Peter Troxler

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The Next Wave of Manufacturing

2012 has literally been the year of all sorts of New Industrial Revolution prophecies. Jeremy Rifkin has popularized his idea of the Third Industrial Revolution and the shift to lateral power at the ‘Mission Growth’ conference in Brussels. Chris Anderson has written about the maker movement and how this would would be the New Industrial…

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As A Service

X as a service (XaaS) has been booming in software—but not only. Rolls Royce aircraft engines are available as a service since 1989 (http://rrpf.rolls-royce.com/RRPF/); car leasing (and in fact leasing of industrial equipment) is a normality. But imagine for a second every thing would be turned into a service … what would happen? I think:…

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Open Source Design: Disruption, Desire, Destiny?

At the Swiss Design Network Conference in Lugano, I gave this keynote on the impact of the 3rd industrial revolution on design. In this keynote I try two things: to relate open design to the wider context of these similar developments which in the view of Jeremy Rifkin constitute the ingredients for a new industrial…

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Lecture @ Digital Sustainability in the Knowledge Society

Today I gave a short lecture in Marcus M. Dapp’s course “Digital Sustainability in the Knowledge Society” at ETH, Zurich. Essentially I was trying to convey the basic ideas of open source hardware and how this development is tied to the notion of the Third Industrial Revolution (according to Jeremy Rifkin). As it happens, time…

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Open Knowledge Festival – Helsinki, 18-22 September 2012

There is another Open Knowledge event coming up — 18-22 September 2012 in Helsinki — and I’m a proud member of the advisory board and guest programme planner for a stream on Open Design / Hardware / Manufacturing & Making. This stream covers Open Design in all its various facets (from design as a blueprint…

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Open Design Now

My most recent book is “Open Design Now”, edited by Bas van Abel, Lukas Evers, Roel Klaassen and myself. The book is available from BIS publishers http://www.bispublishers.nl/bookpage.php?id=190 Content will gradually be made available at http://opendesignnow.org/; my contributions are: Libraries of the Peer Production Era The Beginning of a Beginning of the Beginning of a Trend…

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Libraries of the Peer Production Era

In an upcoming book “Open Design Now — Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive” (to be available as of June, pre-orders now possible, I develop my thinking about Fab Labs and similar places further to call them the Libraries of the Peer Production Era: Mapping the landscape of commons- based peer production, I analyse the arena…

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Open Design in Styria

Only two contributions of mine made it into the faboulous “Open Design” brochure of Creative Industries Styria, published in the run up to the Design Month in May this year — an article on FabLabs particularly with consideration for the alpine region (not forgetting to mention FabLab Lucerne that opened on Feb 24) and a…

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Unconferencing as method … New Paper Published

In 2008 I had the chance to design and run a 24-hour creative marathon for ETH Zurich (for details and credits see here). The over 100 participants generated 17 project proposals how to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption at this university. Not only was this great fun to do; Patricia Wolf and Ralf Hansmann,…

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Open Data Special @ PICNIC ’10

Open Data Special @ PICNIC’10 Frank Kresin, Karen van der Molen and Tom Demeyer, all Waag Society, Amsterdam, served a whole day of discussion on Open Data at the 5th Picnic media festival last Friday, 24th September. The day consisted of presentations from a panel of five experts in the morning and an—extremely well-attended—bar-camp like…

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