Diffracting + Decentralisation: exploring collective asymmetry

This topic is to prepare the THX meeting at PAF: https://textb.pa-f.org/t/thx/

Below is a copy of the pad linked above.

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Diffracting + Decentralisation: exploring collective asymmetry

Hacking and Philosophy at Pa-f

Oct 31st to Nov 4th 2019 in Saint Erme, France

T/H\X <https://thx.pa-f.org/>

Come for 5 days of informing experience from/towards theory and combining desires into action. Through conversation, study groups, participatory workshops and diffractive readings we will address the implications of technology in our diverse collective endeavours about:

  • self-organisation ( agency of resistance networks - from autonomy to stigmergy )
  • infrastructure ( decentralisation in the context of complex production chains from conception to disposal, through slavery and ecocide )
  • solidarity ( freedom as responsibility )

Event open to all, we expect around (42 - 101) participants in the limit of available space.
Price: one-time PAF annual registration of 12€ (if you’re not already a member) + 35€ per day including lodging, food and beverages.
(PAF is not sponsored or subsidised. PAF is paid for through the residency and membership fees of the about 1100 residents that pass by in a year.)

Reservation: thx@pa-f.org

Call for workshops, activities TBA.


( https://textb.pa-f.org/t/thx-speakers/ )


( https://textb.pa-f.org/t/thx-topics/ )


Invited speakers would prepare among themselves before the event (during Summer) for a 4 hour conversation among themselves, on the first morning of the event, that would give the beat of the meeting. Then we would work with smaller groups where the invited speakers would ‘float’ from one group to the next, gaining transversal insight that could be used to steer the conversation towards some individuating goal.


( https://textb.pa-f.org/t/thx-cooking/ )


( https://textb.pa-f.org/t/thx-firstpad )

( https://textb.pa-f.org/t/thx-archive1/ )

( https://ps.zoethical.org/c/cooperation/paf )

Hi all, I would like to propose a woirkshop: I would like to join and do a workshop on this:


To finish and to instigate a discussion, we propose a series of indicative standards that test the waters, raise awareness and make visible the gap between where we are now and where have to go. The triple challenges of climate change, peak oil and social breakdown are coming. The question is not if, but when. Our standards are a shock therapy to the current practice of making. The sociability standards are workable and stem directly from the urgencies we have discussed. They will ensure interoperability between all the emerging actors. They require the joining of different actors that so far have not been involved in the making of standards. All technological standards are also social standards.


  • Systems that are designed by at least twenty people distributed across the world.
  • Systems that are built less than 150 miles from where the raw materials are sourced.
  • Systems that will not be deployed more than 50 miles from where they are built.
  • Systems whose components are modular and backward compatible to allow local repair, upgrade and downgrade.

system Thinking

  • Systems that fix end costs as a percentage on top of publicly available production, transportation and disposal costs.
  • Systems that communicate the break down of energy costs of pro- duction, transport and breakdown of the product.
  • Systems that automatically generate a fixed, public discussion u r l for each item.


  • Systems that encourage face-to-face contact. • Systems that build mutual responsibility.
  • Systems that encourage conflict. • Systems that during their lifetime will be used by more than 5 people. - Systems that enable strong bonds between people and the environment. • Systems that treat resources as equals.
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Sounds great to me @robvank. @j-b, @natacha?

sounds great!

would be awesome to have you and also to connect digitally to the bricos out there!

Hey welcome @0xF yes for sure feel free to announce this on the bricos, it would be great.

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