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2024 - Big Picture

We are trying to change the economic system to open collaboration, replacing patents and trade secrets across the board with collaborative development. Our main question is how we transform the reptilian brain of humans from fear and scarcity to one of abundance. This is based on a first principles understanding that energy resources are abundant according to the Kardashev scale, and therefore material abundance is possible. Therefore, the goal is to educate civilization to the practice of abundance by teaching the mindsets and skills required to begin living in an information-based, post-scarcity economy.

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OSE's goal is to increase human intelligence to Integrated Intelligence. Part of that is Recovering Genius, an abundant quality which is lost going into adulthood. To increase integrated intelligence, we must attain universal Self-Determination. Financial independence is a prerequisite for self-determination - or how else can one attain self-determination if one is forced to spend a majority of one's time working in alienation of their true goals - just in order to survive? To get to universal financial independence, we must start with an Abundance Economy. A prerequisite to that is open source, collaborative development which enables Economics Beyond Scarcity. To get to economics beyond scarcity thinking, we must acknowledge that we have a reptilian brain which instills fear in us and makes us susceptible to promises of security - starting with material security - so we must be willing to think about yourself and how your own mind works to achieve security philoisophically, and how that security can be achieved practically with tangible skills. There is a chicken and egg problem here - to be secure, we must have both the mindset and skillset - but it we have neither - skillset without mindset does not get us there, nor does mindset without skillset. So we must seek deeply to bridge this gap.


Our big picture metric of success is the entire global population becoming self-actualized to doing meaningful work that they want to do in their life, instead of having to work only because they have to survive. In practice, this means creating a first example of a replicable, non-scarcity based business model around housing by 2028. Our goal for economic impact is 10,000 people served and net revenue of $1B. This includes creating an education option for 'buying out at the bottom' to financial independence, at a cost around the $10,000 budget proposed in my initial TED Talk of 2011. The goal is to at least double annually from 2028, but ideally virally - so that we can scale financial independence to the entire global population.


A group in New Orleans built our open source tractor to help in their urban agriculture project. https://www.amdoc.org/watch/media/960/. However, their project has since folded, as we continue to learn about the systemic challenges to open collaboration.

Funding Requests

We are looking for support and funders to help us develop Rapid Learning Facilities and its curriculum - for multimodal, interdisciplinary, hands-on, integrated learning that enables multidisciplinary skillsets which combine knowledge work with industrial productivity. This is in order to leap-frog into the post-scarcity economy, which would be based on a higher percentage of universal basic asset providers than are currently available.

What does it mean to be mission-related

For companies to be mission-aligned with OSE, the following properties should be met:

  1. Organization must be developing Distributive Enterprise
  2. Organization must have openly-published blueprints that can be used as prior art.
  3. The engagement of the organization must be directly related to issues of human systems design by developing new options in civilization that tend towards eradication of artificial scarcity as the operating norm in society. This means that the organization is taking on a fundamental, essential approach to solving pressing world issues, not putting bandaids on problems.

2023 - Sequencing

The sequence of missions that OSE plans to engage is, starting with housing and transitioning to other topics as staff allows. The current work revolves largely around housing (see Housing Theory of Everything, industrial machines, and manufacturing.

  1. Eradicate artificial scarcity in housing so that everyone has an opportunity to have a sweet home.
  2. Open source manufacturing to fix the global economic system by distributing wealth.
  3. Create applied learning systems relevant to solving pressing world issues

Problem Areas on OSE's Radar

  1. Solve the last unsolved frontier of human economic systems - distribution.
  2. End war by developing solar hydrogen as the next energy infrastructure for the world
  3. Liberate the food system from unhealthy diets to lack of food in the first place, by heirloom techniques and robotic collaboration.
  4. Proliferate robotics and automation to eliminate brutal work and to promote global self-actualization.
  5. Produce mutually assured abundance of all critical resources, to eradicate artificial scarcity in general/
  6. To normalize collaborative enterprise development via collaborative advantage as the new incentive structure, to liberate civilization from competitive waste.
  7. To create a culture of and infrastructure of solving unanswered problems across all disciplines - which is a possible life work path for anyone, not just the geniuses.
  8. To provide general civilization start-up services for building problem-solving communities with a renewed purpose in life.

Tactical Missions


HintLightbulb.png Hint: OSE Vision: OSE envisions collaborative design for a transparent and inclusive economy of abundance. OSE Mission Summary: to transcend artificial scarcity. Byline: individuals taking a higher level of agency and responsibility in the world around them. Through what they do for a living.

Reason for existence. Mission supports the Vision and communicates purpose and direction.

One Sentence: The mission of Open Source Ecology (OSE) is to create the open source economy, an economy that accelerates innovation by open collaboration.

The mission of Open Source Ecology (OSE) is to create the open source economy. An open source, libre economy is an efficient economy which increases innovation by open collaboration. To get there, OSE is currently developing a set of open source blueprints for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) - a set of the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist - everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. In the process of creating the GVCS, OSE intends to develop a modular, scalable platform for documenting and developing open source, libre hardware - including blueprints for both physical artifacts and for related open enterprises.

The current practical implementation of the GVCS is a life size LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools for distributed production. The Set includes fabrication and automated machines that make other machines. Through the GVCS, OSE intends to build not individual machines - but machine construction systems that can be used to build any machine whatsoever. Because new machines can be built from existing machines, the GVCS is intended to be a kernel for building infrastructures of modern civilization.


A vision statement is an inspirational and aspirational descrption of the organization as it would appear in a future successful state.

UPDATE: The Vision has been upgraded with the Vivid Vision.

We - the countless collaborators upon whose shoulders this Vision stands - imagine a world of innovation accelerated by open, collaborative development - to solve wicked problems - before they are created. We see a world of prosperity that doesn't leave anyone behind. We see a world of interdisciplinary, synergistic systems thinking - not the isolated silos of today's world.

This work of distributing raw productive power to people is not only a means to solving wicked problems - but a means for humans themselves to evolve. The creation of a new world depends on expansion of human consciousness and personal evolution - as individuals tap their autonomy, mastery, and purpose - bo Build Themselves - and to become responsible for the world around them. One outcome is a world beyond artificial material scarcity - where no longer do material constraints and resource conflicts dictate most of human interactions - personal and political.

We see a future world where we can say - "Resource conflicts? That was back in the stone age."

Values Statement

A values statement describes what the organization believes in and how it will behave... A stated values statement does not simply become the core values for the organization... Developing a values-led organization can be a difficult and slow process that should be attempted only by organizations that are willing and prepared to make a long-term commitment to the established company values. Source

Our core values revolve around open collaboration - which implies the vulnerability to share work in progress, without ego, power struggle, and insecurity. Our core values are efficiency, and the ethics and wisdom to understand what we should be efficient about. In practice, we strive to find effective ways to document our work - to create an open collaboration platform - where we can bring collaborators on board rapidly. While it is difficult to document - the realtime, cloud collaborative tools of the information age make this easier - and we aim to tap these new tools to document and develop together.

The end point of our practical development is Distributive Enterprise - an open, collaborative enterprise that publishes all of its strategic, business, organizational, enterprise information - so that others could learn and thereby truly accelerate innovation by annihilating all forms of competitive waste. We see this as the only way to solve wicked problems faster than they are created - a struggle worth the effort. In the age where companies spend more on patent protectionism than on research and development - we feel that unleashing the power of collaborative innovation is an idea whose time has come.

OSE History

When OSE was first founded in 2003, the concept of Open Source Ecology was born. To the Founder, this means a world where open source meets economy meets ecology. This means a prosperous world of people living in harmony with their natural life support systems. On the OSE Legacy Site - this is the initial writing about the meaning of Open Source Ecology:

Our Mission - by Marcin Jakubowski, 11.30.03

I. What is Open Source? Open Source refers to the model of providing goods and services which includes the possibility of the end-user's praticipation in the production of these goods and services. This concept has already been demonstrated in Linux, the open source computing system. With Linux, a large number of software developers have contributed to creating a viable alternative to the proprietary Windows computer operating system. Many people can readily see the advantages- all Linux software is free. Please read these articles on the concept of Open Source software and its implications for changing business.

II. What is Open Source Economics? Our mission is to extend the Open Source model to the provision any goods and services- Open Source Economics. This means opening access to the information and technology which enables a different economic system to be realized, one based on the integration of natural ecology, social ecology, and industrial ecology. This economic system is based on open access- based on widely accessible information and associated access to productive capital- distributed into the hands of an increased number of people. Read about an inspiring example of such an economic model being currently put into practice with respect to manufacturing vehicles.

We believe that a highly distributed, increasingly participatory model of production is the core of a democratic society, where stability is established naturally by the balance of human activity with sustainable extraction of natural resources. This is the opposite of the current mainstream of centralized economies, which have a structurally built-in tendency towards of overproduction.

III. What is Open Source Ecology? We derive our organization's name from a concept which refers to the integration of the natural, societal, and industrial ecologies- Open Source Ecology- aiming at sustainable and regenerative economics. We are convinced that a possibility of a quality life exists, where human needs are guaranteed to the world's entire population- as long as we ask ourselves basic questions on what societal structures and productive activities are truly appropriate to meeting human needs for all. At the end of the day, the goal is to liberate our time to engage in exactly that which each of us wants to be doing- instead of what we need to do to survive. All have the potential to thrive. Today, an increasingly smaller percentage of the world's population is in this position.

Since 2003, we have gained much more clarity on our mission. We have been transitioning steadily from vision to execution - via the GVCS and the radically efficient, distributed production methods that lead to 1-day production times of heavy machines. This is a metric of efficiency that underlies our work - and indicates that the economic power of distributed production is real - and that open development is the next industrial revolution. We believe that the open source economy is an idea whose time has come.