Conversê metarecicleiro pra parceria

July 13, 2004 at 2:38 am Leave a comment

I
As I commented in the fellowship proposal, our main
defficiency is documentation. I’m focusing the work
plan on providing an infrastructure and a methodology
in order to enable and improve both technical and
conceptual conversations about MetaReciclagem.
From that conversations, we believe will emerge
our vision and methodology, network architecture
and space design, based on things that are already
running.

We had a general MetaReciclagem meeting two weeks ago,
to inform everyone about the status of the projects. That day,
we started a conversation about MetaReciclagem methodology,
that is currently running on our mailing list. Very interesting
points are emerging. I’ll try to keep you aware whenever we
get to a consolidated point.

II
About the current situation of MetaReciclagem:

* Currently there are thirteen people directly involved with
MetaReciclagem (it means, dedicating some part of their time
to the projects and earning at least a minimal financial
compensation from that), six of them almost fully dedicated to
the project. We’ve got also around another twenty eventual
collaborators or volunteers.

* We’ve got an experimental lab in Santo Andr�, a city nearby
S�o Paulo. In Santo Andr�, we are working with seven cooperative
associations: they attended an educational process and each
association got an used computer by the end of it. As cooperative
associations in Brazil are not a natural target for business IT
industry, they lacked management software adapted to their
needs. We are now in the final process of creating a GPL PHP
+ MySQL system for them. It’s going to be released early
august, if everything goes ok. We’re also beginning a casemodding
course, an online “radio” streaming, and we’re helping in the
experimental technology part of a Public Science Museum / Open
School currently being developed, which will hold a computer
recycling lab, a multimedia lab using FOSS, and a series of scientific
experiments dealing among other things with computers and technology.
For the Museum, we have already set up an interactive videowall totally
built with old computers, and a thin client network for the library of
Parque Escola, where we are researching.

Pictures of Santo Andr�:
http://www.metareciclagem.com.br/imagens/santoandre/

* The autolabs /cajus project is done. We learned a lot from it, surprisingly
most about dealing with media educators that don’t want to learn to use
FOSS 😉 From the 300 youngsters that were at the beginning of the project,
around 12 are still with us. We are waiting for a position of the coordinator
of the project, about helping the kids creating a self-managed enterprise
working with IT and free software.

* Me, Dalton and Willians went to Porto Alegre to attend FISLi. We had the
chance to explain MetaReciclagem for the coordinator of Telecenters in
Porto Alegre, who pointed he wanted to replicate the project there.
Instead of selling our experience to them, we decided to invite his tech
guys to spend some weeks with us in S�o Paulo. Don’t know yet if he
understood, but we’re waiting. I joined tactical tech (.org) in a “mapping
session” for projects using FOSS to help nonprofits in Latin America.
Me and Dalton also spoke about nonprofits and free software at DebConf.

* There’s a project from the Planning Ministry, to get all used computers
from federal government and deliver them to social projects in order to
create telecenters. We’ve hear rumors of around 240,000 computers
a year. We’ve also heard rumors they would call MetaReciclagem to
help defining a methodology for that. Unfortunately, nobody called me
or anyone from MetaReciclagem about it. My guess is that it’s pure
political vaporware…

* We’ve met a guy called Etienne Delacroix. He’s from Belgium, has
some sort of involvement with MIT and is responsible for a course
called “Taller de Arte y Programacion”, someting like Art and Coding
Factory, in an university in Uruguay. Soon, he and Dalton, one of
MetaReciclagem tech articulators, were talking about possibilities
of deconstructing that thing called “the computer” to construct
experimental installations. We did a workshop las week, on FCM
(World Cultural Forum), here in S�o Paulo. Pictures here:

http://www.metareciclagem.com.br/imagens/sesc/

Etienne gave us a lot of insights about space design,
preparing technology for appropriation and treating
technology as craftsmanship. He already transformed
Dalton’s house in a permanent lab. I’m almost there also.

* Radiolivre.org is a “free radio rhyzome”. Some of the
guys of Radio *******, one of the most well-succeded
free radios in Brazil, got a server inside *****,
and set up a streaming server, to replicate the
transmissions of some free radios all around Brazil.
Even though, some of the radios do have an internet
connection, but not a computer to stream the signal.
We’re gonna provide those radios recycled computers.

* Pontos de Cultura is the new name of the BACs project,
from Claudio Prado, the articulator at Ministry of Culture,
which I think I have mentioned before. There will be an
experimental center downtown S�o Paulo, in a former
movie theater called Olido (pictures here:
http://articuladores.arca.ime.usp.br/?BecoLindo/Fotos )
and then 100 PdCs (“Culture Points”) throughout the
country. The goal is to provide an emerging technical
infrastructure to projects already working with cultural
production within a social context. They’ll get a PdC kit
(network server, multimedia workstation, mini-DV
camera, sound equipment) and if we can convince people
at the ministry about it, we’ll provide them a distributed
publishing and conversation environment, with integrated
IM, chat and P2P networking (BTW, how’s OpusCommons?
Do you think it fits?).

Yet to write:
* Liganois
* MetaOng
* MetaReciclagem methodology discussion

Next week.

III

> What are the preliminary shared values between the members of the group?
exactly what we’re trying to identify with the discussions
I told you about. Until a given point, it seemed like it was
something directly related to things we’ve been doing
around S�o Paulo. In the last few months, however,
people from other initiatives are getting more and more
interested in replicating metareciclagem. I guess it’s
changing, from a group of people doing things, to
a methodology of getting old technological assets in
order to create what we’ve been calling “social technology”
in order to transform communities, based in 4 points:
– free software
– lowtech
– free knowledge
– self-replication

> What are the points of divergence and differing points of emphasis?
mostly, engagement. some of our collaborators only want to post
comments on a mailing list, others want to dedicate their lives
full-time to the development of social technology.

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