last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Regional European Conference in Bern, Switzerland, organised by the International Association of the Commons, the IASC. The main theme was "GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND LOCAL RESPONSES", an adequate theme for many of the social movements and commons initiatives around the world.
From a Free Knowledge perspective, education is a key element in several aspects. The act of teaching / learning constitutes by definition the main mechanism for knowledge transmission and preservation. Educational environments are also rich discussion places where knowledge evolves and grows.
Software has become a strategic resource in the last few decades. The emergence of Free Software has drastically changed the economics of software development and usage.
Ahir vaig tenir el plaer de participar en el curs del Col·legi d'Enginyers de Camins de Catalunya (Camins.cat) sobre la Ciutat Intel·ligent. El Jordi Julià del Col·legi i l'Alvaro Nicolas de la regidoria de mobilitat van presentar el curs. Després el Manu Fernandez, la Irene Compte i jo vem presentar les nostres visions sobre el tema. Amb més de seixanta participants va ser tot un exit.
On March 7th I was invited to present my vision on sustainable fabrication in a course cycle organised by the cooperative Tarpuna and the Ateneus de Fabricació in Barcelona. The course cycle was focused on sustainable and social fabrication, citizen empowerment and circular economy.
The last days we celebrated the Commons Collaborative Economies conference in Barcelona, from 11-13 March 2016. An intense and fruitful experience, which the FKI helped co-organise as part of the Barcelona Col·labora working group with the City Council. Let's review briefly what we did and what the results are so far.
The Things Network is an initiative to build a distributed wireless data network for connecting "things" to the net, fully owned and controlled by its users. The Internet of Things (IoT) typically consists of electronic devices with sensors and actuators that transmit small bits of data to the net. The Things Network (TTN) uses a free spectrum radio technology called LoRaWAN, that is Long Range, using low bandwidth and low power. Their newly designed gateways by the TTN are low cost at 200 €, while Arduino UNO nodes go for 40 €.
On October 1st I had an interview with David Bollier. Given his decade long work on the commons, as researcher and activist, author of books like Viral Spiral and in particular his work on Laws and the Commons, I thought that his perspective would be meaningful for our research in the DiDIY project. In particular for our work on rights and responsibilities, but also more in general to the various workpackages that make up the project.
it has long been due, but finally, we're at it: you are looking at our new website! Even though it is in some way a small milestone, it is also a warning that you may discover some work in progress here and there (of course, we're always in progress in some way and it can ever become better).
Some quick pointers:
Digital Do It Yourself (DiDIY) is a new socio-technological phenomenon, centered around digital devices that support, often through open online communities, the convergence of "atoms" and "bits".
The DiDIY Research Project, which addresses the Horizon 2020 call for a "Human-centric Digital Age", is studying how DiDIY and the increasing social adoption of ABC devices are:
General introductions about digital fabrication technologies and how our societies are changing right now and in the foreseeable future: