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

Dr. Aaron McKain, M.S.L.

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

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

Because the problem is code, culture, and Constitutional norms.

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.

In 2018
 I left liberal higher education and became a diversity hire at an Evangelical college
to try to fix this AI ethics
and college free speech mess.

The goal was to bring the left and right
--and Christians, Muslims, 

and Jewish-Americans --
back together to:

fight against the technology and toxic

political culture
tearing us apart.

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.

Then I got shot at in my living room.

The Evangelicals lost $$$ for hosting the Floyd memorial.
And me and the kids we're laid off.

Now we're back.  Because the cavalry ain't coming folks.  And we got 8 months to fix this mess or we're all screwed.

Technology Ethics, Policy, & Law

Free Speech & Academic Freedom

Bipartisan Coalition Building

Education Leadership & Innovation
Arts Advocacy & Creative PR Soutions

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.

Press & Media

NBC KARE-11: MINNEAPOLIS

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NBC AFFILIATES
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NEXT GENERATION POLITICS I AI & YOU

Technology Ethics, Policy,
Politics, Culture, & Law

Press & Media

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.

NBC KARE-11: MINNEAPOLIS
October 2021


FORBES
 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
NBC: TOLEDO, HOUSTON, SACREMENTO
HUMAN LAWYER I PIONEER PRESS
NEXT GENERATION POLITICS
 AI & YOU I 

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

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

We have a simple, holistic, 2,000 year old method to fix the whole mess.  And our Black Mirror meets Dead Poet's Society story is so bananas we are currently writing a book and hustling cash for a documentary and podcast.

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

Technology Ethics,
Policy, & Law

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)

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions

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

for everyone

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions

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

for everyone

Twenty years of proven ideas and actual solutions

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

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)

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)

Bi-Partisan Civic Engagement &
Coalition Building

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

Thank you to my partners, clients, and allies:
For proving that all Americans can stop cancelling each other and re-embrace our common humanity.

Thank you to my partners, clients, and allies:
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: OSTROM WORKING GROUP 

 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, MINNESOTA CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
SIMON TRAUTMANN

MINNESOTA STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES & SENATORS

 PEGGY SCOTT 

  SCOTT LUCERO 

DR. STEVE JENSEN 

JEREMY MUNSON 
 

Two decades of cutting-edge
teaching, curriculum, research, and advocacy

to fight for free speech and catalyze allegedly impossible cross-cultural conversations.

Experience from the adjunct basement to the President's office.

And probably the only prof who taught free speech and digital ethics at a Bible college and the wokest school in America.

Because art is the answer
when words stop working

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

 

Technology Ethics & Law

First Amendment

Bipartisan Coalitions

Education Innovation & Reform
Creative Advocacy & PR

First Amendment &

 Academic Freedom

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.

 

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

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

Higher Education
Leadership & Innovation

Experience from the adjunct basement to the President's office.

And probably the only prof who taught free speech and digital ethics at a Bible college and the wokest school in America.

Director/Associate Professor
North Central University

Assistant Professor

Hamline University

Speechwriter
Office of the President

Ohio State University

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, Technological Racism,
Mental and Physical Health, Disability,
Gun Violence,  Post-Digital America 

 

Because art is the answer
when words stop working

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

Probably the only prof who taught free speech and digital ethics
 at a Bible college and the wokest school in America.

It ain't the kids screwing everything up, folks.

Director/Associate Professor
North Central University

Assistant Professor

Hamline University

Speechwriter/Communication Strategist
Office of the President

Ohio State University

Higher ed experience from the adjunct basement to the president's office,
with a million hilarious stories in between.

Which is good, because watching our colleges destroy themselves is depressing AF.

Arts Advocacy &
Creative PR Solutions

Because art is the answer when words stop working.

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, 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

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