How do we contextualise care in a manner that isn’t reductive or commodified? When we talk about economies of care, what context are we using: statistics, patients or individuals?
As we get nearer to OpenVillage festival, it’s worth looking at how the language we use to frame a problem holds a lot of sway over the type of solution we end up with – as @Gehan reflects on in her fellowship post ‘Affliction or adaption?’:
The care and concern of one human being for another is a peculiar “commodity.” It can’t be stockpiled. https://buff.ly/2kpq7Uy #openvillageClick To Tweet
The author Tim Jackson some time ago advocated a low-productivity economy in an article in the New York Times. “At first, this may sound crazy; we’ve become so conditioned by the language of efficiency”. He argued excessive productivity made no sense in the caring professions where time and attention were called for; “The care and concern of one human being for another is a peculiar “commodity.” It can’t be stockpiled. It becomes degraded through trade. It isn’t delivered by machines. Its quality rests entirely on the attention paid by one person to another.”. This for me is where care starts to raise issues that I’d refer to as the politics of time, perhaps the subject for another post?
There are many new faces involved in OpenVillage, including Thomas Mboa, a researcher in the field of Open Science from Cameroon.
His interest in the maker movement and biohacking stems from the challenges of the African health care system – limitations here often involve a lack of adequate equipment, which is where hardware modification can become a really attractive solution. Where Mboa finds state support lacking for these new innovations, he sees a powerful alternative in the school curriculum for establishing a new industry in care research:
A powerful weapon is education. Imagine: introduce biohacking in the curriculum. What would happen after 10 years, 20 years? How could we do this, since our governments seems inactive? For me the first thing is to hack textbooks by writing ourselves. I did it through this platform : http://www.fabrel.org/.
In his introductory post he covers a range of interesting topics including the challenges of working within the economic limitations of the country to build communities and innovate in the field of open science and biohacking.“Biohacking is not completely new to Africa, but it remains not supported by African Governments” https://buff.ly/2hVlJfgClick To Tweet
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With over a million words shared around OpenCare we are scaling up our efforts and looking for a research coordinator to join us in Brussels. As we get better at aggregating the ideas, skills and knowledge of the Edgeryders community – now 4,000 strong and counting – we believe can break new ground in several fields, and at a higher scale than that of today. Think you have what it takes? Apply here now.We are starting a research network, and looking for its coordinator. Come work with us! https://buff.ly/2xSzroKClick To Tweet