Paul Phillips

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Team Culturing Information

WHO are you?

  • Name

Paul Phillips

  • Location (city, country)

Washington D.C., USA

  • Contact Information (email, skype, phone)

pphilly [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Picture
  • Introductory Video
  • Resume/CV


WHY are you motivated to support/develop this work?

  • Do you endorse open source culture?

Absolutely. Open source development has been a great boon to the software development world. I hope it will be as successful in the hardware department.

  • Why are you interested in collaborating with us?

This project has the potential to drag the world out of the current socio-economic disaster it is currently entrapped in. I want to help create an alternative. Also, the type of work being done at OSE looks challenging and fun.

  • How do you think that the GVCS can address pressing world issues?

If we could provide impoverished peoples throughout the world with the GVCS, they could build a self-sustaining community that would not be reliant on outside aid. Moreover, people could choose to remove themselves from the consumer culture without having to return to a 17th century lifestyle. I'm coming to believe more and more that reform or revolution can't fix the problems in the world today. Sometimes you just need to start from scratch.

  • What should happen so that you become more involved with the project?

More updates, more opportunities for long term on-site development, better project organization.

  • What is missing in the project?

A hydroponic system of some kind. This is essential if we do not want the implementation of the GVCS to be restricted to only locations with fertile soil and plentiful water sources. Aquaponics could possibly be even better as it could be made to be mostly self-sustaining.

  • What are your suggestions for improvement of the project?

Let more people take more control of the various needs of the project. More autonomy means less management and holds truer to open source values.

WHAT are your skills?

  • List all of your skills in these areas: Communications - Organizational - Computer Support - Finances - Design - Natural Building - Electronics - Automation - Metallurgy - Engineering - Fabrication - Agriculture - Energy - Architecture - Video/Graphics/Art - PR/Marketing - Education - Construction - Industry - CNC - Chemistry - Product Design - Other

Organizational: Have limited experience in project management

Electronics: Fairly well versed through my courses. Know my way around a soldering iron.

Automation: Experienced programmer in a few different languages (C#, Java mainly) in a variety of applications (simulations, AI programming)

Computer Support: Current profession. Can support the crap out of a computer.

Engineering/Fabrication: About a year's worth of experience with CAD software in and out of college. Can do modeling work as well as fabrication drawings.

Other: Technical writing skills - A+, hobbyist economist and philosopher, play a mean guitar.

  • How have you already contributed to the project?

I donated to the kickstarter!

HOW can you help?

  • How are you interested in contributing to the work of GVCS development?

I would like to help with the CAD models and drawings. I would also love to get involved with some hands-on work down at FeF, but since I have little experience with that, I probably will be most helpful working on the technology side.

  • Can you volunteer to work with us, and if so, how many hours per week?

Yes, I hope to be able to volunteer 10-20 hours per week.

  • Are you interested in working with us for pay? If so, what services can you offer, and what is your hourly or per-project rate?

Sure, though I have limited experience – it would again be with developing CAD models and drawings.

Yes, though at a later date.

  • Are you interested in purchasing equipment from us to help bootstrap development?

No, I don't have the money to do prototyping on my own.

  • Are you interested in bidding for consulting/design/prototyping work?

Yes, though at a later date.

Yes I am!

  • Would you like to see yourself working with us on a full-time basis?

Yes, though at a later date.

  • Are you interested in being part of the world's first, open source, resilient community? The GVCS is the preparatory step for the OSE Village Experiment – a 2 year, immersion experiment (2013-2014) for testing whether a real, thriving, modern-day prototype community of 200 people can be built on 200 acres using local resources and open access to information? We are looking for approximately 200 people to fill a diverse array of roles, according to the Social Contract that is being developed. This may be the boldest social experiment on earth - a pioneering community whose goal is to extend the index of possibilities regarding harmonious existence of humans, ecology, and technology.

Yes, that sounds awesome.