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EDUfashion Conference Ljubljana, 2nd June 2011


"Makers&DIY and fashion innovation" Bertram Niessen (UniversitĂ  di Milano) Zoe Romano (Ethical Economy)


Where are we coming from - Practices and theories connected to openness and sharing have a long history. - Some of them are rooted in socialist and anarchist-oriented trade unions and cooperatives - Others have been practiced for a long time in various confessional communities.


In recent years: the rise of Internet and the global challenges to more traditional forms of capitalism.


In the first years of the Net Economy, open source and peer-production were a prerogative of esoteric, underground collectives of hackers and utopians

- Slowly, collaborative and open-source based initiatives have shown to be able to be an extremely proactive part of the economic system.

- The increment of bandwith, new technologies and the web 2.0 improved again the whole frame, making accessible p2p practice of digital sharing across the globe for billions of people.


This process had consequences for wide sectors of immaterial design, slowly introducing the themes of content co-creation CO-Design User adds value customizing the product

CO-Creation User is involved in the creation of the product itself


Where are are In recent years, an uncountable number of groups and practices of sharing and co-creation appeared creating some major developments


From user-generated-content to user-generated goods New services and platform for co-creation and co-design - Digital fabrication - User-generated-goods

- Ponoko - Shapeways - i-Materialize - Thingiverse


Re-definition of the meaning of design itself - On one side design is increasingly at the core of production It increasingly deals with complexity, services and communication - On the other side there is a constant attraction toward open-innovation So the importance of naive design is rising also in the realm of established, traditional design practices.


New ways of conceiving business - crowdsourcing . many doubts about its sustainability - mixed economies. production, consultancy, education


User generated goods as a result of a process - articulated social relations across the web are embedded in the object - articulated social relations across the local scene are embedded in the object


Where are we going Making it together is better than making it yourself


3-D Printing  Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution


DIGITAL FABRICATION

ON-DEMAND PRODUCTION

RENTING MACHINES

ACCESS TO SUPPLIES

TRAINING

NETWORKING

CONSULTANCY CO-WORKING COMMUNITY BUILDING MICRO-CREDIT

Glocal networks - Local hubs DOING THINGS TOGETHER INTERDISCIPLINARY

BEING UP-TO-DATE ON OPEN HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE

MOVING FAST FROM IDEA TO OBJECT

SHARE PATHS OF CAREER AND SUPPLY NEEDS

ACCESS TO SERVICES HI-TECH @ LOW-COST

MEET PEOPLE WITH COMPLEMENTART SKILLS


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NEW YORK LOS ANGELES BOSTON PARIGI LONDRA BERLINO GLASGOW MELBOURNE

Local hubs in Europe and United States FABLAB

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Global Processes - Local Quality - Designers, Artists and Engineers are sharing a similar mindset focusing more on the process instead of the product. - The product becomes an unfinished artifact - Quality becomes situated. From universal principles to feedbacks from network of proximity.


Next challenges - Informal training/life long learning - Interdisciplinarity - New business models - Reframing careers and jobs


Makers&DIY and fashion innovation