See what you can make

quite some years ago I helped open a Fab lab in Grenoble, France (it was burned down by anarchists not long ago, but that makes for another fun story..) where we eventually developed really wonderful communities of people making guitars, skateboards, printers, all sorts of electronics, and even stuff for biology. I often did projects to show people what was possible and to inspire (at least, I hope I did), and tried to show it was good to look at personal things and the world around them – what would YOU like to make? And what do YOU need? And others? What could help the people around you?

One of the projects I did was make wooden glasses – I broke a pair of my glasses, and instead of throwing them away, I got the lenses out and made wooden frames for them –

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A Fab lab in Gaza

Getting into Gaza is an experience in itself. Basically you have to cross 3 borders.. bag scanners, little cabins with people who want to see your passport and ask questions, turnstiles and camera’s – Israeli border, Fatah border, Hamas border.

Between them you take a little bus, and a taxi (2 shekels), because if you’d walk they might shoot you (I asked, I like walking).

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