Cosmolocal Reader Launch Event

It has been a 2 year journey documenting and gathering stories, and we’re ready to show you and the world what we have found!

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.

Cosmolocalism stands for a revolution 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 ecosystems and a variety of terms and framings. But we see the possibilities bubbling through the surface. The challenges we are facing, with the climate emergency, ecological overshoot and an equity crisis, are asking for bold and transformative thinking and strategy. Today we also hold new technological affordances, 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 we can use these to shape the world we want to be.

We held this launch event on 11 November 2021 to celebrate the release of the book.

Speakers

  • Jose Ramos – Action Foresight & Futures Lab (Reader co-editor and chapter author) ​
  • Kathy Peach – Director of the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design at Nesta (Guest speaker) ​
  • Gilbert Rochecouste – founder and MD of Village Well and the Epoch institute. (Guest speaker) ​
  • Michel Bauwens – Founder of P2P Foundation (Reader co-editor and chapter author) ​
  • Sharon Ede – Circular economy professional (Reader co-editor and chapter author) ​
  • James (Gien) Wong – Principle co-founder, Stop Reset Go (Reader co-editor and chapter author)
  • ​Helena Norberg-Hodge – Local Futures (Reader chapter author)
  • ​Ron Eglash – Professor School of Information, University of Michigan (Reader chapter author) ​
  • Melissa Fuller – Co-Founder & Managing Director at AbilityMade
  • Abril Chimal – Chief Pollinator for the Participatory Futures Global Swarm (Reader production editor and chapter author)

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