Team Culturing Information
last updated: 13. April, 2011
WHO are you?
- Name/Nationality/Ethnicity - Dwight Farr, No affiliation, US born
- Location - Lumby, BC Canada
- Contact Information -
- Introductory Video -
- Resume/CV -
In descending chronology:
Short order cook
Tree service lead groundsman
Fitness center owner
Chiropractor (20 Years)
DHW Solar Installer (crew chief)
- Hobbies and Pastimes -
WHY are you motivated to support/develop this work?
- Do you endorse open source culture?
- Why are you interested in this work?
To learn and to share information and to help my community evolve beyond its dependence on government.
- Are you interested in teaching about the GVCS?
- Are you interested in economic relocalization possibilities arising from the GVCS?'
That is one of my main interests, to get the local economy of Lumby back in the hands of the community.
- Do you want to use the GVCS technologies yourself? Do you want to build them yourself?
Yes. I would love to participate in building them as a team effort
- Are you interested in starting up enterprise using the GVCS technologies?
Not personally, but I'd promote the idea to others.
- Are you interested in having the GVCS technologies fabricated by your local custom fabricator?
I would like to see my local community get into this to provide jobs and increase self-sufficiency.
- Are you interested in applying the GVCS to third world development? To redevelopment of crisis areas? To development of derelict areas in the developed world?
This may be where it's most needed and I love third world travel, but right now I'm more concerned with my local community. If Lumby could become a showcase for this paradigm, then I would personally be open to third-world expansion.
- Are you interested in starting up Industry 2.0 flexible fabrication enterprises for your local community, by drawing from a global repository of freely down-loadable designs and fabricating using open source fabrication equipment?
Yes. It will take some effort to convince these folks but that is the focus of my efforts
- Are you interested in the potential of the GVCS for developing local food systems?
Yes. Our valley is quite fertile but it is only being used for cattle and hay. It could produce much more food if it was intensively farmed with greenhouses and permaculture.
- Are you interested in doing academic studies/papers, publishing books, or doing other analysis of our efforts?
I am a writer/researcher by avocation. Any way I could engage in that would be personally fulfilling for me.
- Are you interested in financial investment opportunities arising from our work?
Finance is not one of my interests
- Are you interested in the distributive economic aspects of our work, and if so, how do you see this playing out?
As the open source model itself becomes the norm, it will foster greater regionalism and diversity in local economies while openly sharing innovation to advance society along more sustainable lines.
- Are you interested in building renewable energy production facilities based on open hardware (solar concentrator electric, wind, biomass power).
- Are you interested in building resilient communities based on access to the GVCS?
- Are you interested in creating a bug-out hut using GVCS technologies?
I've already bugged out
- How do you think that the GVCS can help alleviate the instabilities of global monetary systems?
By reducing the need for money. Money is a surrogate for direct trade. When localities become more self sufficient relying less on outside trade, money loses its importance. This slows or stops the upward flow of wealth from the masses to the money managers.
- How do you think that the GVCS can address issues related to resource conflicts?
Energy is currently the resource that does the most social and enviornmental damage. Producing local energy via solar, wood, water or whatever alleviates the need to extract it from others. Water is another resource with potential conflict potential, but by using it wisely, these problems can be lessened if not entirely eliminated. Some people will always be blessed with more local resources than others.
- How do you think that the GVCS can address issues of overpopulation?
It might increase overpopulation by increasing and stabilizing food production. But once people's basic survival needs are met they are more open to education. Also, your technological approach might lessen the need for large families of manual laborers.
- How do you think that the GVCS can address issues of resource depletion and environmental degradation?
By using resources wisely and not wasting them and by re-using rather than remanufacturing. By following organic protocols, environments become more diverse and productive over time.
- Other comments
Only one here. I spent a long time filling this form out once before only to have it get lost in an error code during transmission. I don't know where the problem lies, but I've had a hard time backing up through the web pages of your site.
- What have you already contributed to the OSE project? (technical contributions, blogging about us, financial support, organizing events, translations, interviews, video editing, publications, publicity work, behind-the-scenes work, CAD work, wiki contributions, computer support, etc)
I'm new to this. My only contribution so far is to let my group of concerned citizens in Lumby that you guys exist.
- I have not done technical writing professionally, but I know that I'd be good at it. Written communication is my specialty.
- I'm not a manager or an organizer. My talents lie elsewhere
- I have a rudimentary understanding at best. I have some experience in copywriting and SEO as well as persuasive writing. PR is propaganda and I understand its ways and implications.
- I hate finance
- I might brainstorm about it.
- I am a good cook and can plan for large groups, though it is not a passion. I have gardened every year since 1969, can can, dry, smoke meat, butcher and have raised chickens, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle. I can also milk cows and goats.
- I have done some prototyping. I designed, built and sold portable chiropractic while in college. I particularly liked designing jigs. I have a prototype knock-down greenhouse that can be built for about $100. I also designed but never marketed a hydraulic hose attachment for drilling fencepost holes, deep watering compost piles and subsoiling hardpan.
- See above.
Electronics and Magnetics
- I was an ET in the past but have not kept up with the new technology. I've installed heat pumps, hydronic fireplaces using solenoid valves and computerized controllers, pumps, thermistors and was a board swapper for National Semiconductor's Datachecker POS computer systems.
HOW can you help?
- How are you interested in contributing to the work of GVCS development?
I'm not yet familiar enough with the organization to see where I could fit in. Know that I am interested and willing to help with your endeavors.
- Can you volunteer to work with us, and if so, how many hours per week?
I could donate a few hours each week if I had a specific duty to perform with a deadline attached.
- Are you interested in working with us for pay? If so, what services can you offer, and what is your hourly or per-project rate?
Pay is always good. We'll have to see if I have what you need and if it's worth both our time
- Are you interested in purchasing equipment from us to help bootstrap development?
I'm not presently in the position to purchase right now. However, my son and I own 80 acres of second growth forest south face on the 50th parallel that I want to preserve and manage. I'm building a log house with a partially earth-sheltered solar basement. I hope to have it completed shortly before the world ends in 2012.
- Are you interested in bidding for consulting/design/prototyping work?
I'm not in the position to do that.
- Are you a True Fan? If not, why not?
I am ever the skeptic. I share your idealism but I'm old enough to have been disappointed before. This sounds like it could work and is worth the effort to make it happen. There are many more of "them" then there are of "us." Only education and proof will sway the masses.
- Would you like to see yourself working with us on a full-time basis?
- Are you interested in using the technologies that we are developing directly?
- Are you interested in being part of the world's first, open source, resilient community? The GVCS is the preparatory step for the OSE Village Experiment - a 2 year, immersion experiment (2013-2014) for testing whether a real, thriving, modern-day prototype community of 200 people can be built on 200 acres using local resources and open access to information? We are looking for approximately 200 people to fill a diverse array of roles, according to the Social Contract that is being developed. This may be the boldest social experiment on earth - a pioneering community whose goal is to extend the index of possibilities regarding harmonious existence of humans, ecology, and technology - as a beacon of light to benefit of all people on Earth.
Sounds wonderful. I'd love to be part of something like that. Might make a good reality TV show too, but only if there was conflict. I'm an old bumpkin who's been around awhile. It'll take at least two years for the city folk to get used to it.