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Tue 8 May 2018

Report: Open & collaborative developments

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FYI The STEPS centre has published a report which looks at some challenges and joins up with economic development policy research . .
>Experimentation with radically open and collaborative ways of producing knowledge and material artefacts can be found everywhere, from the free/libre and open-source software movement to citizen science initiatives, and from community-based fabrication laboratories and makerspaces to the production of open-source scientific hardware. Spurred on by the widespread availability of networked digital infrastructure, what such initiatives share in common is the (re)creation of knowledge commons, and an attempt to redistribute innovative agency across a broad array of actors.

>In this working paper we reflect on what these emerging practices might mean for helping to cultivate more equitable and sustainable patterns of global development. For many commentators and activists such initiatives promise to radically alter the ways in which we produce knowledge and material artefacts – in ways that are far more efficient, creative, distributed, decentralised, and democratic. Such possibilities are intriguing, but also not without critical challenges.

>We argue that key to appreciating if and how collaborative, commons-based production can fulfil such promises and contribute to more equitable and sustainable patterns of development, are a series of challenges concerning the knowledge politics and political economy of the new practices. We ask: what depths and forms of participation are being enabled through the new practices? In what sense does openness translate into the ability to use knowledge? Who is able to influence and control open and collaborative production? Who is able to allocate resources to, and to capture benefits from, the new initiatives? And will open and collaborative forms of production create new relations with, or even transform, markets, states, and civil society, or will they be captured by sectional interests?

Not unfamiliar questions!

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Liam Murphy Tue 8 May 2018

Thanks Mike - looks very interesting

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Liam Murphy

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Michel Bauwens Tue 8 May 2018

very pertinent to our concerns, thanks!

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mike_hales Tue 8 May 2018

There's a related 2016 book, Grassroots innovation movements . .

in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability series, looks at how six grassroots innovation movements around the world have developed, and what challenges they face

This pre-publication blurb includes a download link for chapter 1 of the book.