Luke Iseman Dedicated Project Visit Application
Name: Luke Iseman
Location: Austin, Texas (back to Kenya in mid-January)
Contact Info: phone (512)466-4055 , email firstname.lastname@example.org , skype liseman .
Resume / Schools: on LinkedIn profile
Jason Aramburu, CEO re:char. email@example.com , (210)872-0632. Jason currently works with me at re:char.
Stephen Merritt, owner Dirtnail Pedicabs. firstname.lastname@example.org, (512)844-4444. Stephen purchased Dirtnail Pedicabs from me.
Mia Iseman, younger sister. email@example.com , (512)608-3295.
Why I'm Interested:
I've followed OSE since reading about the project in Make Magazine. I've been building my own open-source projects for years, and I'm excited about the potential to deploy several OSE projects in Kenya and elsewhere.
Appropriate Technology: I run the technology arm of re:char, creating carbon-negative products for sale to Kenyan farmers that pay for themselves within 12 months.
Open Source Electronics: I invented the Garduino, an arduino-based garden manager.
Entrepreneurship: I have started several businesses, including Dirtnail Pedicabs, a fleet of 25 bicycle taxis I built myself.
Metalworking: most skilled at wire feed, I have utilized all major welding styles. Additionally, I have run several different styles of plasma CNCs and am an amateur blacksmith.
Things I have built:
In addition to remodeling a 1930s house, I have some of my projects on Instructables.
Particularly useful to OSE:
Welding, DIY experience, entrepreneurial energy.
Organizational skills / experience:
I have recruited, worked on, and occasionally managed teams throughout my career, from classrooms at Wharton to pedicabbers on the streets of Austin.
Cooking Yes, but not particularly well. I can cover my food expenses.
Resources to support myself? Yes.
Conditions / disabilities? None affecting ability to do work or exercise sound judgment.
Easy to get along with? Yes: I'm the oldest of 5 siblings, and they all still talk to me:)
Strong ideological views? Yes, but I believe in polite discussion rather than radical imposition.
Team player? Yes.
Dietary restrictions? None.
Transportation? Yes. I can have a car left on-site or not, at your discretion.
Wiki familiarity? Yes.
Pioneering, rough conditions, taking responsibility to create my own environment? Absolutely.
Options after month? Yes.
Goals / Deliverables:
I want to document the current state of the torch table for the first week, implement any readily available improvements the second week, and document a full deployment from scratch to finish upon my return to Kenya. Additionally, I will evaluate both Lifetrac and compressed earth bricks as possible technologies to deploy at our 6-acre demo site in 2012. The only resources I need to accomplish this are materials for any desired changes to the torch table. My project will be a success when I hear of at least 3 other people building a torch table from my documentation.
Willing to publish all results of work openly? Yes; I do this already.
What I expect to get personally? An adventure and an opportunity to learn more about DIY sustainability.
Visit prior? Yes.
3 interesting things about myself:
1. I've been to 25+ countries, and I wrote a book about my travels.
2. I'm building an off-grid house out of a shipping container.
3. Several of my projects have resulted in controversy.
3 things about living with me:
1. I sleep very soundly.
2. I have a distinctive, loud laugh.
3. I put copious amounts of Tabasco sauce on most foods.
Camera? I will bring several video and still cameras.