I think it's good idea and can help get OSCE designs out in the world but fundamentally and from a whole system perspective, I would say it's not going to be an out-the-box model for disruptive change because any kind of global webshop is based on the premise of wealth concentration. That is, if one person comes up with a fantastic OSCE Design and advertises it for sale on the OSCE Shop, and a million people want it from all over the world. What does that do? Certainly it gets the OSCE designs out there, which is a great thing. But it's still entrapped in the old wealth concentrating paradigm so it sends all the capital to one innovator. It also supports the global supply chains, with all the high carbon and resource consuming global shipping. If we are going to get out of this paradigm, we have to start somewhere. If we start off with it right off the bat and it becomes successful, then we are going to have to break away from it later on when we realize that it is intrinsically part of the problem.
The model that we have been developing at SRG is based on Jose Ramos / Michel Bauwen's idea of Cosmo-localization of "know global, fabricate local". Open Source designs reach their full potential for equalizing wealth by sharing on the web so that any local producer can take the design and manufacture with it. Then instead of a million people buying from one supplier on OSCE Shop, we might have 10,000 producers around the globe using the same design and manufacturing the product locally. This avoids the global supply chain which is inherently polluting and localizes production for the benefit of 10,000 commuity producers. Of course there are tradeoffs because to now we are talking about 10,000 local plants instead of one big central plant. But if the plants themselves are small scale and are designed for circular manufacturing and supply chains, then the impact can be the same. Pervasive 3D printing technology is a perfect example of the "know global, fabricate local" philosophy. But many things can be done this way.
Of course there are other factors involved as well. In developing countries there may not be the resources or supply chains to make it easy to produce locally. I'm just speaking generally.
This is what I intend to do with all the tech that I design and produce here. I plan to make all the OSCE designs available to everyone but I'm going to open a local manufacturing facility that is part of the innovation community I am building in Cape Town and I won't ship product outside of Cape Town. If there is demand for it outside of Cape Town, then I will gladly share design expertise to help someone ramp up local circular manufacturing where they are. Somebody has to take the risk though. That risk is minimized if they already have the knowledge that it succeeded in my local market. I intend to do this across South Africa and Africa as well. The strategy is to work with young African university graduates who come from marginalized communities and help shape them into the local economy champion in their community. We help them set up manufacturing cooperatives in their community and they then produce all these technologies locally in their own community and for their own community. For Africa at least, that is the most disruptive and fastest way we can think of to create significant large scale and disruptive economic (and ecological) change in a short time. I don't see why it wouldn't work elsewhere too.
I am just sharing so that we all realize the bigger picture before we make any decisions. As long as we are well informed, we will make the best decision.