FabLabs impact on the glocal community underestimated

One of the first FabLabs in The Netherlands is currently severely threatened in its current existence, as its host – a collective of entrepreneurs, citizen scientists & artists – was not chosen by the city of Amersfoort to buy the heritage premises they have used as their homebase for the last 13 years.

The FabLab in Amersfoort has been embedded in a unique community called the War (named after the premises, which was formerly called the Warner Jenkinson Paint factory). The building is one of the oldest factory premises in the town of Amersfoort. Its uniqueness has been lauded in the numerous (inter)national publications on fablabs, grassroots initiatives and sustainability issues.

I want to emphasize the interchange with the greater social context any FabLab is part of, how FabLabs are deeply embedded in their local community – which in my opinion is crucial for its development and impact on the greater good.

I call on the worldwide hosts of fablabs to showcase their reasons for existence. I call on city councils, city representatives, city officials, journalists, scientists, visionaries, fablab managers & fablab users to voice their support for experimental societal initiatives. Please show your own champions in your vicinity and use the tag #toekomstindewar #fablabamersfoort.

Like  Cindy Kohtala of the Aalto University in Finland puts it: “I attended The Great Gathering of the Commons at Fablab Amersfoort in August 2016 where I participated in material experiments and well-informed discussions on peer-to-peer production and how to identify and protect valuable commons. It is the War in Amersfoort where I go when I want to learn about how networked, distributed, non-hierarchical p2p communities operate – and how sustainability visions can be enacted in evolving dialogue and action.”

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