Community Building

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The greatest assets that any open source project has is its community. That is the fuel that sustains its progress and contributes to crowd innovation.

OSE's goal is to develop a dynamic community of contributors who collectively demonstrate that innovation can be accelerated to a rate exceeding any development processes known today. This is because we want to solve pressing world issues by distributing open source blueprints and open source enterprises worldwide. The best way to predict the future - is to invent it.

For effective community building, onboarding, culturing, educating, developing work teams, developing rapid collaborative development techniques, and developing rapid build techniques. For continuity, we are concerned about livelihoods being created from OSE's work - hence our focus on education and effective production.

Our mental model is that skills and knowledge are the most potent form of empowerment which can create the open source economy. In such a model, we favor distributed, voluntary development - where the reward comes from product designs and enterprises that the entire world can benefit from.

Thus, our approach fcuses on providing tools and blueprints for products and enterprises to everyone - rather than any other mechanism that hinders open, collaborative innovation, or that provides barriers to access. For reason, we are absolutely open source, not partially open like NC or PPL licenses. This is because we want to create open culture, not play into any mechanisms of protectionism.

Community Building

last updated 7/19

Until 2015, OSE has focused on prototypes and techical proofs of concept. Having achieved independent replicability of its machines in 2011, proof of concept of Extreme Manufacturing one day build in 2012, a proof of concept of prototyping time reduction from months to days in 2013, proof of concept of realtime documentaton production in 2013, proof of concept of the Extreme Manufacturing Workshop revenue model in 2014, and successful MicroHouse prototypes in 2014 - OSE is ready to focus on community development in order to achieve a final push of comletion of the GVCS. This involves radical compression of development time by developing social technology to allow a 100-fold compression of development time for machines over industry standards, such as compressing 5 year development cycles to 2 weeks. Part of this is the development of the Incentive Challenge method - begun in earnest in 2019.

In 2015, OSE's strategy for team building involves shifting all projects to teams, as opposed to individual contributions. We are developing a leadership team that will coordinate a number of development teams. The leadership team will work with the OSE Core Team.

Directors and Officers

Directors and officers are legally responsible for the organization. This includes the Board of Directors


Core Team

The Core Team consists of individuals who have demonstrated leadership and executive capacity within the organization.

Team Leaders


Chapters and Branches

Leadership Training

OSE provides a training pack to Team Leaders for enhancing their leadership skills. Key contemporary and seminal works in the field of leadership are provided for Study.

OSE Webinars

In order to promote organizational learning at OSE, we will begin an OSE Webinar series where we invite leading practitioners to share their wisdom on sustainable design, leadership, useful skills, and other topics related to becoming an effective contributor to OSE and changemaker.

These will be free during the webinar and 8 weeks after, with a gift economy donation if someone wants to receive a link for viewing at their convenience. The revenue model is deigned to support a member of the OSE community to produce these webinars.

Leadership Readings, 2015

2015 Leadership Readings

Finding Self in the Context of Leadership

  1. The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf
  2. Self Renewal, John Gardner
  3. One Well Deep Enough, Galen Guengerich
  4. Commencement Speech at Santa Clara (2006), Samantha Power

Navigating a World Of Difference: Balancing Inclusion and Power

  1. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, Ursula Le Guin
  2. The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  3. Schooled, Dale Russakoff
  4. The Case for Reparations, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Leading for Change in a Dynamic World

  1. Adaptive Leadership, Grashow, Heifetz, Linsky
  2. Understanding New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
  3. Tribal Leadership, David Logan


  • On civilized discourse from the Discourse forum software - study this carefully if you want to lead a healthy community - [1]
  • Askbot uses something similar to the Stack Overflow Reputation System - study this for behavioral incentives
  • Reputation on Discourse - how is reputation/karma handled on the Discourse forum?
  • Article on rewarding listening, not talking - [2]
  • Focus on Validation of Activity rather than Activity itself - [3]. Notes on validation via Merged Pull Request - [4]