OSE Culture

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General

OSE has a culture of open, collaborative innovation and learning. We are committed to a long-term view for creative transition of existing systems into the next economy, which we believe will be the open source economy. We believe that open innovation is the route to an efficient and ethical economy.

We are: Open, collaborative, integrative, creative, transparent, ethical, transformative, learning, meaningful, effective, efficient, peak performance .

  1. Open source culture - openness and sharing is the route to unleashed innovation.
  2. Ethical economy - there are fundamental issues of equity in today's economy, and we aim to transcend them without harming anyone and without leaving nature behind.
  3. We take a long view - principled approach to creating essential change - and for regenerating the earth - not putting band-aids on deep problems.
  4. Absolutely creative approach - transformation happens by creating new options, not taking down existing ones.
  5. Learning organization - we value constant learning and improvement
  6. Systems approach - we value an integrated, eco-system based approach, as opposed to reductionism.
  7. Meaning - what we do is intended to provide fundamental solutions to pressing world issues - not bandaids or trivialties.
  8. Efficiency for Abundance
  9. Audàcious, unreasonable, and transformative - we gobbke up Amazon and Walmart for breakfast on the way to the next trillion dollar economy of distributive Enterprise.

Other

  • Responsibility - the price of freedom is responsibility.
  • Openness - embodying open source culture in the aspect of documenting for building-upon by others.
  • Transparency - access to freedom is generated by openness in behavior and in documentation
  • Honor - the route to freedom is honorable, ethical behavior
  • Diligence - consistent pursuit
  • Focus - eyes on the prize, for the good of all
  • Drive and Ambition - for the common good
  • Abundance - the route to abundance is productivity, but also wisdom in the use of the products
  • Lifelong learning - essence of a learning organization
  • Performance Development - open sourcing high performance in all its forms: excellence, productivity, efficiency, ethics, integrity, justice,

Desirable Characteristics of OSE Participants

From the development point of view, this is the type of person that we are looking for as we build the OSE Team:

We are interested in someone with practical experience, and who has an ability to consult with experts to bring and apply proven, cutting edge techniques and implement them.on the ground at Open Source Ecology. We are not looking for apprentices to play in their sandbox as much as integrators who draw from and integrate the wealth of globally-distributed knowledge - and bring it to Factor e Farm. We are looking for leaders, but if the person has the right mindset of learning, we are willing to take on less-experienced individuals who can follow guidance - ie, those who are wise enough to discern what works and what is fluff - and who learn from the mistakes of others.

This is important for two reasons. First, Open Source Ecology's main operating assumption is that humans have already attained sufficient knowhow to survive and thrive. However, as a civilization - disciplines are specialized and siloed in isolation - and boundary-crossing learning is difficult in today's world. It is my opinion that we can fix problems by drawing upon existing solutions - by learning from, integrating, and applying existing knowledge. I think that wise use of knowledge from many disciplines is much more important to human progress than any 'new invention' in a particular field. Therefore, Open Source Ecology aims to study best practices from multiple disciplines and open-source them - make them transparent and widely accessible. From an operational standpoint, that means that our team must focus on learning from others - the world's best - to bring in cutting edge knowledge from all over to make a showcase example of what happens when best practices are used. This to me is the key to a civilization reboot.

Second, I have observed that very few people are actually capable of taking advantage of the wealth of existing knowledge. For one, such knowledge is not readily available. Even if such knowledge were available - ego, immaturity, and desire of people to do things their way often stand in the way of learning. I have seen that only rare people have the capacity to identify, seek out, and get advice from the world's experts - ie, to take 'industry standards' and build upon them to make them more appropriate - without 'reinventing the wheel.' People with such a capacity are particularly valuable to us, and we intend to build our organizational culture on such people: the nonconformists who learn from others to build upon current state of art. At the same time, we do not seek new solutions - but more integrations and distribution of existing solutions to raise the bar for everybody - not to further empoer the empowered. We build power where there is a lack of power.

The type of person that we are looking for would need to be able to write a detailed work plan and demonstrate a convincing case for being able to execute on that plan, within specified timelines and budgets.

Q&A

  • Why are you designing a 3D printer that is 4x faster than standard printers? Because we will use about 4x less energy - not to mention make printing of plastic lumber feasible for the Seed Eco-Home.
  • What are your goals? To democratize productivity is one of our main aims.