Resilient Makers Stories

Responding to moments of crisis

  • Aug 24, 2022

How do we cultivate a resilient and responsive distributed design community? From August 23rd to October 17th Fab Lab Barcelona, as a partner of the Reservist Project is hosting a weekly online chat series, where guests share their personal experiences of responding to moments of crisis. The aim is to collaboratively work on a shared vision, align values, and develop best practices.

The chat series will be facilitated by Jean Luc Pierite, as part of the MDEF Residency Program. They are part of the European project Reservist that aims to establish a network of ‘reservist cells’, resilient networks that can be activated within 48hrs to switch to manufacturing medical products and services that are spiking in demand.


Aug 23 2022, 16:00 – 17:00

Emilio Velis

Emilio Velis is the Executive Director of Appropedia Foundation, a US-based nonprofit focused on access to knowledge regarding sustainability and development. Emilio is an advocate of the open movement through social impact areas such as open licenses, environmental sustainability, and appropriate technologies to improve vulnerable communities. He is a Fellow of the 16th CALI Foundation class and an Aspen Global Leadership Network member.

Aug 30 2022, 16:00 – 17:00

Lemuel Clark “Archie” Velasco

Archie Lemuel Clark Velasco has a career focused on innovation systems and collaborative community building of fabrication laboratories (FAB LAB). From 2015 to 2022 he managed the first open makerspace innovation center in Southern Philippines, FAB LAB Mindanao, a collaborative project of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Science and Technology, the U.S. Department of State through the GIST Program.
He founded FAB LABs Philippines along with 23 FAB LABs as the Philippine FAB LAB Network and he has built various FAB LABs in the Philippines which are either community-based, business-focused, university-based and medical makerspaces along with innovation center engagements focused on FAB LAB innovation ecosystems with top Philippine Universities.
Since 2019 he has been implementing the Makers without Borders Webinar Program with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and since 2020 the Makerspace Management Academy with USAID STRIDE. He is currently an associate professor of information systems at the Department of Information Technology at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology.

Sep 6 2022, 16:00 – 17:00

Vaneza Caycho Ñuflo

Vaneza graduated with an Architecture career at the National University Federico Villarreal (UNFV) and has acquired a specialization diploma in innovative furniture design Toulouse Lautrec (TLS) with professional experience in parametric design and traditional carpentry.
Vaneza is a Fab Academy 2014 alumni and has completed the CBA-MIT Graduate Program in Digital Manufacturing (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). She is involved in project management at Fab Lab Peru Association, a member of the Latin American Fab Lab Network (FAB LAT), Fab Design Manager, Fab Kids Peru and Fab Women Makers & Fabbers.
Vaneza is the CEO of iFurniture] Digital Carpentry, winners of StartUp Peru 2nd Generation, proposed to revitalize the carpentry industry by applying new technologies and innovating in design engineering.
She is a promoter of CNC technology, amateur cyclist, bettles lover, passionate traveler, digital carpenter, interested in urban labs, traveler by passion and maker & woodworker at #fablabperu.

Ohad Meyuhas

Ohad Meyuhas is an architect and the head of innovation labs and CSR operation at the 3D printing company Stratasys, Inc. In his previous position as the director for academic research he shaped and manage products, created the first global 3D printing curriculum that is implemented in universities worldwide and the first Certification for additive manufacturing.
He is presently a lecturer at IDC Media School focused on tangible UX, UI with digital fabrication and programming. And lecturer for parametric design and fabrication at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art.
Ohas established and runs the Israeli FabLab network and is an instructor at the global Fab Academy Diploma course for Digital Fabrication since 2011.
His research projects include exploring the relationship between digital fabrication, education, and social impact, and check how those new technologies can shape our daily life and the way we manufacture today as well as the the relation between personal fabrication, collective composition, and the factories of tomorrow.

Sep 20 2022, 16:00 – 17:00

Enrico Bassi

Enrico Bassi, who graduated in “Design & Engineering” and “Product Design” at the Polytechnic University of Milan, coordinated the first Italian Fab Lab (digital manufacturing laboratory) in 2011: Fab Lab Italia. Subsequently, he was president and coordinator of FabLab Torino, the public lab of Officine Arduino. In 2015, he completed FabAcademy. In 2016, he became an Instructor and Global Reviewer for the new edition of the Fab Academy, held at the Opendot Fab Lab, which he has coordinated since 2014 (www.opendotlab.it). For Opendot, he also supervises European and international projects on the topic of open-source health solutions (www.careables.org) and the circular economy (https://reflowproject.eu/). He has taught and continues to teach Digital Manufacturing and Design Engineering at various universities and academies, including LABA (Free Academy of Fine Arts, Brescia), NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan), Domus Academy (Milan), and the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design at SUPSI (Lugano).
In 2019 he cofounded FabCare, the platform dedicated to labs around the world interested in developing health&care solutions. 

Sep 27 2022, 12:00 – 13:00

Andrew Lamb

Andrew is the Global Innovation Lead at international humanitarian relief organization Field Ready, Chair of the Internet of Production Alliance and Director of Massive Small Manufacturing Ltd. Andrew has previously worked on sustainability and sustainable development issues as Chief Executive of Engineers Without Borders UK and as a consultant to UNESCO, the World Bank and the global bodies for the engineering profession. His work now is all about enabling distributed local manufacturing and the benefits that this can bring. He lives in London, UK, and loves Lego.

Oct 4 2022, 16:00 – 17:00

Adriana Cabrera

Adriana Cabrera is a scientific assistant and lecturer at Fab Lab Kamp-Lintfort Germany in the faculty of Communication and Environment at the University of Applied Sciences Rhine Waal. Originally from Colombia, she works in different areas of design, art, and interaction.
Her interest and motivation are to continue the research in the field of embodiment interaction combining the expertise of soft materials and bio-inspired design in the field of digital manufacturing.

Stay tuned for more chats!

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Reservist cells

The recent pandemic has illustrated the need to have a population resilient in times of crisis. It helps us to understand how our daily practices could change as well as how important it is to better anticipate which networks have to be created at different scales to face the scarcity of resources, products and services and let people have easy and fair access to basic commodities. 

On top of the emergence of more distributed approaches exploring how to better live and produce in proximity areas (i.e. from 1km to 15km cities to regions) (Manzini, 2022), preventive measures are being designed for better crisis management.

Reservist cells are defined as…

“A network of stakeholders

ready to act when emergencies are declared”

Towards a Reservist Makers Cell? A call for open source designs, creative + resilient mindsets and locally shared fabrication places.

About the facilitator

Jean-Luc Pierite (member, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana) is an Indigenous activist and designer with areas of focus in supporting distributed networks for education; public policy advocacy for racial, economic, and climate justice; and supporting philanthropic foundations committed to diversity and inclusion. Jean-Luc serves as President of the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB), since 2017. Based on an over fifty-year organizational history, Jean-Luc carries forward NAICOB’s values in fundraising and liaising with community organizations and government agencies. Jean-Luc also serves on the Black Mass. Coalition executive committee in which he advocates for racial and economic justice through targets for public and private sectors. Jean-Luc also serves on the Community Advisory Group for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation supporting K12 students and BIPOC-led organizations. Previously, Jean-Luc worked as the Logistics and Procurement Manager for The Fab Foundation in which he managed inventories of community-based digital fabrication labs for distributed educational programming.

Jean-Luc has been awarded the inaugural LaDonna Brave Bull Allard Science Activist Award at The Global Community Bio Summit which is hosted by the Community Biotechnology Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He is also part of the Global Community Bio Fellows 3.0 to grow the movement of grassroots life sciences and research and participates in the BIPOC Makers Collective as supported by Nation of Makers. Jean-Luc previously served as co-convener for the Institute for Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) which fosters relationships between academics and community language activists.

Jean-Luc has earned a Master in Design for Emergent Futures from the Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Jean-Luc also earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Humanities with a co-major in Mass Communication and Japanese from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jean-Luc also earned an Associate of Science in Video Game Design from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

Reservist has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 101016041