Level #2 Local connections

Identification of how makespaces can help their local area with respect to manufacturing and manufacturing business development, and to successfully respond to economic (business generation), social (employment, training and skills), environmental (local manufacturing, supply and waste management), and technological changes.

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WHAT WE HAVE DONE

We have undertaken some research into the role of local networks and have a list of speakers and participants for our next symposium.

We have started to plot out what we’d like to investigate through feasibility studies at this level and have contacted a range of interesting people to come and speak or participate in our event on the 21st- 22nd of July.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

Our symposium for this level is in July 2015. We have secured the venue and you can now book tickets.

To broaden the range of people able to attend and participate in the research call we have split the symposium into two days, participants can choose to either attend one or both days.

We are interested in people from a range of sectors attending the symposium, including representatives from; Makespace, Waste Management, SMEs and Startups, Retailers, Education, Local Residents, Investors, Local Government, Light Industry, Suppliers and Supply Chain.

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO

At the symposium, we will launch the call for feasibility studies at this level.

The Feasibility Study at this level is anticipated to be an investigation into how makespaces can best perform as decentralised sites for the production of consumer goods within a local network and locality.

Exploring issues of the circular economy, intellectual property, quality control, digital and traditional manufacturing, material use, waste disposal and reuse, supply chains, business models, and the relationship with retail and consumer engagement.

The symposium will inform the study selection. Each feasibility study’s make up will be determined through open competition, with selection and evaluation conducted by the Executive Group, assisted by written reviews from two members of the core team.

Proposals will be limited to 4 pages covering track record, background, objectives, workplan, and potential impact. You can see a draft proposal form here.

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