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December 06, 2008

City Eco Lab: open source hardware


Many of the goods and services we take for granted in our daily lives depend on global flows and networks that seem to be unraveling in today's converging crises.

Are doomed to return to a pre-industrial, pre-technological age?

If Jean-Noël Montagné (above, left - with Juha Huuskonen on the right) is around, tools and technologies will still be available - but not the proprietory, closed-system kinds we have now.

In one of the most remarkable presentations in our Explorers Club at City Eco Lab, Jean-Noël told us about the fast-emerging world of Logiciels libres, matériels libres, ressources libres - loosely translated as "free and open computing, materials and resources".


"We need to re-invent self-reliance" said Jean-Noël. The products, services and infrastructures we depend on need to be durable, and adaptable to different contexts. Their production should be based on recycling, and nurture local economies.


Jean-Noël told us about the bricophone project that is being co-develped by Craslabs and left us with a Directory of do-it-yourself (DIY) technologies and resources.

Posted by John Thackara at December 6, 2008 09:31 PM


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