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As explained in the article The Conviviality Project, this website is a work-in-progress. The goals is to develop a small Encyclopedia of Convivial Tools (see the article Is this website an Encyclopedia?.

The list of contents automatically generated by Site Map is thus incomplete. The currently planned full Table of Contents for the site are presented below. Note however that even the following list is incomplete and only tentative, since the layout of the site is in itself a work-in-progress.



1.1 Introduction

  • What are Convivial Tools?
  • Historical Roots of Conviviality

1.2 Ivan Illich and Convivial Philosophy

  • Ivan Illich
  • Illich’s book "Tools for Conviviality"
  • Illich and the Digital Revolution
  • The Borremans Guide to Convivial Tools
  • Lee Felsenstien and the Convivial Computer

1.3 The Whole Earth Catalog and Offshoots

  • The Whole Earth Catalog and Spin-Offs
  • Stuart Brand and the Digital Revolution
  • The WELL
  • The Whole Internet Catalog
  • Wired Magazine
  • Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools
  • The Worldchanging Guide

1.4 The Conviviality Project

  • The Conviviality Project
  • Is this Website an Encyclopedia?
  • The General Structure of this Website
  • Planned Table of Contents of this Website


2.1 Principles of Technical Conviviality

  • List of Characteristics of Convivial Technology
  • Usability
  • Intuitive Use
  • Reparability
  • Durability
  • Ergonomics
  • Simplicity
  • Robustness
  • Open access
  • Modularity
  • Recyclability
  • Environmental friendliness
  • Social friendliness
  • Promotion of autonomy
  • Full service
  • Eutrapelia

2.2A Technical Tools

  • A Standard Classification of Technical Tools
  • Information about Specific Tool Products is on the Wiki
  • Finding and Selecting Technical Tools
  • Purchasing Technical Tools
  • Using, Maintaining and Disposing of Technical Tools

2.2B Technical Documentation (User Manuals, On-Line Help)

  • User Manuals
  • Maintenance manuals
  • Online help (incorporated directly into software)
  • Technical Documentation available on Internet

2.2C After-Sales Service

  • Telephone Help Desks
  • Web Help and Forums
  • Waranties and Repairs
  • Spare Parts

2.3 Design of Technical Conviviality

  • Design from the Point of View of Conviviality
  • Industrial Design
  • User Centred Design

2.4 Themes Related to Technical Tools

  • Appropriate Technology and Similar Themes
  • Sustainable Technology
  • Free Software and Open Source Software
  • Open Hardware
  • Customer Service


3.1 Principles of Mental Conviviality

  • What is Meant by Mental Conviviality?
  • How words and ideas can be seen as tools
  • A short history of epistemology
  • The conceptual scheme and its employment

3.2A Mental Tools: Scientific Knowledge

  • Scientific epistemology
  • Scientific research
  • Scientific publications

3.2B Mental Tools: Popular Knowledge

  • Popular epistemology
  • Encyclopedias
  • Other reference books
  • Popular guides and how-to books
  • Knowledge websites

3.2C Mental Tools: Philosophies and Conceptual Schemes

  • Philosophy as Conceptual Scheme
  • Religion as Conceptual Scheme
  • Psychological Theory as Conceptual Scheme

3.3 Design of Mental Conviviality

3.4 Themes Related to Mental Conviviality

  • Knowledge experts and knowledge amateurs
  • Collective intelligence


4.1 Principles of Social Conviviality

  • What is Meant by Social Conviviality?
  • Social Terminology: Systems, Institutions,
  • Organisations, Services and Tools
  • A Brief History of Social Theory from the Viewpoint of Conviviality
  • Economic Organisations seen as Implements
  • Political Organisations seen as Implements

4.2A Social Systems

  • Legal System
  • Political system
  • Economic system
  • Cultural system

4.2B Social Institutions

  • Schools
  • Hospitals, Asylums, Hospices
  • Churches
  • Libraries
  • Cultural centers

4.2C Social Organisations

  • Companies
  • Non-profit associations
  • Political parties
  • Trade unions

4.2D Social Services

  • Public utilities
  • Governmental social services
  • Non-profit social services

4.2E Social Tools

  • Cities
  • Infrastructure (roads, bridges, energy, water, etc.)
  • Buildings and housing
  • Social software

4.2 Design of Social Conviviality

4.4 Themes Related to Social Conviviality


5.1 Principles of Personal Conviviality

  • What is Meant by Personal Conviviality?
  • Techniques at the Service of the Individual

5.2 Personal Tools

5.3 Design of Personal Conviviality

5.4 Themes Related to Personal Conviviality


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