S O S
where people with shared interest in the fields of craftsmanship, technology, science, visual arts, poetry, editing, robotics, domotics, biology, electronics and more can gather, socialize and/or cooperate;
where obsolete technology is collected with the aim of promoting their smart upcycling;
a small workshop offering customized digital manufacturing services, equipped with a kit of fast prototyping tools (3d printing, laser cut, etc.).
18 / August / 2013
18 / July / 2014
Research and co-design labs, two variables: X -" New Publishing ", Y -" Videomhacking ". 17 - 31 July 2014 in Castrignano de'Greci (Lecce) with 20 teachers, 8 tutors, 66 participants - free access. Realized with the contribution of Laboratori dal Basso, a call by Regione Puglia.
15 / May / 2015
It start a path of research and community creation, which includes the "cheFare tour" - 5 days to promote the SOS project with stops at ISIA Florence, ISIA Urbino, Polytechnic of Milan, Fablab Turin.
22 / December / 2015
Victory of the cheFare call with assignment of €50k with public commendation by the jury: “This is a solid, courageous, visionary proposal, and is the expression of many souls and skills that can give an important boost to the evolution of a difficult territory. It activates and integrates local networks and international networks, the research and business component, education and training, and social cohesion, maintaining a strong focus on learning. It is projected into the future, with solid roots in the territory and in the know-how. Live congratulations from all the jury”.
24 / March / 2016
Establishment of La Scuola Open Source s.r.l.
22 / November / 2016
The school idea is the non-linear evolution of the experience of X and XYlab: the challenge consisted in making the school an ongoing rather than occasional model, developing a business model and talking with local institutions (both at municipal and regional level). Then there was the aggregation of new energies and new partners, such as Barimakers and 3dNest: we had common objectives and interests, as well as having both organized and held workshops and events, to spread the making culture (including the 2 MakersMeeting held in Bari in 2014 and 2015). While dealing with two different areas (design / engineering), we "recognized" each other and we started to collaborate. The final name of the project instead took some time: the idea came one evening, drinking a beer on the Chiringuito pier, when Lucilla Fiorentino with disarming simplicity proposed “La Scuola Open Source”.
18 / July / 2016
Bari, 18 - 30 July with 12 teachers, 12 tutors, 60 participants, SOS staff. The XYZ research and co-design laboratory was organized to co-design the Open Source School: 3 research / project areas were developed in a cooperative way: identity (X), tools (Y) and processes (Z). As Salvatore Zingale – professor of Semiotics at the Polytechnic of Milan and former professor of X in 2013 and of XY in 2014 – wrote, commenting on the morphology of the XYZ glyphs: “The X is the intersection, the dialogue. The Y is the bifurcation, the choice. The Z is the road that goes in every direction, the exploration. XYZ is the thing where people talk, choose and venture”.
18 / July / 2017
Common problems, connective solutions. Bari, 23-31 July with 18 teachers and tutors plus 45 participants. 7 days of co-design to lay new foundations, face the challenges of SOS and independent cultural production centers, that also participated as teachers - in the person of Cristina Alga (Clac Palermo), Sergio Galasso (Mare Culturale Milano), Roberto Covolo (ExFadda, San Vito dei Normanni) - as well as implementing the outputs of XYZ 2016: Asimov access system and the Freak Grotesk typeface. The workshop saw the participation of Mozilla Foundation, promoter of the campaign against the Copyright Reform.
11 / September / 2018
23 / July / 2018
After a year full of surprises, XYZ is back with a new challenge.
CO-DESIGNING IDENTITY AND WEBSITE (X), ACCESS SYSTEM AND INTERNET OF THINGS (Y), GOVERNANCE AND SERVICES (Z) OF THE "URBAN LAB" OFFICINA DEGLI ESORDI.
9 days, 6 teachers + 3 tutors + 3 coordinators + 60 participants + resident subjects.
18 / August / 2018
5 years later we go back to where the SOS story began and we do it because a new phase opens: towards a network of Independent Cultural Production Centers (CPCI).
01 / April / 2019
After 3 years of activity, La Scuola Open Source becomes a Workers Cooperative.