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Common Goods

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Talk given at the Digital Bauhaus Summit on June 4th 2016 in Weimar.

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Common Goods

  1. 1. Common Good(s)! Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino! @iotwatch!
  2. 2. Open source hardware ! distribution & design services! Consultant! Founder! Tinker London (2007-2010)! designswarm! Good Night Lamp!
  3. 3. The Good Home! Using design to think about! future home living.!
  4. 4. Managing your privacy in every room.! Moving your home interactions to reduce water use.! Building a digital service to help you add and ! leave data behind when you move between homes.! Retrofitting technology in an existing space.!
  5. 5. The home is not apolitical.! It is not private.! It is an intense shared experience.!
  6. 6. It is a shared fantasy.!
  7. 7. With images of success through! acquisition.!
  8. 8. Success through cleanliness.!
  9. 9. Success through mid-century! Danish furniture and succulents.!
  10. 10. Technology tells us two things! about ourselves and our homes:!
  11. 11. 1. Technology! brings freedom!
  12. 12. 2. It’s not personal,! it’s just what happens.!
  13. 13. I have a different theory.!
  14. 14. Technology distracts us ! from the real changes! and from taking action.!
  15. 15. Technology distracts us ! from hearing the ! ‘noise of time’*.! *Julian Barnes!
  16. 16. If it worked for the poor! it’ll work for the rich.!
  17. 17. 1950s bedsit! 2016 co-living space ‘The Collective’!
  18. 18. 1950s bedsit! 2016 co-living space ‘The Collective’!
  19. 19. Flophouses for the poor 1950s!1950s bedsit!
  20. 20. 2016 co-living space ‘The Collective’!‘chambre de bonne’ in the attic !
  21. 21. 1950s bedsit! 2016 co-living space ‘The Collective’!
  22. 22. Flophouses for the poor 1950s!1950s bedsit!
  23. 23. Single Room Occupancy ! The National Hotel (San Francisco)!
  24. 24. One of the principal causes of the widespread homelessness endemic in the United States today was the wave of S.R.O. hotel demolition that swept the country during the second half of the 20th Century. ! ! Across the U.S. an estimated 1 million S.R.O. units were destroyed between the mid-1970’s and 1990’s. The bulk of these demolitions happened in relatively short, intense periods. ! ! Chicago lost 80% of its 38,845 units between 1960-1980.! ! New York lost 60% of its units between 1975-81. !
  25. 25. S.R.O. neighborhoods were targeted for elimination because their populations did not fit into the long-term plans of the economic-political elite. ! ! Justin Herman, Executive Director of San Francisco Redevelopment Agency from 1960-1971 expressed the attitude existent in these circles when he said infamously:! “This land is too valuable to permit poor people to park on it.” !
  26. 26. Define poor?!
  27. 27. People who spend more than! half their income on housing.!
  28. 28. Oh.!
  29. 29. 1950s bedsit!
  30. 30. Where does my meat come from?! Who cares?!
  31. 31. Deliveroo!
  32. 32. Food production is! being automated & TTIP! is contributing to this.! ! ! wintecinnovate.com!
  33. 33. Where does your! hipster hamburger in Berlin! come from?! ! The USA! ! Authentic!!
  34. 34. You tell me the difference.!
  35. 35. Where are the stories! about abused women and tech?!
  36. 36. Where are the stories! about abused children and tech?!
  37. 37. Ambition & aspiration! cannot be automated.!
  38. 38. Care and respect! cannot be automated*! ! ! ! *I’ve worked with so called social robots!
  39. 39. Let’s not act like the elite,! without the capital.!
  40. 40. I guess you could call that! luxury communism.!
  41. 41. Let’s tell different stories! of success.!
  42. 42. Rights & Responsabilities! is not the same as! Terms & conditions!
  43. 43. If you’d like to explore these issues! with me and others, check out! @goodhomeproject! Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino! @iotwatch!

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