Open Source Economy

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Introduction

An open source economy is defined as an economy in which the development of goods and services happens via open collaboration between independent stakeholders on the global level. It is an economy where the rate of innovation across all sectors is significantly higher than the rate of innovation provided by proprietary research and development characteristic of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. In short, the open source economy is efficient: it avoids competive waste - thereby optimizing not only production, but also - distribution. It is a paradigm that optimizes access and opportunity, being Distributive Rather Than Re-distributive.

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An open source economy related to the work of Open Source Ecology is defined as a parallel economy that can gain a significant market share of global production, within a context of artificial scarcity that is charactisting of Business as Usual enterprises.

Rather than define a quantitative definition of the Open Source Economy in terms of market share - we define it qaulitatively. The qualitative norms are:

  1. Patents are no longer secured because open collaboration and patents are incompatible. It becomes commonly understood that the innovation rate is higher when patents are not invoked, and as such, patents become a thing of the past.
  2. Trade secrets no longer exist because open collaboration and trade secrets are incompatible. There is no incentive to secrecy as the value of transparency has emerged as more productive.
  3. Non-disclosure agreements are no longer invoked, as entrepreneurs have recognized that walling up innovation is not consistent with the general good.
  4. Opening of innovation has distributed economic prowess more widely across the globe. As a result of access to best practices across all areas of human endeavor, the difference between first and third world economies have been blurred. Small-minded corruption and lawlessness where the few benefit at the expense of many has largely been eradicated in formerly backward regions of the world. A first rate standards of living is available to all.
  5. Decentralized economies have made economic localization more relevant to commerce. The stock market, derivative financial instruments, and speculation obsolete in the face of crowd-funding, social capital, place-based investment, and regenerative economics. Environmental and social regeneration has become valued more highly than degeneration.
  6. Wholistic, integral, systems thinking has forged a more ecological relationship between economics and natural resources. Natural resources have been accepted as the source of wealth and objects of respect.
  7. Global Military Spending has been largely converted from wartime ends to peaceful ends - such as Regenerative Development.

Quantitative Analysis

Quantitatively speaking, these are translated to the current statistics, and set points are proposed for the next economy:

  1. Overall - for a quantification of the $940B economy required for a transition - see The Tipping Point
  2. Military - 10x reduction from $2T to $200B, with another 10x reduction in the following decade. This is just a gross guess of a practical level that can be attained within 20 years (one generation) - based on transition from weaponry to livingry (as Buckminster Fuller claimed). That means transitioning from kicking ass (stealing products) to producing them instead. The latter is more compelling to those who have feelings.

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An open source economy related to the work of Open Source Ecology is defined as a parallel economy that can gain a significant market share of global production, within a context of artificial scarcity that is charactisting of Business as Usual enterprises.

Rather than define a quantitative definition of the Open Source Economy in terms of market share - we define it qaulitatively. The qualitative norms are:

  1. Patents are no longer secured because open collaboration and patents are incompatible. It becomes commonly understood that the innovation rate is higher when patents are not invoked, and as such, patents become a thing of the past.
  2. Trade secrets no longer exist because open collaboration and trade secrets are incompatible. There is no incentive to secrecy as the value of transparency has emerged as more productive.
  3. Non-disclosure agreements are no longer invoked, as entrepreneurs have recognized that walling up innovation is not consistent with the general good.
  4. Opening of innovation has distributed economic prowess more widely across the globe. As a result of access to best practices across all areas of human endeavor, the difference between first and third world economies have been blurred. Small-minded corruption and lawlessness where the few benefit at the expense of many has largely been eradicated in formerly backward regions of the world. A first rate standards of living is available to all.
  5. Decentralized economies have made economic localization more relevant to commerce. The stock market, derivative financial instruments, and speculation obsolete in the face of crowd-funding, social capital, place-based investment, and regenerative economics. Environmental and social regeneration has become valued more highly than degeneration.
  6. Wholistic, integral, systems thinking has forged a more ecological relationship between economics and natural resources. Natural resources have been accepted as the source of wealth and objects of respect.
  7. Global Military Spending has been largely converted from wartime ends to peaceful ends - such as Regenerative Development.

Quantitative Analysis

Quantitatively speaking, these are translated to the current statistics, and set points are proposed for the next economy:


  1. Overall - for a quantification of the $940B economy required for a transition - see The Tipping Point
  2. Military - 10x reduction from $2T to $200B, with another 10x reduction in the following decade. This is just a guess of a practical level that can be attained within 20 years (one generations)

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The open source economy is an economy that optimizes both production and distribution, while providing environmental regeneration and social justice. The open source economy is in essence a paradigm where communities utilize open source knowledge and tools to provide material prosperity without relying on global supply chains for essential resources.

See our work from the early days of Open Source Ecology - the Enterprise Plan Video of 2011:

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