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Designing akichi

Let's talk about how to design akichi!

Let’s talk about how to design akichi! When sharing various activities related to collections, there is no systematic way to share within akichi. Hence, one has to think about how to share at that moment and proceed accordingly. Thinking and moving forward implies capturing objects or collections proactively, making them as a part of your life. This can also be rephrased as an act of reconnecting collections to the present through oneself.

Homma How can we design a place like akichi which encourages this kind of non-systematic sharing? In the previous step, we discussed various possible ways of sharing resources. But in order to actually promote sharing, what kind of place or mechanisms are necessary?

At KeMCo, first and foremost, we believe it’s essential to create a place to share that feels safe both physically and psychologically, a place where our collections are handled securely, where the values of the community are respected, and where rules aren’t imposed unfairly; an akichi that embodies these principles. Having set up such a basic environment, the next step is to communicate the value of sharing, and work collaboratively. Moreover, to convey the value of sharing, it’s not only the output that is important, but openly showing the process is also essential.. When only the finished products are visible, the place becomes less accessible to those who haven’t been to akichi before. By not only sharing the results but also sharing the process, it’s easier for people to participate in the akichi at any time.

In considering the maintenance of the akichi, various cooperative resource management methods might be insightful. I personally want to look into the management styles of commons and even the operation of community gardens in urban settings. Also, while KeMCo has a physical space that functions as an akichi, it’s crucial to note that there’s no absolute need for new facilities or hardware. Activities we explored this week, like exhibitions or learning around the collections, are already taking place.

Watanabe What we propose in this course is to reframe these activities within the context of sharing in akichi. Revisit the practices you engage in daily from a new perspective. Instead of creating or finding a new place, how about starting by considering your current environment as an akichi?

What kind of akichi do you feel like to design? Please share your ideas!

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