Pangloss Labs is a centre of expertise in open source hardware, software and most importantly ideas and techniques. Currently both a French association and a Swiss association, run by entrepreneurs, we hold experimental (hardware, software and social entrepreneurship) labs, and prototype innovation activities across various sectors.
Zero to Maker by David Lang is a book does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a guide to how to find out how to learn (just enough) to make (just about) anything. I wanted this book so much I helped fund it on Kickstarter.
Jeremy Rifkin has a style of writing that annoys a lot of people, if you read the comments online. I found the Zero Marginal Cost Society to be a valuable contribution to the debate that is taking place about capitalism. Logically, capitalism will always find the lowest cost option, but with open source that cost should be approaching zero. So what happens if everything takes the lowest possible cost? What does society look like? How does it function?
This is not a howto guide that takes us to the economics of “Star Trek The Next Generation” but it helps move the debate on, and should be required reading for anyone involved in the sharing economy.
Dream, Build, Repair, Learn, Share
My main project right now is the creation of an ecological Fablab here in the Geneva region.
“Fab Labs give people the tools they need to create technology and make (almost) anything”
Professor Neil Gershenfeld – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Eco-Innovation is at the cutting edge of the third industrial revolution. When you combine innovations in energy production with the open source hardware movement you create very low cost & high value technologies.
We are building a creative space to stimulate local innovation. We dare to dream big, start small and grow fast. This has become Pangloss Labs. If you’re interested in joining us, take a look at our web site
In 2010 I looked around for a local ecological group to join. I was completely fed up with people telling me what I should and shouldn’t do, but no-one telling what my life would be like if I did these things. I wanted to know if a compost bin smells bad in the summer (no), how dangerous it is to cycle to work in Geneva (fine as long as it’s not icy), or what it’s really like to eat a vegan diet (not for me, but cut back on the red meat). and I wanted to find answers to these questions from people that weren’t trying to sell me something. Nothing existed around me so I started a local ecological association in Ferney-Voltaire, Eco-Pratique.
Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition network, demonstrates the power of just getting on with projects that people can join in with rather than wasting huge amounts of time trying to convince people that they should do things. A short book stuffed with concrete examples.