Open Design Conference

What’s the impact of digital technologies, the potential of the internet and of social media on the creative professions? Although we’ve been immersed in them for what feels like a long time now, and a generation of digital natives is already starting to make its mark in the creative industries, the pace of change is absolutely furious. Every single day, somewhere, someone is discovering a completely new way of doing something – and telling us about it right away.

We believe that the best way to ride the wave is to share the ride – and that openness, transparency and collaboration are what will turn a technological capability into a social asset. (

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Mastering Collaborative Innovation through Events


(A special thanks to Catarina Mota, Marcin Jakuboski and Federico Feroldi for the conversations that led  to this post)

I have been often surprised by the extent of incredible results that genuinely collaborativeprojects and contexts, whose real goal is to create shared value.

Short time, well facilitated, cooperation efforts, often linked to specific live events (during which a community gathers around one ore more challenges, or a topics) can be an extraordinary experience and deliver outstanding results.

The adoption of well-tested methodologies summed up with a natural inclination of people to meet and share plus the huge amount of learning that this kind of events can trigger make so made contexts the ideal tool to generate multiplier effects and produce much more value than the necessary investments would recall.

That’s why in many contexts, ranging from social to corporate innovation, from product design to business modelling  short-term cooperative events are…

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Baskets that move and change

Baskets that move and change

venetian architect and designer andrea deppieri of newton & son has expanded on the original wooden headwear concept from tête de bois to create a basket & centrepiece collection. the small structures consist of a strong sculptural form that is made using wood from sustainable, regenerating eco-forests. the products are all handmade in italy and offer a dynamic and unexpected energy, varying in shape depending on the way they are placed down. the series uses a combination of different materials, including iron, wood and eva – a recyclable rubber which is soft, flexible and light weight. the ‘tête de bois basket & centrepiece collections’ will be presented at the concept store spazio rossana orlandi, during milan design week 2014 and also at bagatti valsecchi museum in milan. (words

Sand Bridge (Stone Spray Project)

Incredible – Stone Spray Project – What this group of researchers have done is uses a special bonding agent along with natural sand, and a custom 3D printing device that sprays the sand on top of itself to create strong structures. The robot that does the printing requires very little energy and and run entirely on solar power, and the bonding agent is eco-friendly, made from LEED Certified components. The project was founded by architects Petr Novikov, Inder Shergill and Anna Kulik. (from 3dprintboard webpage)

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Made in the Future

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 18.08.08Made in the Future is an effort to capture our musings about what a not-so-distant tomorrow might look like. Our tools—faster, cheaper, and more out of control than ever—have triggered seismic shifts in how we design, manufacture, and distribute. And that has us asking lots of questions: What new tools or technologies will we create? How will they change the way we behave and learn? How will they shape our world? (from Made in the Future webpage)

Maker Libraries to launch in South Africa | British Council

Maker Libraries to launch in South Africa | British Council.

The British Council today announced that a special edition of Maker Libraries will go on display at GUILD 2014 in South Africa on 28 February, marking the launch of Cape Town as 2014 World Design Capital. Commissioned by the British Council, conceived by Daniel Charny, and developed with creative projects consultancy From Now On, the project will launch in South Africa as part of the British Council’s Connect ZA programme. It aims to create a dialogue between makers in the UK and South Africa.

The Maker Library Network (MLN) will establish spaces for collaboration and connection, exploring the role of the library as a fundamental space for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. It marks the beginning of the development of the Maker Libraries and their potential to expand as a global network, connecting makers around the world. A central aim of the MLN is build a powerful resource through a diverse collection of both small and large libraries, from bookshelves in community centres to fully fledged, globally recognized making spaces. Reflecting this democratic ideal, an open call will be announced by Thomas Heatherwick and Daniel Charny at Indaba Expo on 28 February for spaces in South Africa to join the MLN in 2014.

(text from British Council website)