OSE Immersion Program 2018

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Apply for the First Ever Immersion Program and OSE Fellowship

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Immersion Training - 5 Weeks - August 25 to September 30, 2018

The OSE Fellows program is a one year, full time, merit-based Fellowship for doing something extraordinary while working with OSE. OSE Fellow candidates start with a 5 week immmersion program, beginning with the 1 week boot camp as described below - and continuing on to a solid working knowledge of the open source desktop microfactory. The Microfactory consists of the 3D printer, filament maker for producing 3D printing filament from scrap plastic, the CNC Circuit Mill, 3D Scanner (camera + software), and 2.5W laser cutter. Fellows-in-Training will build and take home all of these tools, such that they gain a capacity to support prototyping, production, and education activities that are part of their work with OSE.

Candidates' completion of the 5 week immersion qualifies the candidates to continue working with OSE full time - as OSE Fellows. Fellows spend about 25% of their time running public immersion build workshops - and the rest in further research and development. Fellows work remotely from their home location, with intent of starting an open source microfactory - in their home location. Regular on-site participation is part of the program, such that 2-3 months of the year are spent at the OSE headquarters for training and other collaborative events. Some Fellows may be invited to stay at the OSE headquarters full time if the situation is a good fit based on OSE R&D priorities.

The OSE Fellowship of 2018 provides ongoing training to Fellows in 2019. As Fellows gain experience running Desktop Microfactory workshops, they will be engaging in R&D and in learning further productive skills. In April 2019, OSE Fellows will have the opportunity to take the immersion training on Heavy Machines - where they learn to build the CNC Torch Table, Welder, CNC Multimachine, and Ironworker Machine - as 4 key machines for heavy metal fabrication. The April 2019 schedule focuses on the full Open Source Microfactory, which extends the capacity of the Desktop Microfactory to heavy machine fabrication.

Senior OSE Fellowship

OSE Fellows will have the opportunity to continue their engagement with OSE. The two options there are continuing as OSE Fellows, or applying to the Senior OSE Fellowship for those who want to increase their responsibilities with OSE.

Near the one year mark (on May 24, 2018 for the inaugural 2019 Senior Fellowship) - OSE Fellows can apply for the OSE Senior Fellowship. The prerequisite is Good Standing in the OSE Fellowship program. The OSE Fellows program continues with the possibility to apply to the OSE Senior Fellowship. The Senior Fellowship involves another 5 weeks of immersion training starting in September 2019, and begins a focus on leadership aspects of open source product development. The Senior Fellowship immersion training enters the realm of open source construction - branching from the fabrication focus of the OSE Fellowship. The Senior Fellowship marks a candidate's entry into movement entrepreneur training - as an Open Source Ecologist. An Open Source Ecologist is one who crosses numerous interdisciplinary boundaries into a commitment of mastering productive technology across all sectors - as a basis for becoming an integrated human with well-developed mental, physical, and spiritual capacities. Open Source Ecologist training involves manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and the humanities - as viewed through the lens of open source movement entrepreneurship. The Open Source Agroecology immersion program will be started in April of 2020, and the Integrated Humans program at the end of 2020. The Integrated Humans program shifts focus to augmenting humanity's capacity for learning, empathy, health, freedom, and self-determination. As such, the tentative schedule of Immersion Training will be:

  1. September 2018 - Desktop Microfactory
  2. April 2019 - Full Microfactory. CNC Torch Table and Heavy Duty Machining.
  3. September, 2019 - Open Source Construction. CEB Press, Aquaponic Greenhouse, and Seed Eco-Home construction techniques based on the results of the Open Building Institute collaboration
  4. April 2020 - Open Source Agroecology - developing perennial polyculture, plant breeding, and aquaponic operations for regenerating wastelands and for establishing food security
  5. September 2020 - Integrated Humans program, shifting gears from open source appropriate technology to augmenting human capacities

Senior Fellows will then have an opportunity to learn how to run the existing OSE Campus - and then will work on establishing new OSE Campuses in other locations. The nature of the OSE Campus is an immersion learning facility as well as an experimental facility for regenerative development. The OSE Campus is intended to be a mixture of a university, research park, and eco-industrial facility that provides an environment for transcending artificial scarcity in human affairs. The OSE Campus intends to demonstrate the feasibility of a prosperous economy based on abundant on-site resources - supported by global information.

OSE Fellows will receive a stipend that allows them to work with OSE on a full-time basis.

OSE Fellows will be paired with a business mentor from their own community to help them collaborate with local education, organization, and business organizations. OSE would like to ensure that Fellows ground themselves in local economic development, and that they receive support on their mission from their local communities.

OSE Boot Camp

The first OSE Boot Camp will be run as the first week of the OSE Fellows immersion training - August 25-31. A one week immersion, hands-on course where you learn about OSE's collaborative, open source development and extreme manufacturing process, with the open source desktop microfactory as the focus. You will be exposed to the full toolchain of crowd design from idea to build, where both the hardware and software are open source. We will do rapid prototyping using: FreeCAD and part libraries, 3D scanning, 3D printing, CNC circuit milling, laser cutting, and making 3D printing filament from scrap plastic - where all of the associate tools are completely open source. We will teach you how to operate a closed loop materials cycle as we recycle scrap plastic into virgin 3D printing filament. You will learn how to design a 3D printer according to our 3D Printer Design Guide and Construction Set approach using our Universal Axis motion system. We will also cover how the same Universal Axis system can be used to build the CNC Circuit Mill and small laser cutter as derivative machines. We will also cover how you can set up an online, on-demand 3D printing store using a Raspberry Pi-based server for your home microfactory. We will show you how you can get involved with OSE's open source product development effort for household consumer goods that can potentially put an open source dent in the existing $20T household consumer goods market. Finally, you will build your own 3D printer in one day to take home with you. The goal is to equip you with all the skills and open source equipment that enables you to design and build larger and smaller versions of the 3D printer and derivative machines, so you can bring open source production and culture back to your neighborhood. See more details of the Open Source Microfactory Boot Camp


The immersion, 5 week program is a deep dive into the world of open source hardware - with the desktop open source microfactory as the subject of exploration.

We are looking for systems-thinking generalists, as the curriculum covers:

  • Technology
  • Education
  • Leadership and Psychology
  • Enterprise

See Immersion Program Curriculum for the details of the 5 weeks

(the first week is the above Boot Camp, which may be taken separately by those who are not yet ready for the full program).


The cost for the 1 year program is $6,500 (USD) - with about half of that being tuition, room, and board - and the other half going to the materials cost of building the desktop Microfactory that each candidate takes home with them.

Need financial assistance? No worries - we will work closely with you to find a sponsor if you are a right candidate for the program, so we encourage you to apply today.

The costs include:

  • Taking home 7 machines for your own personal Microfactory: three 3D printers, a CNC circuit mill, laser cutter, filament maker, and plastic grinder - plus a basic tool set of important hand tools + cordless drill.
  • Food and accommodations for your stay in 1-person rooms in the HabLab. Access to our 30' swimming pool.
  • The OSE Linux live distribution on a USB stick
  • Continuing education webinars and coaching
  • On-site travel for builds and training events

OSE Fellows - Doing Something Extraordinary

Upon completing the immersion training program and passing a final hands-on test - candidates earn the title of OSE Fellows. OSE Fellows can work with OSE full time for up to one year, after which they can apply for the Senior Fellowship. OSE Fellows receive free tuition to the additional April 2019 5 week immmersion, as well as free admission to any other OSE workshops and events (admission only, not materials costs for products to take home). OSE Fellows will receive a $3,000 per month stipend pending good standing in the program.

Skills Used

  • Track record of ethics, with strong interest in teaching, research & development, and open source product development
  • Familiarity with open source software
  • Proficiency with FreeCAD (learned as part of the program)
  • Web literacy skills - using wiki templates, Wordpress CMS, familiarity with Linux
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills


  • Conceptual and technical design work, CAD drafting, and documentation production
  • Preparing and running educational build workshops
  • Producing instructionals and curriculum
  • Researching industry standards for products and services
  • Running a home-based, open source microfactory to produce parts and kits
  • Research and development of open source hardware products
  • Fellows are expected to have a high level of integrity, and work as needed to meet the development schedule
  • Keeping a notebook, a work log on the wiki, and open documentation of all work product
  • Weekly OSE Developer remote collaboration meeting
  • Usage of OSE Linux for all work-related activity

What to Expect

  • Frequent and direct access to CEO
  • Constant learning environment, and contribution to the same
  • Integration of physical, mental, and spiritual growth as part of the work
  • Transparent and open collaboration, publishing early and often
  • Development of one's esteem to propose and execute progressive ideals
  • Entrepreneurial, responsible attitude to work and growth of Open Source Ecology.
  • Responsibility for creating an effective work environment
  • Quarterly or possibly more frequent on-site meetings and events at the OSE headquarters


To apply, please begin by taking the first 2 steps:

  • Step 1: Submit a Video Cover Letter and resume at Immersion Program Application
  • Step 2: Apply for the OSE Developer Team - by filling out the application at OSE_Developers#Application. Joining as an OSE Developer is required for all candidates - as the test for the Developer Team involves learning basic literacy of FreeCAD - a tool that we use at OSE on a regular basis. The application and test for the OSE Developer Team takes between 5-20 hours to complete - depending on the skill set of the applicant. We suggest that applicants following the directions carefully. Design experience may help to do the FreeCAD test faster - though no prior design experience is required.

The requirement for application is fluency in English and a high school-level or equivalent science and technology background. This offer is for the US and Canada only - but if you are from another country, please don't hesitate to ask as we will be expanding to other countries.

The onboarding roadmap for Fellows is:



  • Accepting applications until August 1, 2018 on a rolling basis
  • Both online and in-person interview - by August 8, 2018
  • Acceptances announced on a rolling basis, until August 10. 2018.
  • Payment in full due by August 14, 2018.


Please email info@opensourceecology.org with questions and begin your application today. There are only 4 spots for the first-pilot - so begin the application only. We solicit application by invitation and referral, though we accept those who are new to the project.


This covers further details:

  • What task/project(s) will the Fellow work on? Fellows will spend a majority of their time doing open source product development - designing and building prototypes on the Critical Path of OSE. Each Fellow will be responsible for completing a single open source product, based on a large body of prior work - and making sure that the product is well-documented and accessible to the public according to OSE's documentation standards. The products chosen will either be iterations of existing Global Village Construction Set technologies - or derivative products - related to creating the open source economy as outlined by the OSE Roadmap. Fellows will run 1 or more public workshops per month, teaching the general public to build machines and to develop related enterprises. The rollout for 2018-2019 includes the 3D Printer, Filament Maker, CNC Circuit Mill, Laser Cutter - and a select range of consumer household goods that are produced using closed-loop material cycles.
  • How will the intern be oriented to your organization? Orientation begins with joining the OSE Developer Team, where the candidate learns the essential software and collaboration tools. The first week of joining the Developer Team the candidate is oriented and contributes to developing a quarterly work plan. Once the candidate is accepted to the program, the 5 week on-site immersion and Boot Camp provides the necessary training in open source collaborative development.
  • Who will supervise/manage them? - Fellows work closely with the OSE Director on their research and development schedule, while the OSE admin assistant will help to coordinate build workshops.
  • Where will the Fellow physically work? Fellows work from their home location, while running their own microfactory. The microfactory requires a minimum of 100 square feet of space.
  • Do OSE Fellows receive a stipend? Yes, Fellows receive a $3k/month Fellowship based on good standing in the program.
  • What key responsibilities will the Fellow have? Key responsibilities involve full time engagement in open source product R&D as outlined on a quarterly schedule, while running 1 or more monthly Extreme Manufacturing Workshops.
  • What academic qualifications do you require, based on the established responsibilities? We have no formal academic qualifications, but do require street smarts and ability to execute projects and work as a team in a constant learning environment.
  • How will the intern be evaluated? Good standing is based on achieving a quartely 100% burndown on a given project, which is documented transparently using OSE development templates. Together with the burndown, a Fellow is expected to run 1 or more successful Extreme Manufacturing workshops, with at least a 3 star (of five stars) average review from participants.
  • What happens when a Fellow is not in good standing? Both the Fellow and OSE will collaborate on a solution to improve performance in the most responsible way possible. If good standing is not attained by the subsequent quarter, the Fellowship may be terminated.
  • What is your conflict resolution policy? Please see OSE Conflict Resolution
  • What are your candidate criteria? The only requirement is that the person live and work in US/Canada, as we have proven the revenue model in these countries. Otherwise, we are looking for amazing, ethical individuals with a mindset open to learning - people who are looking to obtain skill sets for transitioning from vision to execution. We are looking for people with a willingness to acquire skills to improve their ability to learn and perform. Ideally, candidates have finished college but are dissatisfied at the notion of working in standard corporate jobs.
  • Does the 1 year fellowship directly follow the 5 week program? Yes. If a person is not available right after, they should apply for the next training cycle. We offer the month of immersion twice per year.
  • What does a typical Fellow's schedule and daily routine look like? Please see the daily, weekly, quarterly, and semiannual schedule at Immersion Program Calendar
  • May a potential offer be accepted at a later date? We will offer immersion programs twice per year, so you would need to apply when you are ready.
  • Are the two immersion workshops planned in 2018-19 the only opportunities to get training required for the Fellowship? We are offering the immersion training according to the schedule at OSE_Immersion_Program#Senior_OSE_Fellowship. If someone applies for a Fellowship at a later date, they will be getting immersion training on that particular topic. We will offer the Boot Camp regularly, such that future Fellowship applicants can still learn the necessary skills to run the Desktop Microfactory XM Workshops.
  • What are some alternative ways I could get involved? Join the OSE Developers Team.
  • Why do you want all the Fellows to run XM Workshops instead of doing R&D full time? For several reasons. First, by including entrepreneurship in our regular work we prove the value of our work and enforce its relevance in the marketplace. Our scaling model involves EVERY one of our collaborators in revenue-generating activities - as a proof that what we are doing has redeemable value. We believe that the bootstrapped funding model that we are developing is highly scalable, and that it can lead to the mass creation of right livelihoods. We believe in a systems-thinking approach, so we like to expose our people to a multi-disciplinary skill set. We want our people to be cross-trained in multiple areas of endeavor, in preparation for involvement as movement entrepreneurs. Our goal is provide a diverse skill set required for ethical movement entrepreneurship.
  • Do you accept people with disabilities? Yes, as long as they can do the required work.
  • Do I need a car? - Yes, since you will need to bring supplies to events. The norm would be running 2 events per month - preferably within an hour one way drive. Thus, the average should be 4 hours of driving per month. This is significantly less than the average 25 minute commute - which adds up to about 17 hours per month. If you are doing a lot of networking and meeting of collaborators or potential clients, that may require more driving.