Meeting Minutes - March 9th, 2009

  • The literature review topic was a continuation of the last topic, that of Heidegger and Technology. We looked into Plato's view on technology (in the Gorgias) and the question he poses, “Can technology be value-laden?” As an age old philosophical question, we felt that our theory was in a good position to answer this question. For more information, see our literature review pages.
  • What our project does is turn a one industry town into a multi industry town (diversifying production possibilities)

  • Canada, by its nature is made up of all these vulnerable people tied up in one industry towns

    • This sort of adaptive mosaic is the idea behind RCE

    • Surplus capacity that enables action: capitalism is always seeking to be so efficient and it strives not to have surplus, but this surplus capacity, for us, frees us from being beholden to different companies.

    • Sharing productive capital increases range of production possibilities:

        • creativity allowed in the technology where none was before

        • craftsperson's creativity as a participant in a community gets rid of alienation. i.e. The creative artist surveys the community to see what it wants collectively and tries to fit her skills intol the large community

          • We might want to allow a space for hobbyism, in order for people to develop their skills

          • We might need to build spot for wonder, or creative spaces within homes. Part of the repository is its self-creativity, and as such, we need to provide spaces for this to happen.

        • Communities set themselves up as different from other communities such that each community has its own building structures, materials, use of landscape, etc. Because of this diversity each community can form part of an overarching organism of communities, working towards a common goal (if need be).

          • This, in turn, mirrors the repository. And we need a few things to happen in order for the analogy to be complete:

            • Promote their accomplishments

            • Days of diversification (where citizens explore their other capacities)

            • Have to be able to post files that allow people to express their emotional attachment with objects:

              • Has their been any work being done in order to express psychological attachments to homes, houses and family heirlooms?

              • i.e. Lawnmower sends us an email telling us how exited it is to interact with us on that day: start building the things so they is expressive and have personality. This is not an intensive livestock operation.

                • To what extent do we need to brand and personalize?

    • It is still a town, not a city: diversity of production is created by the repository without having to be a city.

        • The city by default has to serve the region, but now the reason is self-sufficient: this goes on to solve urbanization!

        • We also have to ask what the capacities of the city are now that it no longer provides the advantage of serving those industries: perhaps now the task of cities is to preserve social capital or historical capital.

  • We mentioned SHIRK grants, specifically, the Research and Development Initiative (April 7th, 2009).

    • Find the emails sent by “jocelyn.crivea@uregina.ca” on the Uregina ListServer re: RDI Initiative and the International Opportunies Fund.

    • The literature review topic was a continuation of the last topic, that of Heidegger and Technology. We looked into Plato's view on technology (in the Gorgias) and the question he poses, “Can technology be value-laden?” As an age old philosophical question, we felt that our theory was in a good position to answer this question. For more information, see our literature review pages.
    • What our project does is turn a one industry town into a multi industry town (diversifying production possibilities)

    • Canada, by its nature is made up of all these vulnerable people tied up in one industry towns

      • This sort of adaptive mosaic is the idea behind RCE

      • Surplus capacity that enables action: capitalism is always seeking to be so efficient and it strives not to have surplus, but this surplus capacity, for us, frees us from being beholden to different companies.

      • Sharing productive capital increases range of production possibilities:

          • creativity allowed in the technology where none was before

          • craftsperson's creativity as a participant in a community gets rid of alienation. i.e. The creative artist surveys the community to see what it wants collectively and tries to fit her skills intol the large community

            • We might want to allow a space for hobbyism, in order for people to develop their skills

            • We might need to build spot for wonder, or creative spaces within homes. Part of the repository is its self-creativity, and as such, we need to provide spaces for this to happen.

          • Communities set themselves up as different from other communities such that each community has its own building structures, materials, use of landscape, etc. Because of this diversity each community can form part of an overarching organism of communities, working towards a common goal (if need be).

            • This, in turn, mirrors the repository. And we need a few things to happen in order for the analogy to be complete:

              • Promote their accomplishments

              • Days of diversification (where citizens explore their other capacities)

              • Have to be able to post files that allow people to express their emotional attachment with objects:

                • Has their been any work being done in order to express psychological attachments to homes, houses and family heirlooms?

                • i.e. Lawnmower sends us an email telling us how exited it is to interact with us on that day: start building the things so they is expressive and have personality. This is not an intensive livestock operation.

                  • To what extent do we need to brand and personalize?

      • It is still a town, not a city: diversity of production is created by the repository without having to be a city.

          • The city by default has to serve the region, but now the reason is self-sufficient: this goes on to solve urbanization!

          • We also have to ask what the capacities of the city are now that it no longer provides the advantage of serving those industries: perhaps now the task of cities is to preserve social capital or historical capital.

    • We mentioned SHIRK grants, specifically, the Research and Development Initiative (April 7th, 2009).

      • Find the emails sent by “jocelyn.crivea@uregina.ca” on the Uregina ListServer re: RDI Initiative and the International Opportunies Fund.