White Paper on Open Collaboration

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Open Source Product Development has the potential to produce a historic transfer of wealth from fincance capital to production. Specifically, we propose Open Source Microfactories or Open Source Fab Labs as the production mechanism, based on global repositories of open source design. The distribution model is industrial productivity on a small scale and $100/hr revenue rate for owner-operator businesses, thereby requiring 25% effort to provide a guaranteed basic income at $4k/month (2 hours of work per day, no more). The assumption is that collaborative development is better, faster, stronger than proprietary development, and that it will result in robust supply chains and Circular Economies. This paper discusses the blocks to the deployment of such an economic paradigm. Specifically, what problem do we need to solve for to make wide collaboration possible? To answer this question, we gather 2000 of the top super-cooperators in the world to deploy the Open Source Microfactory within 12 months, and report on the results of an experiment dedicated to solving the recruitment challenges of such a team.

Big Picture

The title of this work is Open Collaboration. Collaboration can refer to many things, but when taken from the perspective of addressing pressing world issues, collaboration must refer to collaboration on economic development. Economic development is taken in a broad sense - as the economy - or house-keeping - of the earth. This economy has significant flaws. Namely, the 2 critical unresolved issues of distribution and environmental degradation - as evidenced by continuing ecocide and a 0.7 Gini Coefficient - must be addressed.


OSE has already developed collaborative, Open Source Product Development Techniqeus by using Toolchain Degeneracy and Module-Based Design, coupled with techniques of Extreme Manufacturing. Specifically, 24 Hour Collaboration Architectures and Incentive Challenges are based on proven techniques for rapid, crowd-based development [1]. Linux has demonstrated large scale collaboration via repositories and version control of modular code [2], and similar techniques can be potentially applied to hardware development. 2016 has seen the emergence of usaful open source CAD, and combined with Merge Workflow and Part Libraries on a wiki, allows for open source hardware development to scale to thousands of people working concurrently and in real-time. Development Templates and Enterprise Development Templates now formalize this process, which can now be applied to projects of any complexity whatsoever.

Given the technical feasibility of large-scale hardware development, we ask how we can mainstream such a model effectively, based on its Distributive Enteprise merit. How widely is this concept recognized? If someone is exposed to the concept, what stands in the way of buy-in? What is the critical problem that we must solve for in order to get buy-in to collaborative, open source product development in the world of entrepreneurship? Does this new model transform the economy as we know it?


1 year to gather people. 1 year to build via an incentive challenge format. 1 month pre-experiment for a 3D printed electric motor.

The Open Source Microfactory

For industrial productivity on a small scale, a microfactory with critical production machines is required. The critical machines are:

  1. 3D printers in plastic and metal with high temperature build chamber, 200kg/day production rate. See Welder Deposition Rate.
  2. Laser cutter, CO2.
  3. Plastic recycling to produce 3D printing filament from waste
  4. CNC torch table
  5. Industrial robotic arm for welding
  6. Quick exchange tool heads
  7. CNC Screw machine
  8. Induction furnace and metal rolling, alloying, and wire drawing
  9. Ball bearing grinder
  10. Ironworker

Asking the Right Question

  1. Why do people not collaborate on open source product development, if clearly the benefit is growing the pie for everybody?

Is that even the right question to ask? Maybe, why do people think they are collaborating, but are not really?

MJ Case

I had some breakthroughs on collaboration through coaching, in 2019. I got away from how do I have to do it, to how do we do it. Psychologically, the burden of Jesus lifts by saying this. It's enabled by full commitment to the answer, letting go of ego, and being vulnerable to saying that WE can do it, and that is based on full acceptance of post-scarcity thinking in that I believe firmly that there is more than enough for everybody. This is very logical from first principles, where absolutely no case can be made for scarcity, even if the population rises from few billion to one one trillion (I don't advocate that).


Let's start by surveying various people as to why they don't collaborate. Say they are working on projects. And they have the option to work with others. Do they look forward to it? What are the blocks?


Let's list a few, and see if we can narrow it down to a few key ones.

  1. Lack of clarity, experience, or execution ability on management.
  2. I am already collaborating
  3. My work is already open source.
  4. I can get more done myself. Real answer is: I don't know what protocols can be used for wider collaborative dev.
  5. It takes too much organizational effort
  6. My ego is too big
  7. I am too greedy
  8. I don't know how to work with people
  9. I am shy
  10. I am a superstar, I don't need anyone else
  11. I have a pet project, and I don't care about solving larger issues
  12. My issue is superimportant, there is nothing more important than it.