at this event Jason Selvarajan demonstrated one of the first prototypes of . some things to note, which may seem obvious (especially to activists) but I'd like to amplify: Jason's prototyping work was greatly improved when he found Aalto Fablab and learned what a fab lab is. inventors need to prototype to see how inventions work, but also how they can be 'commercialized' OR introduced to people in a way they can use it (eg as a toolkit)

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another point is that there are 'lead users' out there who want to jump on this kind of invention, work with it + improve it, so it has to be open source.

of course there is the danger that someone will then make a commodity of it, try to make profit + enclose the knowledge commons related to this - but Jason + all similar inventors know that they have not 'invented' this, it's all built on previous knowledge + they are trying out local implementations to 'bring it to the people'

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through these kinds of demos, 'ordinary' people start to take notice + start to practice what a circular economy might actually mean materially for them.
hm, do I want to install this shower in my own bathroom, or pay Jason to do it? do I understand what plastic recycling actually entails? metal recycling? what are its material qualities in terms of effects on bodies and non-humans? how does this craft activity translate into the mass recycling scale? where do all those tin cans actually go?

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