MakerLab Human Rights : 2012
When we first got asked about doing a MakerLab on Human Rights, we got the proposal of making T-Shirts and different objects with the Human Rights logo on it. The idea was to spread the Human Rights logo, at the same time that making those objects in a fair and open way which people could experience.
But we saw other potential in it. We saw that most makers have an inherent feeling for human rights. Non of them go around talking about how Human-Rights-Friendly their products or process are, instead they want to inspire people about a different way of doing things. A way that empowers Human Beings and the environment we live in. And they do this just because they believe is making a difference, and they love to do it.
In this sense, the MakerLab was not about defending the right to have a free speech or shelter. It was about the right to be a Human Being, and inspire others to be too. Not just with the minimums we need to live, but with the right to fully enjoy life and all its excitements and thrills. The MakerLab was the opportunity for those people trying to do something, to get in contact with other like-minded people and Make it happen, It was about making people happy. The logo, inspiration for this Makerlab, is then slowly translated into a symbol. A symbol for those that want to change the world to make it better for all. Is a symbol for those that have an idea, and can’t keep it to them self, but need to make it into the world.
You can find more info about what happened here: www.makerlab.info/humanrights
Thanks to…Predrag Stakić, for the Logo Design,Everybody who came and took part,Everyone who passed through and contributed,Everybody who shared their ideas and thoughts,To those who intended to participate but couldn’t this time,To everyone we missed off due to sheer volumes of anarchic participation,To the forces of chaos, serendipity and pure collective will,To the world.
The Human Rights MakerLab is a collaboration between DMY, InterInstitute in Berlin, www.humanrightslogo.net, Open Design City (Betahaus) and numerous content partners. It is facilitated by Jay Cousins and Pedro Pineda using the MakerLab Process.