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Making is connecting: follow up

We loved the extracts of the Making is Connecting book so much, we went and read the whole thing! Bongo has written up some of our thoughts on the Flowering Elbow blog : http://www.floweringelbow.org/2014/makers-community/thoughts-on-making-is-connecting/

Also, if anyone wants to take up the ongoing offer of a practical making session, this weekend is the perfect time as we’re having an open day at the workshop on Saturday – all welcome to come along, it’s wood-themed this time. http://www.floweringelbow.org/about-us/open-days/

Happy making!


Next Reading – Making is Connecting 15th November

Hi all,

It seems there is interest in the making theme, yay. I think we agreed last time we could meet 15th November in the Glen at 6pm.

If you are around and would like to come to our makers workshop open day on the 9th you would be very welcome: http://www.floweringelbow.org/2013/makers-community/first-open-workshop-day-coming-up-soon/

Otherwise, come another time!

So, if we go for the introduction and conclusion of the ‘Making is Connecting’ book by David Gauntlett, these are free to download off his website: http://www.makingisconnecting.org/  and maybe you might have a look at some of the videos and other things on that site. Also we have a little piece on our blog that might be worth looking at: http://www.floweringelbow.org/2012/mend/musings-on-mending-mendrs/




Reading Suggestion: making

How about a session on making and its transformative power? Steve/ Bongo and I have been meaning to write a paper on this for a while. We haven’t done that yet but we did write this post after attending a conference http://www.floweringelbow.org/2012/mend/musings-on-mending-mendrs/ .

David Gauntlett has written a book called ‘Making is Connecting’.  Seems you can get the intro and conclusions of his book from the website free http://www.makingisconnecting.org/, and videos etc

Also, how about combining with a practical session? As it happens we are organising our first open workshop day at the start of next month (9th November) – maybe we could do a reading group on Friday the 8th, or the following Friday to reflect on a visit? Details of the workshop and open day here: http://www.floweringelbow.org/about-us/monthly-open-days/

Also found a couple of papers, bit consumery perhaps:
Rosenberg, B.C. (2011) ‘The Our House DIY Club Amateurs, leisure knowledge and lifestyle media’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14(2), 173–190.
Watson, M., Shove, E. (2008) ‘Product, Competence, Project and Practice DIY and the dynamics of craft consumption’, Journal of Consumer Culture, 8(1), 69–89.

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Programme for this term

Just to match up the dates with the papers, this is what we have coming up 🙂

28th Feb: Simon Springer ‘Why a radical geography must be anarchist’ http://www.academia.edu/2254767/Why_a_radical_geography_must_be_anarchist

28th March: Paul Wapener on sacrifice (to be circulated nearer the time)

25th April: Demaria F, Schneider F, Sekulova F, and Martinez-Alier J (forthcoming) What is Degrowth? From an activist slogan to a social movement. Environmental Values.

30th May:  People and Planet, Royal Society http://royalsociety.org/uploadedFiles/Royal_Society_Content/policy/projects/people-planet/2012-04-25-PeoplePlanetSummary.pdf