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Protocols proposals for the development of bricolabs network

Whatever ways of interacting Bricolabs proposes, they need to be INCREMENTALLY beneficial for participating nodes. Many times we (and other organisations) have been asked to participate in networks (with the associated time cost) with a large, long-term, strategic goal in mind. These propositions founder - either quickly or slowly, because participation in the network reduces the strength of the nodes (including us) in the short term.

Instead, what needs to be devised are interactions which have tactical, short-term and local benefits for participating nodes. Only those sorts of interactions will encourage participation by organisations that are short of resources (which we all are!)

While I'm sure we all feel that strategic is important (if we didn't, we wouldn't want to get involved with a Bricolabs network) strategic must not bleed resource from tactical activity.

What's the minimum you'd expect/want from a bricolabs network?

  1. Some kind of international collaborative activity that involves and inspires Access Space participants, without an entry fee!
  2. A simply expressed, well conceived context (if not a manifesto, then a "whyto"... howto's come later) that we can quote, which will add value to our proposition and our funding bids.
  3. Research and evaluation: both "facts and figures" and "anecdotal evidence" that we can use to advocate our ways of working (and which will add value to our proposition and our funding bids!)
  4. Real-world meetings. E-contact is not enough!

(proposed by: James Wallbank)


Network protocol

always use another bricolabs service/support for projects instead of using non-bricolabs resources, if such a service exists in the bricolabs network of course.


Apply to a , yet to be defined, manifesto/certification/whateveryouwanttocallit that will make sure a bl is at least respecting key principles (FLOSS use would be mandatory for example, etc ...), joining for fun/fame/networking or loose general vision sharing makes the network weak andeasier to attack/criticize.

What's the minimum you'd expect/want from a bricolabs network?

  1. financial support for those who are making things
  2. lobbying power to unlock industrial networks

(proposed by Aymeric Mansoux)


What collaborative protocols can we distill from these texts?
- remote collaboration using open technologies - periodic site-specific workshops, tinkering sessions, strategic meetings and public events - exchange programmes - research and development projects in different constellations of 'nodes' - non-hierarchical, decentralised learning

What's the minimum you'd expect/want from a bricolabs network? The very minimum would be an online knowledge and community resource (some kind of enhanced wiki). For us, the most interesting is being involved with people working with similar principles, in a variety of contexts, with the possibility of forming collaborative projects to work on more focused topics. I would not expect it to drain energy by posing heavy administrative structure or funding requirements. We could see the network emerging incrementally, changing direction as the interests and constellations of people within the network change.

(proposed by Maja Kuzmanovich)

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