Pedalo Principles

(the Open Source Swan Pedalo taking a break at Andy’s workshop near Princes Park, Liverpool)

Over the last few weeks some important guiding principles have emerged which we hope will ensure good stewardship of the Open Source Swan Pedalo now that we have overcome the initial challenges of transporting the vessel and building a strong support network:

1.  There is no master plan, instead, the  Open Source Swan Pedalo is contingent, opportunistic and informal – this is a SEE WHERE IT GOES project…

2.  The Open Source Swan Pedalo requires hospitable HOST communities who can care for and accommodate it for fixed periods of time.

3.  It is desirable that communities and individuals wishing to host the Open Source Swan Pedalo make arrangements for it to be integrated into their projects and ACTIVITIES.

4.  Inventions, modifications, “pimping the swan” – these are all whole-heartedly encouraged BUT remember that the Open Source Swan Pedalo is for everyone – please don’t damage the swan for others.  RESPECT the SWAN.

If you have an idea for where the Open Source Swan Pedalo should go during 2011 – or if there is just something that you would like to try out just leave a comment on this blog.

Maiden Voyage

Today’s the big day that our Swan Pedalo makes it’s maiden voyage from the Eldonian Village in North Liverpool to the Soundnetwork Hackspace at the Cooperative (former Rapid Paint Shop on Renshaw Street.)  The Swan Pedalo will be there all throughout this week to stimulate peoples ideas and curiosity and, in-keeping with our Open-Source credentials the Swan Pedalo will remain during the weekend when the Cooperative plays host to Howduino – Liverpool’s homegrown electronic tinker-athon!

The full dates for this Open Source Swan Pedalo residency are Tuesday 16th November to Sunday 21st of November and after that who knows where the Swan Pedalo will go next…

Big thanks once again to the Sound Network, all at the Co-operative and the HOWDUINO folks for playing host to the Swan Pedalo this week.

You can keep track of the future whereabouts of the Swan Pedalo by clicking on the “Where” tab above – and if you do have any ideas, or if you would like to host the Open Source Swan Pedalo in the future, then please just write a comment.