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‘Cosmo-Localization’: can thinking globally and producing locally really save our planet?

By on December 14, 2017

Fablabs, makerspaces, emerging global knowledge commons… These are but some of the outcomes of a growing movement that champions globally-sourced designs for local economic activity. Its core idea is simple: local ownership of the means to produce basic manufactures and services can change our economic paradigm, making our cities self-sufficient and help the planet. Sharon... Continue reading

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Open Source Hardware Collaboration Survey – How people work together to design open source products

By on November 10, 2017

How do people work together to design open-source hardware products? What is the level of openness, trust and collaboration within such projects? Do the communities share common goals and visions and how do they allocate workloads? These are some core questions related to demystifying open-source hardware projects that Robert Mies and Jérémy Bonvoisin try to answer... Continue reading

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SSE and open technologies: a synergy with great potential

By on November 3, 2017

Like every healthy movement, the Social & Solidarity Economy (SSE) needs structures and tools that promote its principles and ensure its autonomy. Unfortunately, with regard to the tools it uses, it remains captive to the various ‘closed’ technologies it is supplied with by mainstream companies. To realize how important that is, one must take into... Continue reading

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The resurgence of a culture of makers: re-localizing production

By on November 3, 2017

One way to empower local communities and their regional economies to manifest their visions of a better future is to re-localize production and consumption and thereby strengthen regional economies. There is an important role for international trade and global exchange of goods and services, but not when it comes to meeting basic regional needs. Wherever... Continue reading

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Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

By on October 18, 2017

Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed by geographically... Continue reading

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