One of our supporters nominated me for the TED Fellows program. I just got an email from the program officer, inviting me to apply. The application is due by September 25. My schedule this week is tight, and we have an important visitor arriving Friday. I am not planning to apply unless someone in the audience is willing to help. This is basically a communications/PR task. If you can take out a day helping to write the application, please contact me.
Personally, I think that product release and domonstrated scalability of the Factor e Farm experiment is a prerequisite for us having a good chance to make the ranks of TED Fellows. I think this will be achieved for the next application cycle in a year. Along these lines, we’d like to share the near-term project goals (and accomplishments) to clarify where we are going. Based on our track record, the schedule may be off by up to twenty years. Thus, the proposed timeline can be taken as either entertainment or a statement of intent – depending on how much one believes in the project.
2009 – First product release
2010 – TED Fellows or equivalent public-relations fellowship to propel OSE to high visibility
2011 – $10k/month funding levels achieved for scaling product development effort
2012 – Global Village Construction Set finished
2013 – First true post-scarcity community built
2014 – OSE University (immersion training) established, to be competitive with higher education but with an applied focus
2015 – OSE Fellows program started (the equivalent of TED Fellows, but with explicit focus of solving pressing world issues)
2016 – First productive recursion completed (components can be produced locally anywhere)
2017 – Full meterial recursion demostrated (all materials become producible locally anywhere)
2018 – Ready self-replicability of resilient, post-scarcity communities demonstrated
2019 – First autonomous republic created, along the governance principles of Leashless
2020 – Ready replicability of autonomous republics demonstrated
I could talk for hours on any of the above points, so I will delay the pleasure of doing so – until we achieve post-scarcity ourselves.