Hi @mingness . Thanks for the question.
What is OSCE? Yes! OSCE is first of all a theoretical or even philosophical question. It invites to combine two fuzzy – meaning not very well defined by reality – concepts (outside of Software this is true for Open Source too). This results into a fuzzy or very broad world of thinking. And this means many answers can be given to the question.
And this is one of the answers already: OSCE is about finding answers what OSCE is.
But here is another one. We want to combine CE with OS? What is …
When we are talking about a Circular Economy - a waste free world of non-toxic products and services we are asking for new technologies and solutions. A variety of fitting technologies are already insight. Some are just interesting ideas.
Today I was at a good exhibition. There were works shown at the edge between art/concept and real engineering. Here are four works shown there:
- musical instruments with plants in them that can filter and neutralize toxic waste - creating valuable materials.
- A software to scan scrap parts from construction sides that will create a model for a new house or structure exactly with the scrap parts that are available. You don't have to recycle. You can reuse.
- Bricks that aren't burned in an energy consuming oven but harden by bacterias.
- The free universal construction kit was also shown there. http://fffff.at/free-universal-construction-kit/
So solutions or ideas interesting to explore for a Circular Economy.
Those technologies need to be better developed and spread across the globe and industries. And the question is: Could Open Source not be the perfect way for that:
Open Source is a collaboration and development model based on transparency. It is about ecosystems. And about synergies, enabling creativity and make faster innovation.
All of this is needed for the CE.
In order to make our now linear economy circular we also have to change the collaboration techniques we use. How to get out of the silos and make connections between them. Often people start to talk about transparency. More transparency is needed. And Open Source is a way to go with transparency.
If we develop solutions like the ones mentioned above the Open Source way - will they also change their nature. Will they be solutions that work in open ecosystems - and therefor really supporting CE?
So this is the question of the OSCEdays and its call to action: Let's develop some cool circular solutions and let's do it the Open Source way.
And by that we might actually invent a working CE and sustainable economy.