Pressing World Issues

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Systems inertia works by preserving the System as it is. Many well-intentioned individuals fail to approach the edge of the System sufficiently close to make actual change.

Any effort, from the open source ecology perspective, must include collaborative open source, and thus modular and Distributive solutions as the stated core. Time scales of change must be on the generation scale (about 2 decades).

The natural outcome of such an approach is transformation via Distributed Market Substitution on the house-keeping (economic) front.

OSE Approach

Global Grand Challenges

HintLightbulb.png Hint: Disclaimer: This page is a work in progress, and items are not listed in order of importance. The meaning of some of the following items may be different than what you may think, so please limit your assumptions. Further explanations will be provided and published in a forthcoming book, after being vetted and peer reviewed for general consensus and best practices

  1. General ecocide (Whole World issue) - deforestation, desertification, loss of habitat, species die-off
  2. Disparity of wealth. High Gini Coefficient
  3. Democracy under siege - see Freedom House
  4. Fractional Reserve Banking with high leverage ratios providing for instability. Note that the Federal Reserve Reduced Reserve Requirements to Zero in 2021, making funny money completely baseless.
  5. Desertification
  6. Deforestation
  7. Anthropogenic Climate Change
  8. High Cost of Living, preventing honest pursuit of Self-Determination by most people (a First World issue)
  9. Standing armies
  10. Genocide
  11. Enforced Mediocrity
  12. Political Ponerology, or promotion of evil within institutions
  13. Medicine for Profit
  14. Resource scarcity - water rights, clean air, clean food (Whole World issue)
  15. Patent system and other legal fictions for enclosing public knowledge
  16. Lack of public access to published journals. Solution possibility: cross subsidization or institution only pay for the service
  17. Limitation of liability (ie, fundamental unaccountability baked into the operation of enterprise) and the Agency Problem.
  18. Biodiversity loss
  19. Alienation from work (related to high Cost of Living)
  20. Access to healthcare
  21. Illiteracy, and especially collaborative illiteracy
  22. Innumeracy and Scientific Illiteracy
  23. Corporate funded research which encloses the intellectual output of public institutions
  24. Pollution, especially water pollution
  25. Corrupt institutions
  26. Economic system based on proprietary development as opposed to open source product development
  27. The Best and the Brightest as opposed to education
  28. Disciplinary thinking, as opposed to systems thinking which acknowledges that things are connected.
  29. Agricultural monoculture
  30. Fossil fuel energy instead of renewable energy
  31. Global supply chains via cost externalization
  32. Externalization of social, environmental, and lifetime costs
  33. Slavery, including wage slavery
  34. Consequences of Colonialism + Neocolonialism
  35. Depression
  36. Insurance Racket
  37. Corrupt Officials and Bribes
  38. Racism, Unequal Access, and Redlining
  39. Excessive Incarceration
  40. Anomie, lack of self-esteem, lack of Character
  41. Addictions - to substances, sex, power
  42. Tariffs - the need for protectionism evaporates with access to open source technology and collaboration where everyone has access to productive capacity worldwide starting with their own communities.



  1. Fear

Human Structures

  1. Financialization

Psychography of Macrosocial Phenomena

This is an entertaining take on the relationship between nature and the power flows of society. We think that this is a brilliant encapsulation of the human psychology that makes the world what it is today. In particular - that both the cause and the solution is within each of us - we have the ultimate responsibility, not some 'tyrant on high'.

Universal Solutions

  1. Open Source Hardware
  2. Universal access to education (upgrading the operating system in peoples' heads)
  3. Circular Economies
  4. Mass creation of right livelihood, unjobbing, and conversion of people from employees to entrepreneurial agents
  5. Open Source Product Development
  6. Transparency
  7. Ethical Economics
  8. Distributed Production - Distributed Manufacturing - and especially Distributive Enterprise
  9. Democracy
  10. Afforestation - planting trees. For example, transitioning from fossil fuels to biofuels can be accomplished by repurposing wasteland and other use to Integrated Polyculture biomass production
  11. Agricultural perennial polyculture
  12. Renewable energy
  13. Regenerative development of land
  14. Economics based on full cost accounting
  15. Building of (Renewable and self sustaining) Economies + Medical Systems + Infrastructure in Developing and/or Island countries, Or rural areas of ones that do not fit those prior conditions, yet face similar problems
  16. Unlimited Liability Company
  17. Termination of Public Offering which separates agency from the executive role, ie - enforces conflict of interest between owners and operators. (this is a longer discussion)
  18. Just Internet - for Web 3.0, we need to start considering libre hardware chips. The internet runs on hardware. That hardware is proprietary and non-transparent. Step 1 for an open internet is open source hardware for the internet. This way, there are no back doors, as you can examine what everything does.
  19. Biodiversity loss - solution at scale would be creating local microfactories and food systems to eliminate cause: resource predation. Secondary would be acquisition of desertified/destroyed/clearcut land and settling it with stewardship.


Solving pressing world issues is noble work. Here is a list of prizes that honors such work.

  1. Berggruen Prize
  2. Right Livelihood Award
  3. Nobel Peace Prize

Other Viewpoints of a Better Future

  • WEF prediction - [1]

OSE Culture

OSE asks in its day-to-day - Are you solving your own problems, or are you helping others solve their problems? The correct answer is that by helping others solve their problems, you are also solving your own. Ie - altruism is ambitious.