Sustainable production is a hard topic. Considered at a global scale, it means to reorganize production processes, supply chain and distribution according to new criterias led by systemic design principles. It’s clear that we’re talking about long-term changes, whose timings are affected both by the will of the industrial system and its proper characteristics: large scale industries are rigid, not that prone to changes and almost closed in its own procedures.
This is why our focus goes on small scale production models, even because of the local dimension of our playgrounds in Turin and Brasil. Moreover, this approach is not in contrast with the development of Italian production tissue, as it is composed mostly of small and medium enterprises (90%). Surprisingly, the 95% of this 90% is represented by enterprises with less than 10 employees, and thus linked to local production dynamics, in deep relation with the territory1.
In our opinion, it’s fundamental to act in this precise moment of system unstability. This is a real chance to test and practice with new models beyond the profit / non-profit scheme: the crysis showed us that the consumistic paradigm is unreliable and it has several major flaws. Now we can redefine the structure and the cultural paradigms toward eco-friendly and sustainable designs for the upcoming generations, on both environmental and social spheres.
Therefore we’re going to talk about self-production in its different variations and evolutions, as a small-scale practice linked to local contexts, where it’s simpler to act and it’s easier to entirely control the production chain.
1 Roadshow PMI, Le Piccole e Medie imprese in Italia, Ufficio Studi Confcommercio, 2009