We are starting biweekly OSE Global Conference Calls – beginning Wednesday, October, 14, at 11:00 AM GMT-6 (Central USA time zone). Why? Because we are nearing critical decision forks in this open source project. Read on.
These are exciting times as we near product release for the high-performance, open source, Compressed Earch Brick (CEB) press. Just as a heads up, we’re getting interviewed by Time Magazine next Tuesday, and we have a 2 hour interview with the Venus Project next Monday night, which has quite a global following in the form of the Zeitgeist Movement.
Along the lines of Product Release – we will be releasing CEB Press Beta Version 1.0 – with as much development as we can accomplish by November 1, 2009. This was a long, winding path since the initial prototype release of The Liberator. At this point, we’ll follow the ‘publish early and often’ philosophy of open source – with respect to our hardware release. The Liberator will evolve constantly, and we expect that a stable, optimized version will take another year or two to develop. A stable version is just a matter of time-proven performance – which happens only after machines are being used in the field for an extended period of time.
Beta Version 1.0 of The Liberator will include at the minimum:
- 5 block per minute production capacity
- Field testing completed with Atuomatic Controls, Soil Pulverizer, Slurry Mixer, Power Cube, and Mud Shooter
- Initial publication of an Open Business Model
The supporing product ecology for The Liberator Beta 1.0 release of Nov. 1 to date includes:
- Power Cube for 10 GPM of hydraulic fluid power at 2500 PSI – Prototype I tested
- LifeTrac with Soil Pulverizer – Prototype I, tested
- Slurry mixer for 100 gallon-scake mortar and plaster mixing – Prototype I, in testing stage
- Pneumatic mud shooter for plaster application in wall finishing – Prototype I, in testing stage
- Modular, Arduino-based, hydraulic controller – can be used with CEB machine or automation of other hydraulic devices – Prototype I, in testing stage
Our business model focuses on
- Open source
- Lifetime design
- Resource based economy creation
- Distributive economics – Open Business Model (OBM)
The last point is critical. If we are interested in transformative enterprise, then it is in our interest to disseminate the enterprise opportunity to as many people as possible – worldwise. This means that we can capture value in two ways: (1) production in-house; (2) enterprise replication services via an OBM.
The OBM is extremely interesting from the standpoint of post-scarcity, resource-based economy creation. We plan on not only producing machines, but producing people who produce machines. There is huge value in that, and it is the implementation of ‘Jeffersonian democracy’ of distributive economics. The OBM involves providing all the technical information, sourcing, economic and ergonoimic analysis, workflow design, training, capitalization assistance, and other technical details which makes enterprise replication feasible. This is largely uncharted territory, and we plan on approaching it on a contract basis – just like we’re inviting Dedicated Project Visits on a contract basis.
Thus, we are proposing the first of our regular, biweekly conference calls. In the first one on October 14, we will discuss critical issues related to product release:
- General strategic planning
- Marketing strategy
- PR strategy
- Open Source Business Model
- Open Source Documenation Requirements
- Developing production capacity
- Increasing investment in the project, acceleration of general R&D effort for the GVCS
- Fabricator training, workshops
- Prioritizing product ecologies under development
- Developing a community of developers and supporters
Each of these topics can lead to lenghy discussion, so here is our general Conference Call Policy
- This is an action-oriented discussion. Participants make suggestions only on items that they are willing to take action upon. This is a remedy for lengthy discussion that leads to no action. We have found in our experience that the nature of discussion changes dramatically when the speaker is allowed to discuss only itmes that s/he can commit to doing.
- RSVP to opensourceecology at gmail dot com if you are interestes in participating in the conference call. We will give you the details for participating. In your email, please state clearly how you can contribute to the discussion. We will email the participants before the conference call with the agenda and list of participants.