ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY

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Communications


As we are driven away from face to face communications more and more each day, it is important that we understand the technology used to replace it. And important that we have access to the technology in the first place.

We at the radical imagination are using open source operating systems and reusing computers to provide guidance and access to as many as people possible specially those financially challenged.


But face-to-face technology is best.


Computers


We have been gathering computers, servers and laptops donated from a variety of sources from businesses, community groups and individuals. We then provide open source operating systems, and productivity tools. To gain experience and understanding of electronic communications, using open tools that offer access to innovative approaches and to cut costs. Setting up people with a much more creative and innovative use of computers and technology.


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BIOMETERICS

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Biometerics?


At the mention of the word biometrics, folk can fly off on ideas of the surveillance state, the snoopers charter, airport body scanners, chasing criminals and Hollywood cop, spy, and dystopian  futuristic movies. Equal access to biometrics would make it more accessible and understood.

As the lady with the big heart controlled by biometrics, says. Mistakes made behind closed doors are hidden from everyone. With her pacemaker as a prime example. 


See me hear me


How useful would voice recognition be. How useful would a fall sensor be. How useful would heart monitor be. How useful would a smell sensor be. How useful would sound to light or light to sound sensors to a deaf person, blind person op a person with mobility difficulties. Biometrics are not the sole domain of big companies and government agencies, but are available at low cost using Open Source hardware as well as substantial support from on line forums. We can show some examples of this work.


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ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

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Collect your own data


With global warming on the rise and energy prices rocketing we need some empirical data in order to formulate a plan of action. This would also include internal monitoring of the environment directly effected by human beings.

i.e. moisture levels in the home, insulation effectiveness and the multitude of aspects of energy consumption in your day-to-day inside and outside of our homes.


You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows


The thing is how do we engage people in the importance of these things with everything else going on in their lives. Given that homes could be made and built more inhabitable within these considerations and the added plus of saving on bills. We have got folk interested in building weather stations for example and hosting them within community groups. These are the kind of ideas that can open big data to ordinary people. This along with other easily made equipment,  can open up new ideas to looking at the environment. Which is going to become an imperative to us all sooner rather than later.


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HOME HUB

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Hi Hal


What is a home hub? A device that has the possibility to monitor movement, smoke and carbon monoxide levels, the presence of electrical power, control of energy consumption room by room, with the addition of a solar power back up, will provide emergency lighting when needed. With a connection to the mobil phone network, this would allow requests for help in an emergency. This unit can be made for approximately £20. For instance had these kind of devices been available to the resident of Grenfeld tower, an earlier alert may have been possible and lives saved.







Self Development


Our government again spends millions through corporations on simple technology that’s effect can be achieved for a few pounds and easily built. Many of the devices peoples lives depend on are manufactured using software that is not opened to scrutiny. Using open source software in such devices, means the coding can be scrutinised by hundreds of thousands of code developers, rather than a company whose work is done very costly and in secret. 

Working on things such as the home hub, not only can save us money, and an interesting hobby, but can help to further peoples interest and understanding of how our tax money is being used to fill the pockets of big business profits, of IT companies rather than being spent to develop Open Source technology, where the profit goes into education, security and sharing.


It is useful to remind folk that 80% of businesses world wide, use Open Source technology, for free. And most of their products are based on it.


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STEAM POWERED TARDIS PROJECT

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The Peace Box


In our summer project we will combine, the thinking, with the practical and the physical. The Tardis Project, will consist of the building of a Dr Who type police box. In it will be installed a variety of activities that will range from performance, music, arts, as well as (Low voltage) electronic and computer projects that will make noise and light. The building and installation of the pod and what is in it will be arrived at through workshops at Kinning Park Complex and other places. Once the solar powered Tardis is completed we will then time travel through the community and beyond and do workshops at different spaces, in the park, the town square, the market, shopping centre, school or wherever we land. When the summer project finishes the pod could be lent out to groups or community centres to use for education and fun purposes. It could also be used as a recording booth to let folk record their stories for the community archive. Whatever happens, all materials and information collected will be reused and put to good use.


Time travel


The project will be widely advertised around our networks. Although most of it will be centred around Kinning Park Complex, there is no reason some of the work cannot be carried out in Castlemilk, Possil or elsewhere. This is a strong element of our work, that we connect to as wide geographical area and experiences as possible. As well as age groups and a wide variety of interests. This work will help us to connect to further work, people and ideas. We will engage workshop leaders from the local community when we can, as keeping the skills and experiences local is important to us. The project will be run as an education tool from the planning stages to the execution of the work. The important part of the project, for the group itself, is how well the community participants take ownership of the project through their involvement. We have connections to a wide supportive skill base. 


Check our Tardis development page.


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SOCIAL SUNDAY REPAIR CAFE 

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Sunday Repair Cafe


You can find the Radical Imagination Project at Kinning Park on a Sunday, between 11 - 3:00 at the Repair Cafe 

KPs, repair cafe runs on Sundays between 11-3:00. It is part of the Social Sunday programming which includes various activities like up-cycling, sewing, and a community meal. They are still in the beginning stages, but they will try to repair whatever you bring that has a battery or a plug. Volunteers range in skills from mecatronics to amateur tinkerers to electronic engineers and everything in between. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and ask that you be patient with our fledgling operation!


Laptop Challenge


Radical Imagination Project, plan to give away 50 laptops with open source software and programs installed for folk who need a computer and can’t buy one. 


What we want you to do is bring them to Kinning Park or contact us and we will pick them up. You can, once it has been setup and cleared of all data, have the option to gift your newly invigorated Open Source laptop to someone you think might need it. Or we will find you a home for it among the many projects and people who do not have the finances to buy one.

(Note: Any kind of computer we can reuse)


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OPEN SOURCE BUILDINGS?

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Open Source Open Buildings  and the Electron Club


In the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Suchiehall Street Where we hope to develop some of the software and hardware for the Tardis project. We will do some of this work at the Electron Club, at the CCA. A word about Open Source Buildings. At the CCA which is such a building. We can use the space for free, organise events, facilitate meetings, with no money involved. If these activities are carried out they need to be opened to the public and become part of the CCAs program. That's about the only stipulation about using the building. In Govan where we work most, the local community centre charges, we believe are to expensive rents, particularly for groups that have no income or funding. We need different models and a different dynamic for running community resources.









COOP Community Ownership Of (Ethical) Profit


We believe a vision for the use of our Common Good Fund, including buildings should be developed through an education policy that will encourage community members participation in every aspect of the process of planning and developing these spaces. And looking at how our collective commons can help to answer some of the issues that create strife in our communities as well as enjoyment and encouraging creativity.

We have publicly owned buildings that could be run as an open source for community activities, part of our work is to identify, document and restore these buildings back into community use.


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DIGITAL LIBRARIES

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Net fatigue


Without having to trawl through the endless garbage and propaganda of the internet. An Open local source, providing information targeted to community and grass roots activism on an independent server gives the freedom to find the information that is needed the sharing of ideas, knowledge and collaboration 

Network Servers


A private server on its own network provides access not only to relevant data but also protects the user from distractions fake news and malicious content of the internet. This is a typical example of the Scottish Commons and the ownership of relevant community independent resources. We have set up a few of these units for community groups and hope to encourage an on going network. Kinning Park Houses the Radical Library and the Radical Film Archive


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