Two conferences + a presentation at Supermarkt in Berlin
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A gathering of 20 thinkers and doers, from various disciplines (economy, anthropology, philosophy, activists, ...), locked in a small castle 20 minutes south of Berlin, for 3 days, working up to 12 hours a day to flesh out the basis of a new theory of value.
The current world is still dominated by two broad lines of thought: capitalism and Marxism. Our economy is organized based on two major and conflicting theories of value: the capitalist value theory (the value of a commodity is its price, set through market dynamics) and Marx' labor theory of value (the value of things stems from the labor required to create them). New economic practices cannot be understood within these two theoretical frameworks. We need a new theory of value.
A full report will be soon published, stay tuned...
The “design global, manufacture local” (DGML) model builds on the conjunction of the digital commons (e.g. open knowledge and design) with desktop manufacturing and automation technologies (e.g. 3D printing and CNC machines). It describes the processes where design is developed, shared and improved as a global digital commons, whereas the actual customised manufacturing takes place locally. DGML could be a model of sustainable development which recognises the limits and scarcities posed by finite resources and effectively organises material activities accordingly.Moderator: Michiel SchwarzSpeakers: Vasilis Niaros, Tiberius Brastaviceanu, Lisha Sterling