A few of the OSCEdays community attended Fix Fest a few weeks ago. This was billed as the first festival of repair hosted by the Restart Project, which brought together a community of activists that have been working on repair globally. High profile activists such as Kyle Wiens founder of iFixit, (who we have worked with in the past) Martine Potsma the founder of the Repair Café community, and many members of the global activist repair community attended. Read more
Extended interview with Thomas Huriez; Romans-sur-Isere, France; 21 September 2017
I met the 1083.fr team for the first time at the Made in France Salon in Paris, in November 2016. I had the chance to talk to Aurelia De Infanti, Customer Service Manager, and Thomas Huriez, Co-Founder and General Manager, about their company, their challenge of building a value chain localized in France, within a maximum distance of 1083 km (673 mi) from their factory in Romans-sur-Isere. I was pleasantly surprised that Thomas is not only knowledgeable in circular economy and open source product design and manufacturing, but has integrated the principles and practices of open source circular economy in 1083.fr business model and operations. Read more
In this interview we speak to Stefan Schridde, who has been working on circular economy issues for more than a decade. Stefan has published on planned product obsolescence and featured in the BBC documentary produced on the subject. Here he discusses the role of durability in a future ‘circular society’.
Kathryn Kellogg has managed to reduce all the waste she produces in a year to one jar, which is amazing. She writes a zero waste blog called Going Zero Waste and has created a local and global community dedicated to waste reduction, real food and natural living. She was kind enough to send to our OSCEdays particpants excellent adviceon how to achieve zero waste goals at all our 2016 events and every day in what each of us do.
Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC, USA and creator of the Yardfarmers TV show, talks about his experience in sustainable agriculture and the promotion of an alternative economic and social framework, in sync with the OSCEdays goals.
Ines Costa, environmental engineer and senior consultant at 3DRIVERS, an environmental consultancy firm in Portugal, talks about her work in industrial symbiosis, how an OSCE approach can facilitate industrial symbiosis and wishes us all great success and plenty of synergy.
Why Open Source Hardware is Important to Scientists
We are delighted to share with all the participants in OSCEdays 2016 a few messages from experts and practitioners in open source and the circular economy, outlining their work, emphasizing the need for collaboration and welcoming you all to an even greater year for the OSCE community.
Allison Mills, science and technology writer and Joshua Pearce, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, both from MichiganTech in Houghton, Michigan, USA, discuss open source hardware and the future of science.