The open and inclusive platform of healthcare projects for citizens, based on collaborative making, digital fabrication and distributed manufacturing.
2018/09/15: Then Peer Production sat down and wept, because there were not other worlds for her to conquer
2018/01/25: Do we need to reinvent software every 5 years, or should we instead improve software we already have (and work on new and innovative things separately)?
CCCB, 7 October 2016: The idea of postcapitalism consists of two hypotheses, about the unique effects of information technology. First, that information technology is preventing the normal adaptation
* PhD Thesis: Making Sustainability. How Fab Labs Address Environmental Issues. Cindy Kohtala. 2016
* Master Thesis The Potential of Open Design for eco-efficient product development. Submitted by Mahdi Gheshlaghi, 2013.
By repairing old bikes to donate them to the needy, creating a local tool library, turning abandoned land into a skate park and other creative projects, these do-it-yourselfers are building the change they want to see in the world.
Nathan Schneider makes the argument that many platform coops have dynamics that already incorporate a commons and community direction
2017/05/26: Imagine a world where we weren't trapped by geographical tribalism and isolated from the brilliant work happening all over the world. These types of advances are some of the key structural elements to creating a truly radicalized globalism, solidarity, and meaningful empathy. We need tools like this to make the internet ungovernable and maximize the
By Fernanda Marin - Oui Share, November 28, 2018
What has amazed and excited me the most in recent scientific news is that the concept of trust can be measured validly and reliably and that it organizes a vast amount of information about what makes families and human societies function well, or fail.
2018/03/08: Once again we see a resurgence of interest in intentional communities and in Utopian experiments in living communally. Even Time Magazine is advocating such ways of living as a solution to the problems of modern living. Over the last ten years I have made forays into alternative living; finding and testing out Utopian intentional communities.
Peer production has emerged as a new and relevant way of organising the work of distributed and autonomous individuals in the production and distribution of digital content. Increasingly, the adoption of peer production is taking place not only in the development of digital and immaterial content, but also in the design, manufacturing and distribution of physical goods. Furthermore, Open Design and Open Hardware projects are developed, discussed, manufactured and distributed thanks to digital fabrication technologies, digital communication technologies, advanced funding initiatives (like crowdfunding platforms and hardware incubators) and globally integrated supply chains. This new systemic dimension of work is possible, among other factors, thanks to local facilities like Fab Labs, Makerspaces and Hackerspaces (that can be generally called Maker laboratories), where individuals can gather and form communities with other people, designing and manufacturing together. Generally, these people are referred to as Makers and, while their existence is still an emergent phenomenon, it is widely acknowledged that they could exemplify a new modality of work. We investigated the knowledge, values and working dimensions of Makers in Italy with the Makers' Inquiry, a survey that focused on Makers, Indie Designers and managers of Maker laboratories. This research generated a first overview of the phenomenon in Italy, improving the knowledge of the profiles of Makers; an important step because Makers are usually defined in a very broad way. Furthermore, we investigated their profiles regarding their values and motivations, in order to understand how much Makers engage in peer production or in traditional businesses and whether their working condition is sustainable or not. Finally, we compared these profiles with data regarding traditional designers and businesses and the national context. Given the recent nature of the Maker movement, the focus of this article is on providing a first overview of the phenomenon in Italy with an exploratory analysis and with comparison with existing related literature or national data, rather than contextualising the Maker movement in sociological and political contributions. Far from happening in a void, Italian Makers have a strong relationship with their localities and established industry. Therefore, this is a recent evolution, where Makers work with a broader palette of projects and strategies: With both non-commercial and commercial activities, both peer production and traditional approaches. The activity of making is still a secondary working activity that partially covers the Makers' income, who are mostly self-employed working at home, in a craft workshop or in a Fab Lab in self-funded or non-commercial initiatives, where technology is not the only critical issue. As a conclusion, we identified current patterns in the working condition of Italian Makers. The data gathered shows some interesting information that, however, could be applicable only to an Italian context. Nevertheless, the survey could be a starting point to compare the same phenomenon in different countries. Therefore, we released the survey files, software and data as open source in order to facilitate the adoption, modification, verification and replication of the survey.
There is a cool new story in town: the 'maker revolution'. Driven by rapidly shifting technological capabilities and the DIY aspirations of the YouTube generation, we see 3D printing and wiki- or
An interview with Spanish economist Susana Mart195173n Belmonte on her work on monetary reform, commons-oriented P2P systems and future economies.
Coe197141 - Connecting individuals and organisations at a local community level to enable collaboration and meaningful local action. Find other conscious, awakened ChangeMakers in your local area and connect to form empowering, offline connections.
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In Procomuns 2016 it is well understood that the "Sharing Economy" is a flawed model, while the Commons Collaborative Economy is a totally different game.