Abstract

Over the last years, I have been working with partners in Mexico to support the co- design of Fablabs and Makerspaces in marginalised communities. Fablabs (Fabrication Laboratories) are non-formal educational settings that provide expertise and machinery to enable local digitally enhanced making in collaboration with others. Fablabs use open innovation processes for producing artefacts locally and sharing ideas and solutions globally across their networks (https://www.fablabs.io). The Fablab LaCampana, situated in a High School in the neighbourhood La Campana-Altamira in Monterrey, Mexico is an example of a Fablab in a marginalised community. After a conflict ridden past, in 2012, the La Campana-Altamira neighbourhood sought a change through open engagement in public life. The community Fablab has been one of many projects that community members and other stakeholders publicly participate in. The lockdown and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease had a disproportionate impact on this marginalised community. This coffee table discussion seeks to explore how we can address the increasing inequalities in the participation in social learning and open innovation in Fablab and Maker communities.

Keywords

Fablabs; inequality; participation; learning instructions; use of template

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Inequalities in the participation in social learning and open innovation during crisis

Over the last years, I have been working with partners in Mexico to support the co- design of Fablabs and Makerspaces in marginalised communities. Fablabs (Fabrication Laboratories) are non-formal educational settings that provide expertise and machinery to enable local digitally enhanced making in collaboration with others. Fablabs use open innovation processes for producing artefacts locally and sharing ideas and solutions globally across their networks (https://www.fablabs.io). The Fablab LaCampana, situated in a High School in the neighbourhood La Campana-Altamira in Monterrey, Mexico is an example of a Fablab in a marginalised community. After a conflict ridden past, in 2012, the La Campana-Altamira neighbourhood sought a change through open engagement in public life. The community Fablab has been one of many projects that community members and other stakeholders publicly participate in. The lockdown and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease had a disproportionate impact on this marginalised community. This coffee table discussion seeks to explore how we can address the increasing inequalities in the participation in social learning and open innovation in Fablab and Maker communities.

 

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