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Bas van Abel, http://www.fairphone.com/author/Bas/, http://waag.org/en/person/bas, @basvanabel
Themes, World economy
Related talks, China's rise
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...metal dust came out of the screwholes
How am I going to tell this to my 11-year old son?
Why doesn't Nintendo want me to open up their devices
how would you open up your phone?
Is it the business model?
Do they want to make money on repairs?
Is it the warranty they don't want you to void?
If you can't open it, you don't own it
ownershops is about:, being able to take responsability, engagement
responsability comes with understanding things
opening up things is the first step to understanding things
for example, Where does it end up if we don't use it anymore?, Where is it made?, Where does it come from?, Who made it?, how much do we know about our phone?
Why?, because there's so much more to a phone than we can see
for example, The electrolytical capacitor, makes it possible to have thin phones, contains mineral Coltan, being mined in Congo (amongst other places), there are conflicts related to the mining of this mineral, last 10-15 years, millions have died
being mined all over the world, a lot of people working in terrible conditions, see map
all over the world
in factories where millions of people work
a lot of them working under terrible conditions
making us think we need a new phone every two years
currently: more people than phones on the planet
they end up in a dump somewhere in the world
they don't have places to recycle it
they have kids taking them apart to recycle them
getting the minerals back into the system
how fair is that?
that's invisible to to us
that connects us all
but lost its human values
however: what the alternative?
let's make this alternative phone ourselves
by making this fairphone ourselves, opening up the systems, uderstand what's behind them, if you understand something you can change things, then: you can improve things
we thought it was impossible, a phone was too complex
went to Congo to find a fair mine, didn't exist
went to China to find a fair factory, didn't exist
found out that there were a lot of initiatives already, working on improvements in the supply chain, what if we put these initatives in a phone, to make it a best practice?
leared that if you ask the right questions, people give the right answers, then you can actually change things
where can I buy it
when is it on the market
we didn't think about that
however, we sold 10.000 phones in three weeks
was really scary, 10.000 people, bought a phone that didn't exist, from a company that never made a phone before
looks the same
does the same things
costs about the same
conflict-free solder paste from Congo
conflict free Tantalum capacitors from Congo
working on getting fair trade gold
made the phone based on open source software
you can actually open up the phone, to change the battery
made people part of the process, so they will use their phone a bit longer, see products a bit diferent
solve the war in Congo
change the law in china
make a fully modular phone which you can put together as lego
if you start with making a phone
use the phone as something to understand the whole economy and the systems behind it
we can actually challenge the system from withing
because now: we're part of it