I would like to announce that I am now officially a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. This is a major development for Open Source Ecology, as the Fellowship provides a total of $360k of direct funding for the project. I have blogged about my application 3 months ago, and you can see my application on the OSE wiki for reference
I am also a 2012 TED Senior Fellow – which I mentioned previously only in passing. I am now one of 12 individuals selected from the pool of 40 of the 2011 TED and TEDGlobal Fellows- to continue their TED Fellowship for another 2 years. This is important because TED provides major publicity. My talk was featured as #6 in Best of TED for 2011, and the talk already has 671,000 views. The TED Senior Fellowship offers further speaking opportunities at the TED Conference. I am invited both to TED and TED Global, for a total of 4 conferences over the next 2 years. I am planning on giving a TED talk on the GVCS developments at TED Global.
These 2 distinctions are largely responsible for our ~$560k budget for first quarter of 2012, with which we intend to produce 12 further prototypes. See the Status Brief on the wiki for continuing prototyping updates. Aaron Makaruk, our resource developer, is working on $10M of grant applications by mid-year, from which we would like to see a 10% success rate. The goal is still to finish the 50 GVCS tools up to beta release status by December 21, 2012.
This requires a much more robust organizational infrastructure to manage a significant parallel development process. It seems to me that we will build up to that slowly, such that by mid-year, we will really accelerate. This is a rough Organizational Map that we are currently developing, and the next step will be recruiting.
I think that retired professionals with experience in business management, engineering management, and construction management will be key players in our effort. I think that we can find good candidates from SCORE. Shuttleworth Foundation is helping us find a Recruiter. I will continue to work with Shuttleworth Foundation, the TED community, and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation from Kansas City, and others on getting the proper structure in place – while remaining true to our core.
We need to recruit an Executive Director to run the overall organization, Factor e Farm Director to manage the on-site efforts, and a Project Director to work with Project Leaders for the 50 technologies.
With the Fellowships, resource development, Kickstarter, and True Fans support – we are well on our way – helping the world evolve to freedom.