DGML can be best described as an emerging mode of production in which design is developed, shared and improved by global academic commons (academicians, technical sector, R&D). It is manufactured in conjugation with local forces (individuals, businesses, non-profits) through shared infrastructures and keeping local conditions in mind.
The formula is: What is “light” (knowledge, design) is Global and what is “heavy” (physical manufacture) is Local. The process of making something together as a community where designs are co-created, reviewed and refined creates new ideas which are transferred back into their originating global design commons. This cycle describes a way of manufacturing with an increased capacity for innovation. In other words DGML shows a new approach of production and consumption without legislative hassles. If the system shows benefits in one location it would likely spread to other local areas. Thereby creating a global network of communities that cooperate in trade, education and promote setup of new systems. Over time, all segments of society shall grow.
DGML is thus an inversion of present production logic. The IP is open source ( no copyfair) so anyone can use it so manufacturing and production can be done by any individual, community or enterprise around the world. On contrary traditionally the corporate enterprises solely own intellectual property (IP) so only they can involve only themselves in the production. Hence they would source the materials for the goods through national or international supply chains and manufacture those goods using economies of scale in a set number of manufacturing centres (centralised), thereafter those finished goods are packed and delivered into national or global market. However DGML connects two scales of community, the global designing and local building and circular economies where the legacy of human creativity is shareable. Suggesting a cultural shift is paramount in the minds of material producers/ consumers.
Decentralised DGML currently used for making medicines, prosthetic devices, machinery, 3D printers, farm tools, furniture, laser cutters, CNC routers and automated systems can bring untold benefits to the economy and communities.
Few of the open source companies/ organisations who follow these practices: Ability Mate (prosthetics and assistive devices), Atelier Paysan, Farm Hack, Open Motors (manufacture of vehicles), Open Bionics, RepRap( designs 3D printers) WikiHouse (supports people to design and build sustainable housing).
DGML thus opens the doors for self employment or rather self empowerment!