Productive democracy: the producer citizen

Imagine, if you haven’t seen it yet, a printer of objects. You see what you want on your screen, finish the last retouches if needed, adjust the size and finally print it. It can be an orthopedic hand where you have chosen the model, the finger’s shape, the size and the type of adjustment with the stump. After a while, you have designed your tailor-made hand. Yours: your size, your taste, adjusted to your needs. It is much more valuable at a lower cost.

It can be anything that comes to your mind or something that someone else has already invented. A tumor that will help surgeons to save lives, an impossible sweater with a sleeve-hood that did not exist some minutes ago, a bicycle with a wooden frame, any tool, spare part, musical instrument or jewel that you can imagine.

Just before summer, FAB10 brought together in Barcelona more than 500 markers of the 350 fablabs that are spread around the five continents. They all have several 3D manufacturing machines, laser cutters and printers of electronic circuits; they are permanently connected and share many designs they produce.

From the idea to the plans, from the plans to the cloud, from the cloud to the screen and from the screen to the real object. At home, in your neighborhood or from your computer. The information travels, not the materials. The factory is nice and small, the small is beautiful and something beautiful is well known and spreadable. Better designs tried and improved again and again, modular, exchangeable, transformable, reprogrammable, recyclable and personal.

Just what it is needed, no surpluses. Fewer trucks in our roads and cities, fewer posturban centers, fewer industrial peripheries and fewer landfills. More ideas that are first tried out and then criticized because it is less expensive, fastest and easiest to make than to speculate. More citizens inventors in a more creative society. More real conscience of our capacities. More personal autonomy.

I make, you make, she makes, we make. Citizens conjugate new verbs.

This article was initially published by @JaviCreus in Yorokobu .

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