Rethinking Craft for Community Development
In this presentation we link contemporary thinking on craft and craftsmanship to concepts in community development. Craft is contrasted with popular development dogmas such as innovation, planning and the knowledge economy. Our aim is to reimagine craft as a form of production linked to traditions of trade-craft and blue-collar work, yet open to blending with the creative economy and innovation agendas. We illustrate the local development potential of craft in a series of short research vignettes involving vineyards, community forests and market gardens. Our aim is to create space for a wider array of valuing and strategizing about rural community development, supporting robust and secure relationships between local endeavors and participation within wider economies.