I am creating right now a little video series and written resources about “Open Source Business Models For Circular Economy.” All in all it will be 60 minutes of video. I am pretty excited about it. If I manage to create something good it might really help us to get the community to make progress. And if so, i would like to really communicate the tool and resource through all our channels.
Anyway, I am part of the @BoST and therefore my statements could be seen as “official OSCEdays” statements. And in this video series is one more “political bit” - next to a ton of normal “unproblematic” bits.
I want to back check the bit with you. I could add a strong comment that this part expresses my personal views and is NOT official OSCEdays. If you think I should. Although I don’t think it is necessary. I really don’t. It is really not problematic. But still I have the feeling I should check with you.
Here is the bit:
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#THINGS YOU CAN STILL OWN!
And while I am on some more “political” things. I’d like to share another thought with you I find important.
Open Source will allow us to have a Circular Economy where we can still OWN our stuff!
In the Circular Economy videos and articles published by big corporates you often hear the idea, that for the circular economy we need to change our relationship to ownership.
They tell you, you will not own your washing machine anymore, or your furniture, or your phone, or your clothes! There might be a washing machine in your home but it is not owned by you but by a big company. They don’t sell you the washing machine. They just sell you washes. Or they don’t sell you the phone, they just sell you calls. Or you don’t even have a washing machine in your house. Because they wash it for you and sell you clean laundry.
I agree that this model can make sense. To some extend.
But it makes especially sense for some big companies. Because it is the only way they can talk about a Circular Economy without having to talk about Open Source. If they own the stuff in your house they can go on with closed source business as usual.
Because when they own the washing machine they can make sure it ends up in their factory. They know how to repair, refurbish or recycle it. And they do it, behind closed walls! No need to enable the outside world to repair, refurbish or recycle.
But the more you think about this the more it looks like a scary vision for our future. There is this famous saying about the “Internet of Things”: “There is no ‘internet of things’. Only ‘other peoples computers and sensors in your home.’” And with this ownership free vision of a circular economy there is other peoples objects and machines in your home!
They control the things in your house and therefore, a little bit, your life. You depend on how they want to run their machines, in your house. And they will limit the actions you can do with it.
Cory Doctorow tells this hypothetical story of a prosthetic leg that is connected to the internet things. And when you can’t pay your bills for the leg anymore the leg walks you back to the factory it came from. [LINK – the upcoming war on general computing]
And one of the limitations is of course, that they want to make sure, that the machine – and with it all the valuable materials inside – will get back to them. So they can do new things with them. But noone else.
This has a little conspiracy theory drive to it. But advocating for a change of ownership, can be described as a strategy of big internationals to maintain power and control over materials, how they float around the globe and how they are (re)used. And this extends to, that they need to control what is happening in your house!
Compare this to a machine you own. This is a machine you can use in every way you see fit: You can hack it, repair it, repurpose it, sell it and so on. And if you are broke, noone comes to your house and takes it away. It is yours!
Open Soure is a way to have a washing machine, that is circular, and you can still own! Because with Open Source collaboration everyone repair, reuse, refurbish or recycle it. Pick the company you like! Hire whom you see fit, to repair it. And sell it, to whom you see fit, when you think it is about time.
Open Source is a way to own and control what the devices in your life do. And it is a way to own your things physically in a Circular Economy.
We live in the early internet days and delivering a complex message is difficult. But I want to make sure, you understand: I don’t say that leasing, renting or sharing are necessarily bad. On the contrary. But it could be something bad if there is no alternative when we want to have a circular economy. And I offer you the option to think, the alternative might be Open Source!
Ownership is something good. Because it entails freedom. And I want to live in a free society! And I think companies can contribute to that a lot.
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Ok. With this a bit political bits I end this video Number 3. It was mostly about open platforms. I explained Wordpress and Arduino and also a bit the Berlin Grid. With this now we have all core ideas together I wanted you to understand before we dive into the tool:
The Platform Design Flowchart. Version number 0.2. Zero Point Two.
This tool is supposed to help you to reinvent or rediscover your project, product, service or company as a potential open source business!
The next video Number 4 starts with an introduction to the tool.
And don’t forget, you can find all kinds of visual and written resources for this video by following one of this links.
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