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 WORKING GROUP Z is a thesis about institutional infrastructure activated through an experimental labor initiative, dynamic profit-sharing model, and their complementary public programs. 

The initiative seeks a documentable, reproducible model that would sustain dynamic equity infrastructure — compensation paradigms that mix elements of equity and distributive justice — with specific focus on their implementation in nonprofits as an equitable remedy in lieu of partial ownership.

To that end, the initiative explores working conditions among contemporary creative practitioners, seeking to resolve antagonisms between equity-driven and distributive justice-based compensation paradigms.


Ajani Brannum
Sarah Bricke
Wyatt Coday