Open source branding lecture at Parsons

Last month I was in New York invited by Otto von Busch at The School of Design Strategies for a lecture and a workshop about the concept of open source  in fashion and how I experienced it through the projects I co-funded starting from 2005 ( Serpica Naro and Openwear). The SDS is “an experimental educational environment configured to advance innovative approaches to design and business education in the evolving context of cities, services, and ecosystems”. Below you can find the slides of the lecture and here some pictures of the workshop! It was a great experience working together with Otto but also Pascale Gatzen and finally meeting with Giana, from Hacking Couture.

You’re Doing What? Make A Living Inventing Your Job

Article originally published on Digicult – Articolo originariamente pubblicato su Digicult The (long) way heading (by subway) to the New York Science Hall, hosting the World Maker Faire in Queens, gives me time to read some free presses and resume an article of the sunday NYTimes I haven’t finished yet. It’s a long piece about the twilight of the US manufacturing sector, started from the 50’s to nowadays [1], and about the definite takeover of China. At the same time, other articles are dealing with the increasing unemployment rate, and with the even more worrying fact that one out of three US unemployed citizen has been jobless for more than a year. From long-term contracts to long-term unemployment. [2] But it’s a fact that the Americans keep themselves busy, they are pragmatic and not afraid to get their hands dirty: the month before they’re working in a Manhattan’s skyscraper, and the following one they’re working at an experimental project in a Queens’ lab. Yes, It’s possible!. And

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Street vendor project in NY/ Un progetto sui venditori ambulanti a NY

(EN)It’s a fresh news the proposal of a regional law by Formigoni/DeCorato, Milan’s sherif, to prevent the “anarchy of take-away ” limiting the possibility for people to buy food and eat it in front of the shops. And recently I discovered this interesting project based in New York and called Street Vendor. It supports small businesspeople working long hours under harsh conditions, asking for nothing more than a chance to sell their goods on the public sidewalk and , in recent years, have been victims of New York’s aggressive “quality of life” crackdown. The project aims to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change and it’s an initiative promoted by Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers. On their website you can find two lovely infographics: one exploring the world of street vendors, the second one is a guide for the street vendors themselves to know their rights.

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