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Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment. Marcin Jakubowski: Open-Sourced Blueprints For Civilization. In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are excited to count down 18 great ideas of 2011, featuring the full TEDTalk with original blog posts that we think will shape 2012.

Watch, engage and share these groundbreaking ideas as they are unveiled one-by-one, including never-seen-before TEDTalk premieres. Standby, the countdown is underway! Watch Open Source Ecology Founder Marcin Jakubowski discuss the prospects for an open source, do it yourself civilization. Then read Isaiah Saxon's follow-up blog post on that idea below. Our species is defined by our relationship to machines -- the countless "extensions of man" which now completely encase our lives. However, there is a growing desire around the world to fundamentally remix this relationship with machines and specialization -- to increase access, engagement, and understanding. The most idealistic, defiant, and ambitious project among this movement is being led by a group called Open Source Ecology.

Do It With Others - Maker Community Manifesto. Maker Faire ® season is here. It is all year long, actually. Thousands of people turn out for large and small events around the world that are oriented at inspiring and enabling makers, hackers, inventors, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. I was on the organizing team for the Kitsap Mini Maker Faire and these events are different than other fairs or festivals or community markets. I’m headed to Los Angeles and plan to attend the OC Mini Maker Faire in Irvine, just for fun. We started our fair when we asked a question: “How do we help area makers, creators, artisans, in a tough economy?” That question evolved and morphed into “if we learn more about what they do, how they do it, then we can tell others about it.” We will move beyond Do-It-Yourself (DIY) to Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) because collaboration, not competition, is the way of now, and of the future.

Collaboration creates community. People want to create and contribute. Let’s make this personal and local and useful. 2. 3. Self-Repair Manifesto. The restart project | repair, don't despair! towards a better relationship with electronics. How to start a Repair Cafe. If you've ever found yourself on the phone with a customer service representative telling you it would cost more to fix your electric tea kettle than to just buy a new one, you are well acquainted with the concept of "planned obsolescence.

" The good news is that people across the world are getting wise to the intentional design flaws hoisted upon us by clever manufacturers eager to sell more products, and are coming up with new and creative ways to salvage perfectly usable things. Repair Cafés are not only great events to get your vacuum, waffle iron, or lawn mower fixed, but the very nature of their collaborative and community-oriented learning spirit contains the antidote to our modern day throw-away mentality. Conceived by Martine Postma, a Dutch journalist who was no longer willing to just accept that she had to throw things out that could easily be salvaged, the first Repair Café debuted three years ago in Amsterdam.

Ready to launch a Repair Café in your community? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. We Need a Fixer (Not Just a Maker) Movement | Wired Opinion. Illustration: Carin Goldberg Madison Sheffield cracks open a toaster oven, jams her hand inside, then turns on the power. It looks like she’s about to electrocute herself, but she seems unfazed. “Thermostat or heating element?” Sheffield mutters, yanking on wires and poking around with a multimeter. “Why isn’t this working?” She isn’t the only one in this crowded room trying to get busted hardware working. The spectacle of dead goods coming back to life isn’t just useful—for the locals, it’s transformative. ‘It’s design anorexia—thinner and thinner and thinner,’ iFixit’s Kyle Wiens complains.

You’ve heard about the “maker movement,” the geeks who’ve been rebooting America’s craft tradition. We need, in short, a fixer movement. Today e-waste has become one of the fastest-growing categories of refuse. One superb place to start is fixing computers—because these days old models perform nearly as well as new ones. Plus, the ecosytem for fixing has never been better. I think so. Biology Hacklabs. EAVESDROPPING ON BACTERIA: Members of the Baltimore Under Ground Science Space learn to assemble a genetic circuit that will indicate when bacteria are “talking” with one another.COURTESY OF BUGSSBioinformatician Patrik D’haeseleer can expertly dissect the metagenomics of plant enzymes and map the genomes of soil bacteria, but before last year he was a novice at plating bacteria and isolating DNA. “I always regretted not being able to do more on the wet lab side,” says D’haeseleer, who works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute in California.

In 2010, D’haeseleer received an e-mail from a small group of biology enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area soliciting donations to start a community-operated laboratory. The hackerspace raised $35,000 from its online fundraising campaign, surpassing the original $30,000 goal. Across the country, no two community biolabs are alike, and neither are their members. Critical mass. DIYBio Local Directory. What is a FabLab? This is a post I’ve been waiting to write for a long time, either because I’ve been very busy or because I’ve wanted to write something meaningful and with a direct experience.

After working on the development of the Aalto FabLab, after doing the one week Fab Boot Camp (January 2012) in FabLab Barcelona and the 5 months FabAcademy in FabLab Amsterdam (and after years of previous research on the topic), after visiting other FabLabs and meeting people in the community, I now have enough experience and material to write this post. All the pictures come from the Aalto FabLab’s Flickr account, where automatically pictures are uploaded, showing thus all the activities and the projects developed in the lab. What is a FabLab, then? 01. Though it may be also a space for developing prototypes or building final working products, the main goal for a FabLab is to be a space for experimenting at the intersection of bits and atoms, information and matter. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10.

The Rise of the Hacker Space. 10 things to do when starting a FabLab. After the post on the business models for FabLabs, and the post about the complex nature of a FabLab, in this post I would like to use my experience on building the Aalto FabLab in Helsinki and the experience of working and visiting other labs for explaining 10 simple suggestions for who’s thinking about to build a FabLab. As said before, there is no single book or how-to guide for starting a FabLab, for two reasons: on one side the knowledge required for starting and running a FabLab is always under development and evolution, on the other side the unique conditions of the local context require each time to develop a custom model. Check other suggestions about starting a FabLab here. 01. Start from the local conditions Always start from understanding and defining the local conditions and how they will influence your project. 02.

Think about the community and get it involved 03. 04. 05. Generally, developing a FabLab takes more than what you think… it always happens! 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. Announcing: Emerging Leader Labs: A Social Incubator Running on the Gift Economy. Image found via pinterest by smallfly It’s an idea whose time has come! Only a little over a month ago, I was sitting at a table with Art Brock & Eric Harris-Braun of the Metacurrency Project, discussing the possibility of launching a new initiative together in the spirit of the “Superhero School” concept many people are currently exploring. The premise is pretty straightforward: There are plenty of passionate, driven people who want to make cool ideas and projects happen. Access to resources (especially, money) is often a large barrier to actualizing them. So why not create physical locations that don’t require money as a chief organizing energy source, where enthusiastic entrepreneurs, artists, designers and other creatives can come together and prototype their dreams?

The way I previously described the flavor of it was: The idea wants to happen, so without waiting for conditions to be ‘perfect’ to start, we’ve decided to just go ahead and help build it. Like this: Like Loading... The Hub Seattle - A coworking and events space for inspiring people and ventures for good. Check it out: Libraries Embracing Makerspaces. Mark Fraunfelder addresses a standing room-only crowd the American Library Association’s “Maker Monday” event today in Chicago. The American Library Association (ALA) is wrapping up its annual conference in Chicago tomorrow. Today was “Maker Monday,” a day that showcased the growing intersection of libraries and the maker movement.

Librarians at the ALA conference give SpinBots donated by MAKE a spin. Makerspaces have been called libraries of the 21 century. Mark Frauenfelder, MAKE’s editor-in-chief, delivered a presentation today on the new technologies driving the maker movement and where libraries fit in. MAKE has been working with libraries to provide them with projects and materials as well as our makerspace playbook, a handbook for setting up and running a makerspace. Maker Monday also featured a “maker showcase” of organizations, vendors, and products aimed at helping libraries incorporate making into their services to the public.

Stett Holbrook Related. Worries Over Defense Dept. Money for ‘Hackerspaces’ But the money has stirred some controversy. The financing for the schools program is one of several recent grants that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, has made to build closer ties to hackers. Unlike the hackers who cripple Web sites and steal data, the people the government is working with are more often computer professionals who indulge their curiosity at their local hackerspace. But the financing has prompted criticism that the military’s money could co-opt these workshops just as they are starting to spread quickly. There are about 200 hackerspaces in the United States, a sharp jump from the handful that existed five years ago. The workshops, with names like the Hacktory, Jigsaw Renaissance and Hacker Dojo, have incubated successful businesses like Pinterest, the social networking site, and are seen as hotbeds for recruiting engineers and computer scientists.

When his government colleagues see the results of his program, “their jaws just drop,” Mr. But Mr. TechShop: An Inventor's Paradise in San Francisco. In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits | Wired Magazine. The door of a dry-cleaner-size storefront in an industrial park in Wareham, Massachusetts, an hour south of Boston, might not look like a portal to the future of American manufacturing, but it is. This is the headquarters of Local Motors, the first open source car company to reach production. Step inside and the office reveals itself as a mind-blowing example of the power of micro-factories. In June, Local Motors will officially release the Rally Fighter, a $50,000 off-road (but street-legal) racer.

The design was crowdsourced, as was the selection of mostly off-the-shelf components, and the final assembly will be done by the customers themselves in local assembly centers as part of a “build experience.” Several more designs are in the pipeline, and the company says it can take a new vehicle from sketch to market in 18 months, about the time it takes Detroit to change the specs on some door trim. Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, saw a way around this. In short, atoms are the new bits. Chris Anderson: The Makers Revolution. Chris Anderson’s book THE LONG TAIL chronicled how the Web revolutionized and democratized distribution. His new book MAKERS shows how the same thing is happening to manufacturing, with even wider consequences, and this time the leading revolutionaries are the young of the world. Anderson himself left his job as editor of Wired magazine to join a 22-year-old from Tijuana in running a typical Makers firm, 3D Robotics, which builds do-it-yourself drones.

Web-based collaboration tools and small-batch technology such as cheap 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, and assembly robots, Anderson points out, are transforming manufacturing. Suddenly, large-scale manufacturers are competing not just with each other on multi-year cycles, they are competing with swarms of tiny competitors who can go from invention to innovation to market dominance in a few weeks. Desktop manufacturing changes world We’re now entering the third industrial revolution, Anderson said. Thus the Makers Movement. GitHub Has Big Dreams for Open-Source Software, and More. Tom Preston-Werner, GitHub’s co-founder and chief executive Software is not merely about automating every aspect of our lives anymore. Some of its makers want to change the way we all interact, spreading their supposed egalitarian excellence. Whether this is liberation into a new and better mode of being (and yes, the people thinking about this take it to that scale) or the folly of an industry in love with its success is one of the more intriguing questions of a world rushing to live online.

GitHub is a San Francisco company that started in 2008 as a way for open-source software writers in disparate locations to rapidly create new and better versions of their work. Work is stored, shared and discussed, based on the idea of a “pull request,” which is a suggestion to the group for some accretive element, like several lines of code, to be “pulled,” or added, to a project.

“The concept is based around change: what is the right thing to do, what is the wrong thing?” Mr. In his blog Mr. Mr. Open Technology.