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There has been some talk lately about EVOKE "Guilds". I like this idea.

The purpose of a guild to me, at least on a site like EVOKE, would be to give people with similar interests or goals a place to communicate, collaborate, and work together towards guild specific goals and activities. It would be a cohesive and well organized network of people from all over united by some sort of shared activity, interest, goal, or idea.

The guild would have a separate site, unless Alchemy creates some feature to accommodate guilds. This site, probably a wiki, would be used to consolidate, organize, and work on guild activities and projects. The guild may also have some sort of guild specific chat room, a place to socialize with your guildmates in realtime, either to talk about EVOKE, the guild, or projects, or just to get to know your guildmates better.

Activities and projects may include: Joint or wh***-guild blog posts, guild-specific projects and activities, a wh***-guild Evokation, and whatever else would grow naturally out of such a creation.

Having said all of this, I would be interested in creating a Maker's Guild, a network for everyone in EVOKE who loves to create and make things, engineers, tinkerers, fabricators, hobbyists, etc. The guild would then create things related to Making: Blog posts, videos, and reports about things like Fablabs, Ponoko, bicyle or cement-bag bellows in Africa, windmills, and anything else made relating to social innovation; ideas for and actual inventions or objects that could be turned into social innovation (example: Amy Smith's Charcoal Maker); projects for group members to do relation to making and fabrication that would involve real action; and very possibly a guild Evokation.

You can read about my own interest in making in my ACT1 post, or another Agent's interest in fabrication in their IMAGINE1 post.

If you are interesting in being a part of or helping create this guild, let me know! Message me or reply to this, and if you see another agent who you think may like it, let them know too!

Together, we can Make the world a better place. Learn, Create, Act.

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Comment by Brian Ballsun-Stanton on March 6, 2010 at 11:52pm
Fascinating. What would being a member of this guild entail? Are there any locality restrictions?
Comment by Amos Meeks on March 6, 2010 at 11:57pm
It would entail as much as you wanted it too. If you are really into it, you could start and participate in as much as you would want. If you just wanted to sit and see what other makers are up to, you could do that too.

There would be no locality restrictions. In fact, the opposite would be best. Hopefully the guild would have people from all over the worlds and from diverse location and backgrounds.

If there is any sort of limiting factor to who would be in the guild or who wouldn't I think that there may be some kind of application, where to join the guild you would have to submit an idea for something the guild could do related to making. Then the person becomes a member based on just doing this, not how "good" their idea is. The hope is that these ideas would be wild and crazy, and could be refined by the guild into something useful, doable, and feasible.
Comment by Josh Judkins on March 7, 2010 at 9:01am
Hi Amos - unsurprisingly I think the idea of a Maker's guild is brilliant! I also agree that having the widest range of people involved in it would be ideal - I was really blown away by the Bushpunk movement which was highlighted at last year's Maker Faire Africa.

I'm sure if we work together we can find a way to draw those interested in the Maker movement together here in the EVOKE community and share our ideas and knowledge. =)
Comment by Luci Temple on March 7, 2010 at 9:14am
Sounds great, count me in :) I'm a writer, filmmaker, and blogger.
Comment by Thomas Maillioux on March 7, 2010 at 9:19am
I say thee yay, Amos ! I suggest you add your idea to the official EVOKE wiki so you and your collaborators can start working together. I'm in touch with some people who work in the rapid prototyping field and I'll try to point them your way. Also, if you're in need of real world contacts I suggest you take a look at this list of hackerspaces around the world - they're bound to be full of at least one, if not more like-minded people ! Good luck !
Comment by Amos Meeks on March 7, 2010 at 2:04pm
Josh--Thank you for the link about bushpunk! It is not a term I had heard before, but I love it!

Thomas--The main two things I see in the map of hackerspaces around the world are the lack in Africa and the lack in China. I don't think I realized it at the time, but what I see myself doing in 2020 in my IMAGINE1 post is basically creating hackerspaces all over the developing world.

I have created a page in the EVOKE wiki: http://urgentevoke.wikia.com/wiki/Maker's_Guild
However, for guild collaboration I think it would be best to have a completely separate wiki.
Comment by Thomas Maillioux on March 7, 2010 at 2:19pm
Hey Josh, the thing is they are not maped - which doesn't mean they do not necessarily exist ! As Josh pointed, bushware and bushpunk are a lifestyle over there. So your task might not be as daunting as it seems to be ! Good luck !
Comment by Monica Toth on March 8, 2010 at 5:50am
This is a brilliant idea, Amos. Please count me in your number, and let me know if there's anything I can do to help this get started.
Comment by Thomas Maillioux on March 8, 2010 at 6:21am
By the way - I was thinking about this under the shower (the place where IMPORTANT thinking takes place !) and I realized that if we don't know through our own resources who are the entrepreneurs in our target countries and what they are doing we could still get in touch who might know ! How about getting in touch with the local Lion's Club and Rotary Club teams ? Both (especially the Rotary) encourage entrepreneurship where it's struggling to happen. Another good lead would be getting in touch with micro-loans organizations that have an activity over there. Superstructing on pre-existing structures... ;)
Comment by Rob Lichty on March 8, 2010 at 6:14pm
Dude - count me in! I'll let you know more about my company as I make it up! Working out bugs in business plan now although things seem to be progressing without it. Can't tell you about the patents I'm working on yet... but maybe in a month or two. Great idea on the guild. Lets "MAKE" cool stuff! http://www.urgentevoke.com/profile/RobLichty

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