A crowdsourced A-Z guide to concepts and examples of ‘design global, manufacture/produce local’
To view the draft document, or contribute: http://docs.google.com/document/d/1zGyTxMQMb6WACN9gLBn9DxIOGhLm9QfVy2j8oOWvRfY/edit#
The purpose of this project is to develop short summaries, overviews and definitions of concepts and cases that are emerging with respect to Cosmo-Localization / Design Global, Manufacture Local (CL / DGML).
The overall body of work will be turned into a pdf and put on a website so it can be widely shared. The value of such a document is to provide an easy entry point for people so they can develop an understanding of new/complex ideas in a concise form, which enables them to communicate to audiences who are not yet familiar with these terms and ideas. If they want to look at cases they can go straight there. If they want to explore other connections and philosophy, they can go there. An A-Z is not a linear document. A person can enter at any point, and exit at any other point.
Ultimately the dictionary should allow people to cherry pick elements from it to begin to translate the ideas and concepts for various purposes. For example, one might want to develop a document to pitch to policy makers. That person could take elements from this document and render them into a form that communicates to the intended audience.
The content will be published under a creative commons with-attribution license.
GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS
- Anyone can add any number of entries.
- All entries should be concepts or cases. Concepts are key ideas, and cases are concrete examples (tangible expressions of concepts). If you want to refer to a journal article or other literature, then either draw out a key idea or case from the article, and then link to the article as a further elaboration of it.
- All entries require a title. An entry title must be formatted as a “Heading 4” (see dropdown menu under ‘Normal Text’ in toolbar, under the document title).
- Each entry should be less than 100 words. If it is more than 100 words then it is not appropriate for the purpose of this document. If it requires more than 100 words then break it down into multiple entries. The number of entries are not limited, but the length of the entry is.
- The person who writes the entry writes their name at the bottom of the entry, along with any affiliation.
- People can add titles they think should be in the dictionary, and let others develop the entry. However only the person who actually wrote the entry puts their name on the bottom of the entry. If more than two people contribute substantially to an entry, they can list as joint authors.
- Each entry should be referenced with at least one link that allows readers to find more in depth information about the entry. The link should be appropriate. Please
- There should be 2–5 key words / tags included at the end of the entry that can allow some categorization in future.
- Review of entries is encouraged, using the comments function in google docs, as well as copy/proof editing, but the dramatic rewriting or the deletion of others entries is NOT allowed. The editorial team will review all entries and comments and make these decisions. If you feel strongly that an entry has problems, please do not edit it — instead, leave your reasons in a comment box, elaborated so that we understand your argument. It is likely the original writer will make adjustments given feedback, but if no satisfactory changes are made, then we the editors will review and make the changes once we weigh things up.
Cosmo-localization describes the process of bringing together our globally distributed knowledge and design commons with the high-to-low tech capacity for localized production. It is based on the ethical premise, drawing from cosmopolitanism, that people and communities should be universally empowered with the heritage of human ingenuity that allow them to more effectively create livelihoods and solve problems in their local environments, and that, reciprocally, local production and innovation should support the wellbeing of our planetary commons.
Tags: production, commons, ethics, localization, design
Author: Jose Ramos
Jose Ramos and Sharon Ede are acting as lead editors, with the cosmo-localization working group as the larger editorial team. We reserve the right to make changes to the text and entries where we feel it is necessary, to remove entries we do not feel should be part of the dictionary, and to make other changes.
Jose Ramos, Action Foresight
Sharon Ede, AUDAcities