How did Cuba champion open source culture?

Ernesto Oroza & Tomas Diez

💭 The concept of open source has been practised for decades. In Cuba, 1991 – Verde Olivo – the official press of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces published ‘El Libro de la Familia’ (The Book of Family). ‘El Libro de la Familia’ compiles things – from refrigerators to recipes – from the Soviet era and guides on how to repair them. This was a response to the 90’s economic crisis and began to lay out the foundations of collective, collaborative culture which is so often seen in the world of open source.

📺 In this episode, Ernesto discusses how material scarcities have led to powerful movements in design and development and how it is interrelated with emergent futures. Ernesto visited Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC to give a masterclass to the students of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures about his inspiring work and message. Ernesto is a Cuban artist and designer working at the intersection of art, technology and societies.

🗣 Hosted by Fab Lab Barcelona & MDEF Director Tomas Diez 💬 Future Talks is a series of conversations with friends of Fab Lab Barcelona, exploring the nature of emerging futures from the past to the present and beyond. 📢 🔎 Follow Fab Lab Barcelona on FacebookInstagram & Twitter.


  • Ernesto Oroza 
  • Fab Lab Barcelona