"To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the human condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it’s based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from its fragility."  - Martha C. Nussbaum


One of the Possible futures is one where patterns of complexity are understood on a deep level, and where living system design could encompass biological, technological, mathematical, societal, epistemological and cognitive systems. We strive to respond to societal challenges by connecting people, organisations, technologies and ideas in order to generate, adapt and validate constructive dynamics. Depending on the challenges, our own role emerges – and it varies greatly as a

Publications : Learning through third places

If third places allow the apprehension of complex subjects and the commitment to sometimes radical societal and political transformations, it is in particular because learning configurations can take shape there. An article co-written by Luc Gwiazdinski, Benjamin Gentils and Benjamin Chow-Petit. Reflection on learning through third places is part of a context of growing uncertainties, increasing complexity and changing lifestyles. The article explores the notion of third places in an

Publications : CDI Communautaire : An experiment in community employment contracts.

By Connie & Benjamin Chow-Petit et Nicolas LoubetTranslated by: Connie Chow-Petit, Licence : CC by-SA International 4.0 Towards a Community permanent contract, “Le CDI Communautaire” La Myne is a citizen laboratory, a community and a free and open source third place (TiLiOS). Its vocation is to support citizens who experiment with the future and act on transitions (habitat, food, energy, etc.), each in their own way (technical, artistic, scientific, etc.),

Publications : The semi-open organisation as a response to chaos

Article from “La Revue” No. 12, ANACT National Agency for the Improvement of Working Conditions, entitled, “Organisational and managerial alternatives: promises and realities? Link : https://www.anact.fr/alternatives-organisationnelles-et-manageriales-promesses-et-realitesBy : Frédéric Brugeilles, Connie & Benjamin Chow-Petit, and Florence Le Nulzec. (Translated by Connie Chow-Petit) Action research on work and the commons led us to describe La MYNE, a third place based in Villeurbanne, as a semi-open organisation and to consider that its dynamics

Publications : Interview on Community Health with Sylvia Fredriksson

Translated by Connie Chow-Petit from an interview in May 2021. Published on 21 July 2021 originally here : http://notesondesign.org/connie-et-benjamin-chow-petit/ For many years, Connie and Benjamin Chow-Petit have been actively involved in the transformations of society triggered by makers, hackers and third-party movements, particularly in the legal, economic, informational and technical fields, and around the issues of governance, citizenship and benevolence. They are co-creators of the OpenARA network, the Oxamyne cooperative,

Publications : An open laboratory, a workshop and a living space: La MYNE in Villeurbanne

This article, written collectively by the members of the La MYNE community, relates their experience born of the desire to create frameworks for the reappropriation of action research around the themes of ecological transition. La MYNE is a third place that combines the functions of an open source laboratory, a manufacturing workshop and a living space. It is plural in its orientations and practices, and focuses in particular on experimentation

Publications : The Myne – the UFO of the third places

Text: Laury-Anne Cholez Translated by Connie Chow-Petit, excerpted from Socialter Magazine, Hors Série issue – Le guide des travailleurs indépendant 2019. In the suburbs of Lyon, the La Myne laboratory welcomes researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs to experiment and invent. And fight against the precariousness of the self-employed through an innovation of their own accord: a Community permanent contract. La Myne The Myne begins with an enigma. Usually, to understand the

Publications : THIRD-PLACES : A MODEL TO FOLLOW? MYNE : for an ability to act as a citizen

Translated by Connie Chow-Petit, this Interview is excerpted from Observatoire magazine Issue No.52 Summer 2018 under the Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA 4.0. Interview with Lisa PignotBenjamin Chow-Petit, Connie Chow-Petit,La Myne members The Manufacture of Ideas and New Experiments (MYNE), based in Villeurbanne, is a citizen research laboratory working on the co-construction of experimental projects for sustainable lifestyles by and for civil society: “Join the MYNE” is to reclaim and do-it-yourself in

Stories of … The Universe

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan Whether inspired by a text, a person, or by the deep observation of the vastness of the Universe, or by participating in society and deciphering its intricate and often challenging patterns; our quest for meaning is a powerful drive. Meaning is created rather than found. It often involves getting familiar with the turmoils and aleas of complexity and all

Publications : Embracing the emerging values that make Life grow by Olivier Frérot

Translated by Connie Chow-Petit from chapter 4 on Emerging Values in the book“Vers une Civilisation de la Vie : Entreprendre et coopérer” by Olivier Frérot. Let’s take a close look at these emerging values, these forces of life, which are irrigating the new civilization from within. They are ordered to the all-out growth of the diversity and multiplicity of life forms. They animate human beings whose meaning and purpose is