Were ‘Technology Networks’ the Fab Labs of the 1980s?

A new article by Adrian Smith in the Journal of Peer Production looks at the story of Technology Networks – community based workshops which arose in the UK in the early 1980s. At a time of high unemployment, they provided a space for sharing machine tools, access to technical advice, and prototyping services – anticipating…

Paper: the Lucas Plan and socially useful production

A working paper by Adrian Smith tells the story of the ‘socially useful production’ movement in the 1970s and 80s, in particular the Lucas Plan, and its lessons for how we might think about democratising technology today. Socially Useful Production STEPS Working Paper 58 by Adrian Smith View abstract Download the paper (pdf, 980 kb)…