Cosmolocal Reader

Humanity is at a crossroads, and the challenges we are facing, with the climate emergency, ecological overshoot and an equity crisis, are asking for bold and transformative thinking and strategy.

Cosmolocal Reader

The Cosmolocal Reader features 50 chapters documenting and discussing theory and practice. From modular automotive manufacturing, to agri-robotics and peer to peer farming, community driven wind power and housing construction… to biohacking, furniture fabrication, upcycling, prosthetics, and disaster relief, 38 cases and examples from around the world provide a foundation to consider what exists and what could be.

Cosmolocal Reader

Humanity is at a crossroads, and the challenges we are facing, with the climate emergency, ecological overshoot and an equity crisis, are asking for bold and transformative thinking and strategy.

Cosmolocalism stands for a revolution in how we produce the stuff of life. Cosmolocal strategies and approaches have the potential to address many of these challenges. But it is a contested space with no guarantees. There are patent wars and appropriations of IP, the challenges in building and financing open source and open design start ups, creating ecosystems of value exchange, and in transforming urban forms. But we see the possibilities for change being born. We hold new technological potentials, creative human labor that can be globally mutualized, and new modes of economic, political and cultural organization. The ingredients for transformation are sitting before us. In this book we bring many of these ingredients together for us to consider how to use these to shape the world we want to be.

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Event Speakers

  • Jose Ramos – Futures Lab / Action Foresight
  • Michel Bauwens – P2P Foundation
  • Gien Wong – Stop Reset Go
  • Sharon Ede – Audacities
  • Kathy Peach – Nesta
  • Gilbert Rochecouste – Village Well
  • Raji Ajwani – IIT Bombay Centre for Policy Studies
  • Ron Eglash – School of Information, University of Michigan
  • Helen Norberg-Hodge – Local Futures

Table of Contents

Introduction by the Editors

José Ramos, Sharon Ede, Michel Bauwens and Gien Wong

Essay Section

Cosmolocal Framings

  • A Genealogy of Cosmolocalism
    Alexandros Schismenos, Vasilis Niaros and Lucas Lemos
  • “Do-It-Together”: Towards the Factories of the Future
    Laurent Dupont, Fedoua Kasmi, Joshua M. Pearce, Roland J. Ortt
  • Evolving Systems for Generative Justice: Decolonial Approaches to the Cosmolocal
    Ron Eglash, Audrey Bennett, Michael Lachney, and William Babbitt
  • The Pulsation of the Commons: The Temporal Context for the Cosmolocal Transition
    Michel Bauwens and José Ramos

Building Cosmolocal Ecosystems

  • Making Room for the Community-Based Circular Economy
    Sharon Ede
  • Cosmolocal Questions: From Tech Trend to Protocol Commons
    José Ramos
  • Fab Cities and the Urban Transformations of the 21st Century
    Tomas Diez
  • Financing Cosmolocalism
    Andrew Ward
  • Cosmolocalism, a Tool for the Social Appropriation of Knowledge and Rural Development
    Willmar Ricardo Rugeles Joya

Challenging Cosmolocalism

  • Repositioning Cosmolocal In A ‘Beyond’ Space-Place
    Michael McAllum
  • Cosmolocalization & Localization: Towards a Critical Convergence
    Helena Norberg-Hodge, Alex Jensen, Steven Gorelick and Henry Coleman
  • An Interview with Paul Wildman: the Australian Bush Mechanic and her Potential in Helping to Save the Planet
    Paul Wildman with Michel Bauwens

Cases Section

Cosmolocal Stories

  • Let there be light: IIT Bombay’s SoUL Project to Energize Rural India
    Raji Ajwani Ramchandani and Snehal Awate
  • Rural Dynamism in the Digital Age
    David Li
  • An Open Source Preemptive Strike in the Coming War Over The Freedom to Make Your Own Products
    Joshua M. Pearce
  • Utopia Maker
    Chrystèle Bazin
  • AgOpenGPS and DIY Open Farm Innovation: An Overview
    Chris Bennett
  • Chang’an: 3D Printing Cyberpunk Town on Pearl River Delta
    Vicky Xie, David Li, and Kangkang Zhang

Cosmolocal Explorations

  • Wind Empowerment, Pico-hydro and Nea Guinea
    Vasilis Kostakis, Kostas Latoufis, Minas Liarokapis, Michel Bauwens
  • Farm Hack: A Farmer-Driven Platform for Knowledge Exchange
    Chris Giotitsas
  • L’atelier Paysan: Peasants Building Their Own Tools
    Chris Giotitsas
  • Open Bionics
    Vasilis Kostakis, Kostas Latoufis, Minas Liarokapis, Michel Bauwens
  • Sensorica
    Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros
  • Tzoumakers
    Alekos Pantazis and Morgan Meyer
  • MuSIASEM: Accounting for material/energy flows and their limits
    Michel Bauwens and Alex Pazaitis, with additions from Gien Wong
  • FabChain: Linking advanced research to urban metabolisms and mainstream production and manufacturing
    Michel Bauwens and Alex Pazaitis
  • FairCoin and FairCoop: Tools for a cosmo-local, open cooperative ecosystem
    Michel Bauwens and Alex Pazaitis
  • Envienta
    Gabor Kiss
  • Holochain: An alternative to a global distributed ledger, based on biomimicry
    Michel Bauwens and Alex Pazaitis
  • AbilityMade
    Jose Ramos and Melissa Fuller

Cosmolocal Q&A

  • bHive Cooperative
    Ian McBurney, in response to questions by Jose Ramos
  • Open Motors
    Yuki Liu, in response to questions by Jose Ramos
  • Wikifactory
    Carolina Portugal in response to questions by Jose Ramos

Cosmolocal Snapshots

  • Appropedia
    Sharon Ede
  • Cosmolocalism
    Vasilis Kostakis
  • FarmBot
    Michel Bauwens and Jose Ramos
  • Field Ready
    Sharon Ede
  • GLIA
    Jose Ramos
  • Hexayurt
    Christina Priavolou
  • LEKA Restaurant
    Sharon Ede
  • Multifactory
    Michel Bauwens
  • Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies
    Sharon Ede
  • Open Source Ecology
    Jose Ramos
  • OSE Microhouse
    Christina Priavolou
  • Open Desk
    Sharon Ede
  • Open Food Network
    Sharon Ede
  • Open Insulin
    Jose Ramos
  • Precious Plastic
    Abril Chimal
  • RepRap
    Jose Ramos
  • Wikihouse
    Christina Priavolou