Connecting the community

MAKE Austurland is a hands on project that relies on people and their ideas, energy and motivation. We are in the process of building and developing services and support for design and product development in East Iceland. For this to happen we need to trial what we have got, get in new ideas of what can be done and actively make it happen.

We started the project by preparing the ground locally in East Iceland and are now looking for people to enter the community and trial our model. A main philosophy of the project is to make use of what we have got both in terms of material resources and human resources and to enhance it with different perspectives. It is our mission to grow and develop specialised knowledge and skills in using the local materials.

We are already receiving individuals and groups that are interested in designing and developing their products in East Iceland, some which are interested in using local materials, others that want to work with the local companies, people interested in exploring the sociopolitical situation in East Iceland and also the ones that simply want to work on their design in the quiet and isolated surroundings of East Iceland.

In autumn 2012 the Make It Happen – Creative Thinking in East Iceland was held in East Iceland and it played a big role in shaping our international network. The network consists of all kinds of people from every direction that all share an interest and passion for integrating creative activities into communities. During the event a grassroots association was established around the topic.

The board is working hard on the details of the association and we will keep you posted as details unfold. The new member list is still being processed but below you can see a list of the tight group of individuals that have worked on establishing MAKE . If you are interested in being a member of the grassroot community we call SAM Félagið please contact:

Our services are still developing and are organized on a case by case basis so if you are interested in the project, want to visit, ask or comment, please write us an email: and follow us on facebook. You can also see our FAQ.& Management of Fish Factory project


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