Are you a Public Administrator?

The continuously growing availability of digital Do-It-Yourself (DiDIY) manufacturing devices creates many opportunities, for both individuals and local communities, to make and manage by themselves everything they may need.

DiDIY is, by definition, an autonomous, bottom-up phenomenon. In spite (or maybe just because) of this, DiDIY will need to be supported and (to a certain extent) regulated locally, in each single community, for two classes of reasons. To begin with, local Public Administrators may find in DiDIY new ways to improve the job opportunities, education, healthcare, and environmental conditions of their constituencies. At a higher level, by leveraging on DiDIY Public Administrations may engage citizens in participatory behaviours, where digital tools become the enablers of community-based solutions to social problems.

In order to help local Public Administrators to be prepared for this responsibility, we suggest them the following resources, listed from the least to the most complex ones, which will help them to understand the challenges and opportunities of DiDIY:


DiDIY VOCABULARY KEYWORDS: DiDIY community, DiDIY organizational impact, DiDIY education


The parts of the DiDIY Guidance Manual about:

  • Active citizenship, self governance and community building (p. 54)
  • Facilitate "assisted DiDIY" (p. 74)
  • Guidelines for Public Administrators (p. 76)

Examples from the DiDIY POLICY PATTERNS wiki:

DiDIY Project Official Deliverables:

(particularly relevant sections of the DiDIY Knowledge Framework)

  • 1.1 DiDIY: a human-centric phenomenon
  • 3.2 DiDIY and the role of communities
  • 3.5 DiDIY and the role of ethics
  • 4.4 DiDIY in laws, rights and responsibilities