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Friday, August 13 • 9:45am - 11:45am
Main Panel : Fabricating the Commons

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  • Moderator Kate Armstrong, Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC
  • Pia Mancini, Co-Founder & CEO Open Collective
  • Stephanie Hankey, Executive Director, Tactical Tech
  • Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, India
  • Jonathan Ledgard, Novelist and an expert in advanced technology
  • Sonja Novkovic, Professor of Economics and Academic director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University
The concept of the commons is native to many of the world’s indigenous communities. The approach of commoning resources and knowledge is logical when collaboration happens at a small scale. When scaled to a global context, the commons become more complex. While digital technologies can connect us globally, we have repeatedly seen how the internet can also divide us specifically through the application of extractive models that have been imposed since the early days of globalisation. In spite of today’s globalised world, not every local context is the same. As such, the tools and systems needed to fabricate just global commons need to be adaptable, open and flexible. They need to respond to cultural diversity and to local needs, while supporting the wider community and the interconnected life-support systems. This session gives us the opportunity to learn from designers, makers, and activists that are building such tools and systems for large-scale collaboration. We will open a discussion about the fundamental principles that need to be embedded by design into the future platforms that can enable a just commons approach at the global scale.

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Friday August 13, 2021 9:45am - 11:45am EDT
Fab City Summit