We are presently struggling with explaining a general open source product development method to others. We are talking about developing a large-scale, parallel effort of world-class, optimal product development to address the needs of the emergent, peer-based, localized economies with global information flows.
We are convinced that there is huge merit to this, and much discussion in many circles already transpired regarding this type of process. Thus, we are trying to get the discussion to a higher level. So far, weâ€™ve been met with â€“ what we perceive as – dismal failure in terms of getting others excited about our particular proposition. We sent out about 50 invitations to other leaders to help publicize the work, and got 6 responses. We feel that this stuff is better than sliced bread, so we decided to continue trying until we get at least a little more positive response. Here is our attempt. We welcome your comments on this, to help us clarify the message.
Warning: this may be interesting to you.
We have just developed the worldâ€™s first high performance (3-5 bricks/minute), open source, Compressed Earth Block (CEB) press.
But this is not the big deal that we want you to consider, even though our machine is demonstrating breakthrough 8x cost reduction over the competition.
The big deal is the novel business model by which such breakthroughs in cost reduction are attainable, for many types of products. It applies to areas from housing, energy, transportation, eco-industry, food, and other sectors. We are talking of nothing less than open source science and engineering for the public interest â€“ a pipeline for developing ecological technologies that may just transform the way humans provide their needs.
How many times have you heard the like of, “When solar cell companies develop cheaper panels, then we’ll switch to solar power.” Instead of waiting around for good products to become affordable, why don’t we collaborate and make them reality, today? Face it. Optimization has not happened for many products, in the context of the centralized industrial system. It is not in its interest to distribute wealth, as is evidenced simply by the increasing gap between the rich and the poor.
We all have some kind of skill. What if networkers, designers, fundraisers, engineers from all walks of life, and others collaborated to produce optimal, user-friendly, durable, and inexpensive products, ones which truly meet needs at the absolute lowest expense to the user?
Our business model focuses on making such development a practical reality. The process is simple: it merely involves selecting products of key importance, and optimizing them, one after another. We are not talking of doing one product and quitting. We are talking of optimizing the entire economy. This takes a dedicated effort.
If production is optimized, then it is not difficult to imagine certain improvements in society: such as renewable energy for everybody, or clean air and water for all.
What is this magical process? The key to the business model is optimization via voluntary product development, followed by collaborative funding of production facilities. We were told that it is impossible to gather the huge resources necessary for product development from volunteers. We found that there are people out there who care. We were told that drastic cost reduction is impossible â€“ but we are proving that wrong with our CEB machine.
We are well on the way with this development method with the CEB, and are looking forward to first production runs in October. Not only this, we will be offering apprenticeships for anyone who is interested in replicating the enterprise. Thatâ€™s part of our dissemination strategy: open enterprise models and open licensing.
We need your help to extend this development process to other products. Our next major project is to make solar electricity available to everyone. Please examine all the proposed projects more closely, and let us know if you’d like to help spawn development in an area that interests you.
Here is more information on our projects. Please read OSE Specifications to get a feeling for the product standards that we are pursuing.
Please view our initial product lineup:
Our present development of the CEB press:
And a description of our development process:
Together, we can transcend material constraints as the determing factor of global geopolitics. Help us make this happen.
Marcin Jakubowski, Ph.D.
Open Source Ecology, Founders