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Friday, May 20 • 6:15pm - 7:00pm
The Power of Making

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What is the power of thinking by making?

Making is the act resulting in something coming to be. The arts and crafts movement preceded today’s ‘maker’ culture.  ‘Traditional’ forms of making were passed down from master to apprentice, through years of repetition. Today we are witnessing a growing popularity of more experimental and innovative making: less rehearsed but also less reliable(?).

In reaction to globalized mass production, throw-away cultures, consumerism and the omnipresence of chain stores, new types of community spaces like fablabs, makerspace or hackerspaces pop up in our neighborhoods.  

Here we find community interaction and knowledge sharing on both local and global level, with the help of networked technologies. These social environments promote informal, peer-led shared learning often motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. People come to gain practical skills, learn how to repair, reuse, improve and tweaking designs.

The potential to enable more participatory approaches and create new pathways into important topics is clear, but this path is not for all of us.

Should we all make the shift and become makers?  It may be frustrating to master a new skill in this busy world. Should we take the time to move from frustration to pleasure and start to think through materials and skills?

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Vincent Guimas

Founder, Les Arts Codés
Founder of the micro factory “Nouvelle Fabrique” and co-founder of the research cooperative  "Les Arts Codés", Vincent Guimas has produced for over 10 years projects interlinking art, society and technology. He has been involved since 2009 in 3 European projects focusing on  Ecology and Arts. From 2012 to 2015, he coordinated a 3 years research "Macro parameters for micro factories, emergence of a new stakeholder in... Read More →

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Benedict Dellot

Associate Director - Economics, Enterprise and Manufacturing, The RSA
Research covers the maker movement, self-employment and capital ownership. Interested in how we can create an economy that allows people to lead larger lives.
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Etienne Moreau

Cofounder + labs explorer, MakerTour
Cofounded MakerTour, non-profit org exploring, documenting and sharing the collaborative labs diversity in the world. Recently concluded with Mathieu Geiler (friend & cofounder) a first 6-month documented expedition towards 50 fablabs/makerspaces in France & Europe. All labs explored and chronicles here > www.makertour.fr/home.
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Justyna Swat

co-founder, POC21 / USIL
Strategic designer and architect. Working on projects developing socially and ecologically responsible solutions using digital tools. Urban researcher. Co-founder of POC21 , design assistant at the ENSCI les Ateliers School of Industrial Design, WikiHouse Foundation executive, founder of Urban Strategy and Innovation Lab USIL .

Friday May 20, 2016 6:15pm - 7:00pm

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