#695 | 25 years young ... 💫
Yep, we turn 25 this month.
The Protein Supplement has always marked the beginning of the Protein story. Sent to 17 people on the 17th of September 1997, it aimed to distil what’s happening at the intersection of culture and technology (still our two loves) into a concise and accessible digest. Not a lot has really changed since then, other than the ASCII formatting, our added focus on Good Growth, and we now have a few more readers.
Instead of cramming this issue with our favourite moments, we’re going to be announcing a series of celebrations over the next few months … starting with a party for all our members at Protein Studios in Shoreditch✨ So, be sure to follow our Twitter and Insta for updates, and if haven’t already:
In Community news, we’ve just successfully wrapped up Season 3 and now going into a two-week Intermission to prepare for what already feels like an eventful Season 4. And following our roundtables and research process, we’ve finished v1 of the Good Growth Playbook, so would love to get your feedback before we launch it into the world 💚
OK, let’s get on with the links …
Want to listen to your plants? You now can with PlantWave
Some excellent reading on Social Rules for DAOs
Regens Unite is happening in Berlin next week 🌱
Upgrade your inner technology with the Spiritual Incubator
Petit Pli are making clothes that grow with your kids
Can a DAO build a successful city?
Struggling with your DAO compensation models? Read this
Superfluidity is an “anti-framework” for getting shit done
FWB has created a census to help them understand why they exist
VR or psychedelics? Scientists say there’s no difference
Will BeReal really save us from ourselves …
Or are you really just looking for a meme-based dating app?
How house music became the soundtrack to Summer ‘22
How to measure the health and happiness of your DAO
Impact/100 is looking to become the Nobel prize for impact
The music industry is finally understanding what to do with music NFTs
Reka and Jihad on platformless communities
Greenwashing Certified - an essay on corporate sustainability's shortcomings
A great primer on on-chain identity
The NFT creator royalty debate rages on
Holly Herndon’s new project, Spawning, helps artists navigate our AI era
Komorebi is a DAO for female and non-binary crypto founders
Looking for a global atlas of psychedelic research? Look no further
An even more inconvenient truth about carbon offsetting
An excellent read on Internet-Native Organizations by Scott Moore and Max Kanter
a16z’s guide for navigating downturns
Pact DAO is building an NYC-based DAO for mutual aid
Can ReFi save the world?
How Netflix is using NFTs and why TV may never be the same
Orca protocol on scaling trust in DAOs
A nice guide to creating cozy online spaces
Nowadaysonearth are seeking to rebalance our contact with tech and nature in this digital age
Googless lets you experience the internet without Google 😎
We give 200 $PRTN for any link that makes the Protein Supplement. So, a big shoutout to the following folks, we’ll be in touch shortly to sort your tokens:
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Until next month, your friends at Protein 💚
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Yes, we really have published 695 issues of this newsletter. As already mentioned above, the first Protein Supplement was sent on 17th September 1997 to 14 people and (other than a few breaks over the years) has always aimed to distil what’s happening at the intersection of culture and technology into a concise and accessible digest. If you’re interested in digging into the (incomplete) archive, you can here.
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