How can digital, open manufacturing help to cover basic needs in crisis situations?

May 19, 2018 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia

Bahar Kumar from Nepal Communitere speaking at the session “Crisis response makerspaces” / Copyright: Foto Jan Zappner/re:publica, Licence: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I report here about one of my favorite sessions at re:publica 2018, which was on „Crisis response makerspaces“. I finally had the opportunity to meet Susan Long, innovation adviser at Field Ready in Syria and Bahar Kumar, strategic adviser at Nepal Communitere. Both stressed the need to „be locally grounded“ and to build strong communities to unleash the power of makers under difficult circumstances. Here‘s the topic of the session: „A mid-wife in the mountains of Nepal, a surgeon under bombardment in Northern Syria – how can digital, distributed manufacturing support them to deliver basic needs and healthcare services they need?“ I highly recommend to check out the recording, which is online now:

Disclaimer: I was part of the team that supported the BMZ partnership with re:publica, including the topic „tech for good“, which featured this session.

Note: This text was first published on the blog of Balthas Seibold at the Alumniportal Germany ( Check the blog ( register or login first). All blog entries represent the personal views and ideas of Balthas Seibold.

What is Open Manufacturing?

February 27, 2017 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn

CNC Torch from Global Village Construction Set, one of the pioneers of "open manufacturing"

CNC Torch from Global Village Construction Set, one of the pioneers of “open manufacturing” / Copyright: Cantinarivolta, licensed under CC attribution share alike

What is “open manufacturing”? When I tried to look up the term in Wikipedia some months ago, I was surprised to find no entry on “open manufacturing”.  Nice opportunity to learn more about the term by writing the first stub with a group of people discussing the issue of “open manufacturing”…

Now its your turn: Help wikipedia explain the term! The current version of the article surely needs more editing, more examples, better references, more links etc. Here is the article: . You may also read the current version of the article as an embedded text below:

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