Looking forward to your presentation, as I am interested in this idea of self-sufficiency of shared machine shops. Here is a nice intro to a book (in Spanish only ) that reflects a bit the work and practices of certain collectives in the so-called “periphery” of the world economy some years ago, through the concept of “technological sovereignty”:
Technological sovereignty deals with technologies developed from and for civil society, and the initiatives that comprise it try to create alternatives to commercial and / or military technologies. Their actions prove to be based on social responsibility, transparency and interactivity imperatives, which reinforce the degrees of trust that can be deposited in them. They are based on software, hardware or free licenses because they use or develop them (often coinciding both dynamics ), but its characteristics go beyond this contribution.
The very development of its initiatives promotes social transformation through the empowerment of its participants. Whether it is through participatory development methodologies that unite “do it yourself” with “do it together”, or models that focus on cooperativism, barter, peer-to-peer exchange and other expressions of social economy.