As the year begins, also begin the efforts of low-budget university labs to make ends meet. The scene is unfortunately quite familiar to many of us in Latin America. How can we produce scientific knowledge when money is not enough for equipment or materials? And out of the lab, how can communities work on their local problems, if costs are increasingly prohibitive? Read more
We discussed this idea for a while now and with the first interaction of OSCEdays with the sustainability startup accelerator Climate KIC in Milan yesterday I decided to use the time on the train on my way home to Berlin to finally share it: How to make quicker progress with sustainability using Open Source in the world of start ups? Here is an answer: Read more
The OSCEdays Board of Stewards has been working together with some community members on a new strategic framework for the OSCEdays community, through a few dedicated workshops and a topic on the forum for engaging the whole community:
Our main goals in refining the initial strategic framework are: Read more
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
We invite you to join our global hands-on event exploring Open Source for a sustainable Circular Economy in June 2017: Set up a local event and connect your event with other events across the globe!
The Open Source Circular Economy Days 2017 (OSCEdays) will happen between June 8-12 for the third year in a row.
The event aims to bring together and globally connect creators, experts, activists and innovators from the fields of Read more
OSCEdays is collaborating with the Disruptive Innovation Festival 2016 running Open Labs on the Circular City. In a 3 week program we hope to brainstorm, discuss and implement ACTIONS for the transformtion of our cities.
In The Time Machine To 2050
The first phase of the lab is dedicated to an open discussion, brainstorming and collection of ideas. Lars contributed to this ‘a missing chapter’ of H. G. Wells The Time Machine written in 1895. It is a chapter about the Circular City and plays 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.