On these pages we will develop the DIY FabLab strategy, which we'll be using to inform bids of funding and appeals for other types of support.
We see the concept of a DIY FabLab as highly strategic; it's about imagining a new course of future technological and social development, which is highly sustainable, localised, mitigates environmental damage from ICTs and distributes skills and expertise throughout communities, rather than centralising them. The DIY FabLab may be understood as a mechanism for democratising technology.
|DIY FabLab Core Objectives|
|1.||Investigate how local people (who may be neither researchers nor experts) learn and innovate with digitally-controlled machines.|
|2.||Investigate the green impacts of local DIY-FabLabs, including potential for local electronics re-use and life extension, increases in eco-awareness, and reduction of transport costs.|
|3.||Examine the cultural and social impacts of internationally networked DIY-FabLab activity.|
|4.||Derive approaches and lessons by which post-industrial regeneration strategies and pre-industrial development agendas may inform each other.|
|5.||Develop a vision of a future in which patterns of high-tech production and consumption serve to distribute expertise and awareness, not (as is now the case) to centralise them.|