Cosmo-Local Reader

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* Book: The Cosmolocal Reader. Ed. José Ramos, Sharon Ede, Michel Bauwens and Gien Wong. P2P Foundation, 2021.

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Cosmo-Local Production is a methodology for creating value and products and services that are inspired by the following basic rules (see below). and marries the planetary globalization of knowledge, the 'smart' localization of production, and both local and planetary mutualization, i.e. marrying distributed making and global open innovation:

1) the subsidiarity of material production: i.e. localizing production where sensible, in order to bring production closer to the places of need, support the local economy, and substantially diminish the human footprint

2) global knowledge collaboration through open and global design communities, that bring innovation to bear on all participating distributed places of production

3) the choice for 'generative' models of entreprise in terms of property and governance mechanisms, to give all producers and stakeholder communities a voice


"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, over 40 cases and examples from around the world provide a foundation to consider what exists and what could be, and 12 essays provide thought provoking ideas, reflections, critique and imagination.

​Cosmolocalism stands for a transformation in how we produce the stuff of life. 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 urban commons ecosystems, and a variety of other challenges. But we see possibilities bubbling through the surface. And, the challenges we are facing are asking for bold and transformative thinking and strategy. Today we also hold new technological potentials, creative human labor that can be mutualised, and new modes of economic, political and cultural organisation. The ingredients for change are sitting before us. In this book we bring many of these ingredients together for us to consider how we use these to shape the world we want to become."




Section 1: 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

Section 2: 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

Section 3: 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 and Examples

Section 4: 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

Section 5: 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

Section 6: 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

Section 7: 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

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