We need to take this P2P economy seriously.
As international boundaries begin to crumble, local and bioregional economies take over. People learn from torrents, not mass media. People want to give more and more things away. Open source is already real for information. Information is the new oil field of the 21st century. The last frontier is permafacture: open source technology for sustainable living; digital fabrication; breakthrough economic systems;lifetime design and design-for-disassembly. Absolute scaleability. Absolute replicability. Mainstreamability.
That’s a peek into the future. Today at Factor e, we’re focusing on the Open Source Product Development Cycle, which can be scaled and paralleled, for accelerated development of OS tech. First 3 test cases are CEB, Solar Turbine, and advanced Sawmill. Testing the waters. If we can raise $3k/month, that cranks out the 9 products by year-end. If this mechanism can scale or parallel, then we can crank out products on a weekly basis. That would be a technology development pipeline, and substance for a world-class research and development facility for the open source economy.