Comment 67147

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted August 01, 2011 at 21:40:03 in reply to Comment 67142

I tried to sum up my feelings with a single sentence, by Yeswecan seems to have managed it far better than I.

My vision would be for Hamilton to embrace it's working-class side in an economic sense. Large-scale manufacturing may be on it's way out (of the core, country, continent etc), so why not embrace smaller firms? If we can't compete at mass-producing low-quality goods, why not turn the army of un/underemployed skilled tradespeople toward local, custom, on-demand production of high-quality goods?

The "innovation" wouldn't necessarily be in the skills or technology, but with the organization. Networks of small firms (ideally co-ops) could share resources, collaborate on contracts etc. This would allow them to trade goods and work in kind, allowing them to work even when cash/capital is scarce. Open-source hardware would provide a wealth of products available to all firms, as well as the techniques and machines needed to build them.

Real ambition and innovation for our city would mean aspiring to be something other than the rest of the region.

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