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It's a fictional streetscape we wander, here, a metropolis whose buildings, boulevards, and back alleys are in a constant state of flux. This is every place, and yet, no place at all - a city of dreams and a dream of a city.

Here, we explore the life and work of Ivan Illich and his circle of collaborators. There's no comprehensive index to the articles published, but we invite you to use the Search box, to the left, and to explore the Archive links that appear at the bottom of each page. Comments are welcomed.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Convivial Tools article

An article about Ivan Illich and his notion of convivial tools appeared recently on The Atlantic Monthly's website. In "Why the Landline Telephone Was the Perfect Tool," Suzanne Fischer, an historian of science and technology, reviews Illich's idea and concludes that "our contemporary convivial tools are mostly in the realm of communications. At their best, personal computers, the web, mobile technology, the open source movement, and the maker movement are contemporary convivial tools."

Do you agree?

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