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Supercooperators have 8 specific aspects of collaboration technical, economic, educational, social, psychological, :

  • Working Openly by publishing their ongoing work logs and diaries online or publically for anyone to see. This could be wikis, Twitter, Medium, etc.
  • Teaching others. They are fundamentally teachers, either directly, and publish important information. Openly disseminate their information as open access, such as public websites, open access journals, etc.
  • They share economically, ie, publish economically significant information online, such as product designs and blueprints, enterprise models, testing and performance data, etc. dat
  • They believe that collaborating produces better results by aligning incentives, as opposed to competing. They engage in efficient work, ie, free from competitive waste.
  • Technical skill. They know how to use open tools for collaboration, such as open source CAD, open source software, wikis, cloud editable docs, online repositories with version histories, git, etc.
  • They contribute to open repositories of design of information, such as Wikipedia, public part libraries such as found on the OSE wiki, etc.
  • Curiosity. They approach problems psychologically with curiosity, not judgment or fear.
  • They know how to negotiate with others, create win-win situations, never split the difference, and hold others to the same standard.
  • Infinite Possibility. They are open to continuous learning, never saying that they know everything about something.
  • They understand that "we're all in it together", thus feel a connection to all others and to nature that sustains us.


Seminal book on SuperCooperators - [1]

OSE Context

For OSE's purposes, supercooperators are individuals or organizations who work on personal and political transformation - who promote radical open source and Useful Source of information, especially towards the goals of free and open enterprise. OSE-spec Supercooperators are:

  1. Integrated Humans - because without a drive for growth on all levels, one is not able to cooperate fully
  2. Open Source Culture advocates - those who see Open Source not only as practical, but also as philosophically sound.
  3. Strong Internally - inner strength allows them to filter the noise to see that there is benefit to pursuing the greater good.
  4. Systems Thinkers - those who see sufficient connection between disciplines and endeavors to envision higher benefit from open cooperation rather than a disciplinary approach
  5. Independent and Self Sufficient - because they are self-sufficient, they can engage more effectively with others - never compromised by dependence, need, or insecurity

There is a high likelihood of finding supercooperators if they are already doing related work for a living - when it is synergistic. If it's a hobby, it can end at any time. If it's livelihood - it continues.

OSE Case + Supercooperators Candidates

OSE is identifying Supercooperators. Specifically, we shift this definition to those who are interested in developing for the concept of the Open Source Everything Store: a repository of products with collaboratively-developed, open source production infrastructure. This implies that participants would use identical production engineering, thus allowing for Distributed Quality Control. We include acceptance of Economic Significance as an outcome of collaboration because ultimately, sharing economic prowess is the most profound form of sharing. That is, we can be nice until we hit scarcity conditions. Thus, the enlightened collaborator pursues mutually-assured abundance - proactively. If the deepest form of sharing is where we share economically - then in the digital age, that means collaborating on open source product design. This means elimination of Competitive Waste, while being aware of the possibility of Collaborative Waste.

Requirements for subject of supercooperation:

  1. Scope is everything under the sun, prioritized as common, large market consumable goods or durable goods, similar to the OSE Product Selection Metric. This means that it's not about inventing new products, but making the production of current products more sustainable or regenerative.
  2. Entry barriers are low, for both developed and developing nations. This means that the package involves sufficient Technological Recursion of productive machines to the point that these can be build from abundant resources anywhere (such as waste plastic or scrap steel).
  3. Common production tools, such that the same production protocols can be used. Same software as well. This implies using 100% open source toolchains.
  4. We follow a Construction Set Approach, Module-Based Design, and design for Scalability of all products. We also do Design-for-Repair and Design-for-Disassembly, which if combined with modularity, facilitates Lifetime Design and the Circular Economy.

See Also/Merge With


  • Cloud Country - [2]