education.

We can still fix our colleges in time.  But we have to move fast.

Experience from the adjunct basement to the President's office, with a Bible college, Fortune 500 company, and one of the wokest schools in America in between.

Artist/Curator
Creative Director/Co-Founder

The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

Creates and Leads
Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural
teams of artists, scholars, and advocates

Strategic PR and Art Exhibitions On:
Digital Civil Rights, Technological Racism, Mental and Physical Health, Disability, Gun Violence, 
 Post-Digital America 

 

Artist/Curator
Creative Director/Co-Founder
The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

Creates and Leads
Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural

teams of artists, scholars,
and advocates

Produces Art About;
Digital Civil Rights, Mental & Physical Health
Disability, Gun Violence,
Post-Digital America

Because art is the answer when words stop working.

Because art is the answer when words stop working.

Arts Advocacy & Creative PR Solutions

I left liberal higher education in 2018,
became a diversity hire at a Bible college,

and used 20 years of IP to start
a wildly successful bipartisan and multifaith digital ethics think tank.

Everything works because I started grad school

on 9/11 to build bipartisan solutions

to the inevitable collision between

technology, postmodern American politics, and the Constitution/First Amendment.

This wasn't my team's first rodeo:
We built a multi-campus disinformation fighting network back in 2007 and a free speech

art collective in 2017.

And our story is the story of how higher education collapsed.  And why America will too if someone doesn't step up and Oppenheimer this mess.

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions for a just, free, and sane post-digital world for everyone

Two decades of cutting-edge
teaching, curriculum, research, and advocacy to fight for free speech and catalyze allegedly impossible cross-cultural conversations.

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