the special issue of Science & Technology Studies on 'Expertise and its Tensions' is published! along with our article:
'Collaborative Confusion among : Ethnography and Expertise in Creating Knowledge for Environmental Sustainability'


photograph: Koppelting: The Great Gathering of the Commons event organized by De War, Amersfoort, Netherlands, Aug 2016

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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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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"It's time to redefine the concept of work. We believe that work compensated through money is not the only valuable, meaningful work. And the creation of jobs for the sake of keeping people busy is absurd.
People should be spared from work if there is none!
'But wait, if there's no work, how am I supposed to buy a cup of coffee?'
We strongly believe that we need to secure income, not jobs."

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..."In one scenario people get a full cup; in the other they get half a cup. These are based on recent Swiss and Finnish proposals."
Why: "The idea is to make this abstract principle more concrete and initiate a discussion about how a universal basic income could work and what kind of basic income people would like."

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Basic Income Café, by Martina Huynh, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven. "An interactive installation using a café as a metaphor to explore the idea of guaranteed monthly earnings through a universal basic income."
How: "People help themselves to a free 'cup of basic income' in the form of coffee from the machine. They can contribute to the communal coffee pot by 'going to work' and grinding more coffee. The coffee visualizes the flow of money. ..."

good *grief*. if you ever want to feel how power operates and conventional thinking dominates in self-proclaimed nonhierarchical networks, just stand in the force field of staunch himpathy and gaslighting.

Exarcheia, Athens
[image description: stencil graffiti reading



yesterday Attila Bujdosó of Kitchen Budapest was in Helsinki to launch the Social Design Cookbook. it's a *beautiful* object and full of interviews and examples of how to use the Social Design Canvas to analyse and strengthen your 'social cooperation' initiatives. examples range from Helsinki's Restaurant Day to Critical Mass to Subjective Atlas

'Monogram of Political Economy' illustration, 1876, as reprinted in Hayden's Seven American Utopias.
"showing the 'natural value' of rural life expropriated by four urban capitalists"

pretty sure this is a weak signal, but I'm not yet sure of what.

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