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Sense and Sensibility: the future of making things.

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Talk given at Future Everything festival in Singapore on October 17th 2015.

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Sense and Sensibility: the future of making things.

  1. 1. Sense & Sensibility: The future of making things @iotwatch alex@designswarm.com
  2. 2. First UK distributor of the Arduino (2007-2010) Product & interaction designer Founder Good Night Lamp & consultant designswarm
  3. 3. NB: I know as much as you do about the future. I know nothing about how you live.
  4. 4. Nations are rarely islands. Everyone has a neighbour.
  5. 5. ‘Making’ is not an island, isolated from the pressures of capitalism and consumerism.
  6. 6. It leads to consumerism
  7. 7. It is hiding behind a story of education and development.
  8. 8. It is hiding behind crowdfunding and investment.
  9. 9. It is hiding behind a story of invention.
  10. 10. And it doesn’t always work.
  11. 11. Or worse.
  12. 12. So where does making belong?
  13. 13. Where politicians won’t go.
  14. 14. For conservation of the few.
  15. 15. Where open means opening up a closed slow market.
  16. 16. Because we have the power of ideas, we need to be careful about where we bring them to life.
  17. 17. What is the role of the city?
  18. 18. Engage and educate citizens.
  19. 19. Get corporations to be better citizens.
  20. 20. Financially support making small, open things.
  21. 21. Build new visions for the future.
  22. 22. Support making small, open things.
  23. 23. Thank you. @iotwatch alex@designswarm.com

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