OSCEDAYS 2018 CALL FOR LOCAL ORGANIZERS & CALL FOR CONTENT
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Hi Lars, It's written too dark. Contemporary eco-psychologists warn against using narratives that are too dystopian - it disengages people. So we have to present in a different language. I've rewritten the first part of it for everyone's review.
We all know that our human civilization is confronted with enormous challenges at this moment [LINK 1]. At the same time, these challenges are anything but new. We have been warned for many decades [LINK 2, 3, 4] but not enough of us have not taken these warnings seriously, until now. We are just beginning to approach the knee of the exponential curve of human impacts. Ironically, these challenges are the direct result of the breathtaking pace of human progress. Climate change is affecting every aspect of civilization [LINK 5]; resource shortages from food to freshwater, to forests are accelerating [LINK 6]; we are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction[LINK 7]; and record breaking inequality and political instability is both a consequence and feedback to ecological degradation.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, but expecting a different result. We know that the path we are on is completely unsustainable. There is a short time window for an enormous change to take place. Are we up to the task of fundamentally retooling our society and economy? We need to find ways that empower individuals who can collectively, make the scale of change required.
Open Source is a transparent, distributed, collaborative methodology that could only emerge with the accessible, global network made possible by the internet. Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is at the heart of some of the world's biggest software systems, proving the viability of Open Source. OSCEdays sees the potential of Open Source (OS) to break out of the software world to transform the rest of the nonvirtual, brick-and-mortar world as well. Though still in its infancy, we firmly believe that Open Source Circular Economy (OSCE) design methodology offers the most rapid and transformative pathway [LINK MISSION STATEMENT] to democratizing the production of goods and services to create a truly ecological ‘circular’ economy [LINK CE DEFINITION] that can meet humanities present and future needs while implementing doughnut economics that stays within planetary boundaries.
Those experienced in social development know that behavioral change is the most difficult aspect of any project. The kind of collaboration required for a scale change does not yet exist. The tools and processes to unleash this new kind of radical collaboration don't exist yet. Most tools are still part and parcel of the old capitalist paradigm. Outside of the proven success of FOSS, brick-and-mortar systems are still very immature. But we must always remember that every successful movement began with an idea shared by a handful of dedicated dreamers. Everything that is anything first began with tinkering and prototyping. The multi-trillion dollar semiconductor industry and software industry, began with a handful of such experimenters, playing and dreaming in their garage.
Inventors of the past did not know how successful we, as a species would become. So they designed everything to fit perfectly in a linear, take-make-waste system. Externality of waste (and social impacts) was believed to be acceptable when there were only a few of us and the earth could absorb our pollution load. Our very success has outdated all of these linear systems. Pollution levels now threaten the stability of biophysical systems. We have no choice but to adapt and rapidly reinvent all our systems, eliminating externality through circularization [LINK POSTER] – creating circular economies. Open source tools and resources are necessary to reverse centuries of ecological and social externalization, [LINK SOLUTIONS]. And we need to create them as Open Source businesses – as platforms [LINK BUSINESS MODELS] – that benefit from openness and build their growth and impact on it. [LINK JAIMES ARTICLE]
So once again, we invite you to join us for our annual event, to switch on your brains and creativity, bring your optimism and zest for life, so that together, we can imagine and build a positive future. Activate your community and join together with other communities across the globe to collectively building an Open Source Circular Economy.
Here is a Guide for Participation: