Critical Making adds scientific insights into the potential of the maker movement. It focuses on critical and socially , and it shows how these communities can offer new opportunities for young makers of all genders to contribute to an open society via responsible making open source innovation.
I was delighted to take part in the Critical Making Conference as an online panelist.
Thank you to Regina Sipos for the kind invitation.
Implemening RRI across the global maker community, encouraging open access and inclusiveness while fostering positive change.
Critical Making adds scientific insights into the potential of the maker movement. It focuses on critical and socially responsible making, and it shows how these communities can offer new opportunities for young makers of all genders to contribute to an open society via open source innovation.
In this project, we will study grassroots innovation processes taking place in open spaces (Makerspaces, Fab Labs...) and their online extensions. These initiatives will be then related to responsible research and innovation, short RRI, practices and more. We will search for and analyse existing innovation and co-design processes taking place in these open spaces to find out how far they reflect or contradict RRI principles.
A mixed-method approach will allow us to collect data, analyze it, actively improve practices, develop theories and synthesize findings. Besides analysing existing practices, we will co-design, evaluate and disseminate concrete interventions that aim to foster RRI principles in the maker movement. In three case actions, the project will specifically look at aspects of gender, openness and the recruitment of young talents:
The Critical Making Gender Case Action will increase gender awareness practices in the maker community. This is achieved through piloting 3-4 co-created measures to counteract the existing gender imbalance in maker spaces and in online spaces and create guidelines on gender awareness
The Critical Making Young Talents Case Action will support the engagement of young people in maker spaces and further Research & Innovation activities via maker space actions and educational programmes that expand the formal curriculum with skills for responsible research and innovation
The Critical Making Openness Case Action will provide methods to strengthen the social responsibility of the open hardware movement. This is achieved by piloting a mentoring programme for RRI aware, open hardware business innovations with a special emphasis on projects that advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through open science, social innovations or environmental sustainability.
As a result, we will co-define measures how to better implement RRI principles in the open-source innovation movement taking place across maker communities. Our findings will provide hands-on input for practitioners in the field and will enrich the scientific knowledge base in the RRI community on innovation processes outside of academia, aiming to harness the full innovation potential of the global grassroots maker movement.
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