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professor | executive director 
artist & curator I communications strategist I consultant I coach

Dr. Aaron McKain, M.S.L.

professor | advocate | executive director I artist & curator | communication strategist

Dr. Aaron McKain, M.S.L.

Technology Ethics, Policy, & Law
Free Speech
Bipartisan Coalition Building
Education Leadership & Innovation
Arts Advocacy & Creative PR Solutions

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions

for a just, free, and sane post-digital world

for everyone

The problem is code and culture.

And if we don't fix it now
-- or keep letting partisan hacks on both sides program in their ideological insanity --
we're all screwed.

Education Entreprenuer
& Higher Ed Revolutionary

Whether working as a professor, a Director of a School, or a speechwriter for Time Magazine's  "University President of the Year,"  Dr. McKain has spent twenty years revolutionizing his (sometimes not so small) corners of higher education.

 20 Years of Proven Solutions

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Institute for Digital Humanity


CO-FOUNDER

Commonplace
 

In 2018
 I left liberal higher education and became a diversity hire at a Evangelical college
to bring the left and right --
and
Christians, Muslims, and Jewish-Americans -- together to:
 fight against the technology tearing us apart
and
 try to fix the free speech crisis
destroying our colleges. 

Me, my new students, and a childhood friend from across the aisle
started the Institute for Digital Humanity.

Everyone thought we were crazy. 
Here's the crazier thing: It worked.

Technology Ethics, Policy, & Law

Free Speech & Academic Freedom

Bipartisan Coalition Building

Education Leadership & Innovation
Arts Advocacy & Creative PR Soutions

We Offer a Range of Services to Meet All Types of Needs

OUR SERVICES

Proven plug-and-play free speech curricula and compliances solutions to network diverse students, catalyze constructive civic dialogue and protect faculty.

SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

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Artists, Curators, and Critics

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Companies and Platforms

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SITE MANAGEMENT

ACLU MN I ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE

RECLAIM THE BLOCK I URBAN EDUCATORS

LITTLE EARTH NATIVE HUD COMMUNITY

NATIVE YOUTH ARTS CENTER

INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITY IPROJECT MN

SECOND CHANCE MN

GUNS DOWN, LOVE UP

INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITY

NORTH SURBURBAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY I HAMLINE UNIVERSITY

THE DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF LITERACY NARRATIVES

Free Speech and Bi-Partisan Coalition Building

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

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions

for a just, free, and sane post-digital world

for everyone

Me, my new students, and a childhood friend from across the aisle
started the Institute for Digital Humanity.

Everyone thought we were crazy. 
Here's the crazier thing: It worked.

Empowering Students to Fix The World
(and Protect the First A

Amendment) Since X.
 

First Amendment




 

since 2003.

Executive Director
The Institute for Digital Humanity

Creative Director/Co-Founder

The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

Fighting for a just, free, and sane digital future for

since 2003.

since 2003.

Fighting for a just, free, and sane digital future for

since 2003.

since 2003.

Fighting for a just, free, and sane digital future for

Fighting for a just, free, and sane digital future for

since 2003.

working for a just, free, and sane
digital world for everyone
since 2003

Fighting for a just, free, and sane digital future for

since 2003.

Millions are sick.  And silenced.  

Fighting for a just, free, and sane digital future for

since 2003.

Millions are sick.  And silenced.  

Fighting for a just, free, and sane digital future for

since 2003.

Strategy

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Execution

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Data Advisory

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It’s all about a dialogue

A few words from our clients. See client stories for more.

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Maria Goncavales, CFO
Laderate

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Michael Soveign

Seven Energy

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Jeffrey Cohen, CEO
Nato Productions

Dr. McKain's Partners and Clients

CZONG MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

TWIN CITIES ZINE FEST

FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK

ELY CENTER FOR THE ARTS,

NORTHEAST SCULPTURE GALLERY

ELY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PROJECT PROJECT

ACLU MN I ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE

RECLAIM THE BLOCK I URBAN EDUCATORS

LITTLE EARTH NATIVE HUD COMMUNITY

NATIVE YOUTH ARTS CENTER

INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITY IPROJECT MN

SECOND CHANCE MN

GUNS DOWN, LOVE UP

INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITY

NORTH SURBURBAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY I HAMLINE UNIVERSITY

THE DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF LITERACY NARRATIVES

Technology Ethics, Policy,
Politics, Culture, & Law

Technology Ethics, Policy, & Law
Free Speech & Academic Freedom
Bipartisan Coalition Building
Education Leadership & Innovation
Arts Advocacy & Creative PR Solutions

My story at the moment:

In 2018 I left liberal higher education and became a diversity hire at a Evangelical college to bring the left and right --and Christians, Muslims, and Jewish-Americans -- together to
(a)  fight against the technology tearing us apart
(b) try to fix the free speech crisis destroying our colleges. 

Me, my new Jesus-loving students, and a childhood friend from across the aisle
started the Institute for Digital Humanity.

Everyone thought we were crazy.  Here's the crazier thing: It worked.

And then a bullet came flying through my living room window and everything went to hell.
Now we're back.

Me, my new Jesus-loving students, and a childhood friend from across the aisle
started the Institute for Digital Humanity.

Everyone thought we were crazy.  Here's the crazier thing: It worked.

The problem is code and culture.

THE IDH IS A BIPARTSIAN BLUEPRINT
TO FIX POST-DIGITAL AMERICA


And our Black Mirror meets Dead Poet's Society story is so bananas we are currently writing a book. 

NBC KARE-11: MINNEAPOLIS

FORBES I OMAHA WORLD HERALD
NBC AFFILIATES
(TOLEDO, HOUSTON, SACREMENTO)
HUMAN LAWYER I PIONEER PREESS
NEXT GENERATION POLITICS I AI & YOU

PRESS AND MEDIA

Technology Ethics,
Policy, & Law

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions

for a just, free, and sane post-digital world

for everyone