Re: [DIYbio] DIY movement is being hijacked

Hi Pieter, 

I agree that we need both more communication and accountability within the DIYBio community. Frankly the "code of ethics" we have is rather weak. Perhaps more pressingly, I see a real and present lack of intracommunity communication about how the movement has benefitted from sharing and collaborations.

On your effort to describe clearly, in practical case studies, of how the DIY movement has increased accessibility, I would be glad to help. I was at the first BioHack the Planet (fall 2016) and wrote about what I saw as being tangible steps towards this end for BioCoder --

-- ws kamau 

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 9:59:57 AM UTC-8, Pieter Waag wrote:
I agree with you Lisa that we probably all much rather take the pragmatic approach and just keep doing what were already doing (creating open knowledhe and tools), but I am worried that the-path-in-the-making all of a sudden gets surrounded by the wrong crowd and supporters that don't see or deliberately ignore where it's heading.

Most DIYers start their projects just for fun, not interested in the political aspects. But what fun is it really once you find out that others steal your thunder and interpret the innocent label of f.e. "local produced" as a political statement instead of a eco-friendly indicator? Don't you agree?

Another teethless code of conduct is not what we need. Instead I am looking for more tangible actions.

I am now thinking of describing clearly how the DIY movement benefits from sharing and collaborations. Practical case studies, not in terms of ideological principles. Examples of how appropriation of biotechnologies that enabled a much bigger group of people from benefitting, like how the ODIN shop provides access to CRISPR kits that would otherwise be difficult to get. A few more examples would make the trajectory much more tangible.

Please make more suggestions in case you agree.

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