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Critical Making: Studying RRI Principles in the Maker Community

Objective

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has shown the importance of the global maker community for a rapid response to the lack of medical hardware supplies and reveals the great social innovation potential of the maker movement. In Critical Making we want to add scientific insights into the potentials of the maker movement for critical, socially responsible making, and show how these communities can offer new opportunities for young makers of all genders to contribute to an open society via open innovation. Thus, we will study grassroots innovation processes taking place in maker spaces, hacker spaces, fablabs, etc. and online spaces and relate them to RRI practices. More specifically, we will search for and analyse existing innovation and co-design processes taking place in these open spaces to find out in how far they reflect or contradict RRI principles. Following a mixed method approach will enable us to collect data, analyse it, actively improve practices and develop theories and synthesise findings. Next to analysing existing practices, we will co-design, evaluate and disseminate concrete interventions that aim to foster RRI principles in the maker movement. In three case actions the project will specifically look at aspects of gender, openness and the recruitment of young talents. As a result we will co-define measure how to better implement RRI principles in the open innovation movement taking place across maker communities. Our findings will provide hands-on input for practitioners in the field and will enrich the scientific knowledge base in the RRI community on innovation processes outside of academia, aiming to harness the full innovation potential of the global grassroots maker movement.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/coronavirus

Call for proposal

H2020-SwafS-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH
Address
Linke Wienzeile 246
1150 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 309 000

Participants (4)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 625
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 230 000
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
WIKIFACTORY EUROPE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 191 875
Address
Calle Carrera De San Jeronimo 17
28014 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GLOBAL INNOVATION GATHERING EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 233 000
Address
Wilhelmine-gemberg-weg 14
10179 Berlin
Activity type
Other