OSE Design Framework

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The OSE Design Framework is an overarching set of assumptions applied in OSE product design, which includes:

  1. Design of an open source industrial economy that is based on appropriate technology
  2. This applies to new development or regeneration of built or decaying infrastructures
  3. The set is capable of providing an economy for 150 people, or Dunbar's Number. Scalability relies on getting this basic unit correct, as civilizations can be seen as collections of human networks at the Dunbar number scale. For advanced civilization, it is likely that 10-100 such units (1500-15000 people) can generate a modern civilization in the presence of open information access.
  4. The infrastructure enables modern civilization to happen (industrial age from scrap steel resources and information technology from smelting processes including extraction of aluminum from clay and smelting of silicon from sand)
  5. This is possible wherever rocks, sunlight, plants, soil, and water are available.
  6. Design of such a community is open source, thereby allowing transparency, integrity, and openness to be a cultural norm
  7. Community design promotes a transition to people learning to become Integrated Humans according to the principles of Self-Determination Theory.
  8. A fundamental approach to solving pressing world issues. This means that we think about what a good system would look like from scratch, instead of trying to fit solutions to current political, economic, social, or ecological constraints.