26 Jul 2010 federico   » (Master)

Mon 2010/Jul/26

  • Not attending GUADEC

    The bad news is that I am not attending GUADEC this year. I miss you, people! This is the first GUADEC in which I fail to be a fixture of the conference.

    The good news is that I have a good reason for not attending. I will be at the inaugural event for the Talleres Libres de Artes y Tecnologías, or Free Workshops for Arts and Technologies.

    Talleres Libres
	      de Artes y Tecnologías

    There are several ideas behind the Free Workshops:

    • Resurrect traditional techniques for agriculture, woodworking, metalworking, permaculture, textiles — all the arts and crafts that no one longer knows how to do because everyone buys everything pre-made.

    • Publish that knowledge in online form, under a Creative Commons license.

    • Create physical workshops with the tools and knowledge for those arts and technologies. You need a space to make stuff; we make it happen.

    • Form an internal economy based on import-replacement. It's better if I use soap that my friend Joaquín makes, than to buy soap at the supermarket. I can make the wooden molds that he needs for his soap, or I can trade it for some vegetables that I grow.

    • Work to improve the quality of life of each workshop's local community. Are people filling their house's water tank from a truck? Help them build a rainwater-harvesting system. Are people going to the supermarket to buy bread? Start a bakery with a hand-built oven.

    Think of it as a 21st-century, networked, distributed, copyleft hippie/maker commune.

    My starting contribution to the Free Workshops is knowledge in woodworking and building techniques, and space in our backyard orchard and woodworking shop.

Syndicated 2010-07-26 15:12:00 from Federico Mena-Quintero - Activity Log

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