A Distributive Enterprise is a social enterprise that focuses on open economic development - open collaboration in innovation. In particular, it is a transparent enterprise which maintains the open replication of such an enterprise - independently by others or with incubation assistance - at the core of its operational strategy. As such, this differs from a traditional franchise - in that the Distributive Enterprise (perhaps to be called Open Franchise?) has no strings attached. The goal is to create an economic system that promotes not only production of wealth, but also, its distribution. The goal of Distributive Enterprise is to bring about true 'enlightened self-interest' into the economic playing field - by an a priori assumption that economic self-interest is promoted most deeply via the efficiency of collaboration.
A replicator of a Distributive enterprise has the options to download all plans and enterprise plans for free - and go solo. Or, revenue may be exchanged when the replicator hires the distributive enterprise developer to assist the replicator in successful startup. This may take form of traditional, fee-based consulting models. The distinction here is that it takes no extra energy from the developer if a replicator downloads the plans and develops an enterprise by theirself. However, if the developer's time is required, that developer may want to be paid. This is an ethical model which allows replication to happen freely, without burdening the developer. This allows the developer to focus on further innovation - which is the essence of open source economic development.
The goal is to address the issue of artificial scarcity and Disparity of Wealth as related both to peoples' lifestyles and to global geopolitics. Another goal is to embody a Higher Purpose in the economic system and in lifestyle choices.
To test the usefulness and purpose of its results - a distributive enterprise dogfoods its own products. Participants in distributive enterprise aim to blend their lifestyle with their work - as an expression of consistency between one's values and one's actions. This leads to a connection of the economy to addressing pressing world issues.
The Distributive Enterprise concept builds upon the notions of appropriate scale proposed by E.F. Schumacher, upon the concept of economic swadeshi proposed by M.K Gandhi - and it is updated by bringing it into the digital age where information can be shared readily. The Distributive Enterprise model is an expression of human-centered economics of collaborative production - where people regain their autonomy in a complex world.
Open Source Ecology Case
We are an incubator dedicated to training Distributive Enrepreneurs. Our intent with this is viral replication of complete economy kernels - as embodied by the GVCS. For example, the OSE Microfactory + derivative, collocated enterprises can serve as economic revitalization centers in many communities around the world. These are founded on access to technology and knowhow for re-invigorating a community's economy via relocalized production - while maintaining strict quality control standards that meet or exceed proprietary industry standards.
Such an enterprise follows OSE Specifications for Distributive Economics, and focuses on optimization as its key to economic significance and to scalability. This means that the enterprise, in its essential design, has a mechanisms for continuously optimizing design, documenting its process and results, and training producers for enterprise replication. This process is based on the Philosophy of Open. Factor e Farm is an example of a facility that performs all of these functions. We are currently developing a practical training option - where distributive entrepreneurs-in-training help in production runs in exchange for our training.
In summary, a Distributive Enterprise
- Is open source
- Distributes its business model openly
- Dogfoods its products
Our Scaling Strategy for Impact
A distributive enterprise focuses on replication of iteself - by other independent agents - as the core of its operational strategy. By definition, this involves a documentation and training components.
The process looks like this:
- Open Source Ecology (OSE) (Factor e Farm is the main development facility) develop a platform for rapid development of the GVCS tools - called the Distributive Enterprise platform.
- OSE completes the GVCS Civilization Starter Kit (CSK - or the complete set of tools, synonymous with the GVCS) - by 2016 as a result of the Distributive Enterprise platform.
- These tools are evaluated for their robustness, and the CSK v1.0 is modified to produce the smallest, most robust set of modular tools for creating complete economies.
- As Civilization Starter Kit (CSK) v1.0 is developed, significant economic impact begins occurring in the surrounding region.
- As CSK v1.0 is developed, we begin to focus on Distributive Enterprise training at Factor e Farm.
- Many other Civilization Starter Kit producer start-ups begin - either by training at Factor e Farm or via independent collaboration.
As a movement, OSE publishes future versions of the CSK - improving the quality and scope of the tools contained in the set - to achieve an appropriate technology basis for humanity.
The practical implementation is via 5000 independent chapters - are attained by 2023.
Our preferred business model is collaborative development of product design, whereby each participant can gain benefit from such collaboration by engaging in real production. The goal is that we truly remove material constraints from determining the well-being of humans, as production is no longer an issue of control and power.
The simple numbers are to demonstrate clearly that the power of such a distributive enterprise is easily $100k/person/year, whether in Missouri, Brooklyn, or Gabon. We are well on our way to demonstrating this in practice at Factor e Farm.
The distributive enterprise concept is beyond the radar of even the mainstream open source community. The discussion in this community ends at open blueprints, but not training of your own competitors based on the economic significance of those blueprints. Yet that's specifically what OSE is doing because of its ethical commitment to mutually assured abundance. OSE's role is to blend open source with enterprise development - to generate a new type of social entrepreneur - the Distributive Entrepreneur.
- See MIT Innovations Journal where Thomson and Jakubowski introduce the Distributive Enterprise concept.