Karim Asry is part of the core team at Espacio Open, an emerging-cultures accelerator that transformed an old cookie factory in Bilbao, Spain, into a large-scale makerspace that mixes art, technology, social issues and industrial memory. They host their Maker Faire since 2013 and manage 1.000m2 of making installations in a neighborhood that keeps intact part of the city’s collective memory, a time when we all remembered how to make the things we need. An active collaborator manufacturing emergency PPE during the pandemic as a member of the Fab Lab Network, Espacio Open is also engaged in several projects that explore how grassroots spaces such as theirs can extend the field of what’s possible in the city.
He’s a former journalist in El País and former advisor to the Regional Presidency of the Basque Country on Open Government and Transparency.
Dystopias are usually a great engine of change, confronting people with what they want and what they don’t want in their lives. Learning from other big crises in the past, this one is going to be a long ride and emerging cultures/lifestyles will get more attention as alternatives in troubled times like ours. Think of the 70’s oil crisis and you’ll see there will be plenty of opportunities to build better futures upon the ruins.
If you cannot find a job that fulfills you, find a way to create it yourself.
Learning how urban transformation processes actually work to help you find the cracks in the walls you need to help emerging communities flourish.
This is a great moment to learn a new skill or superpower for the upcoming renaissance. Take a look at your to-do list, pick one, and go for it! It will help you stay grounded now that paranoia is the new cool. And find ways to get your dose of love and affection. Abrazos desde Bilbao!