It sounds like a good idea, Johnny
OSCE Days has established enough of a track record, a reputation currency that members can leverage to plan co-events that BoST consent to partnering with in some way. In fact, I am planning to propose something very similar with the Well Being Economy Festival (WEF) that I am co-organizing for Nov 2017 at the new Future Africa Campus so it may be good for us to share notes as we do this.
I will soon be uploading 4 projects to the OSCE Days platform and open them as year round projects:
- modular, reconfigurable furniture
- scrap metal battery with super-capacitor recharge rates (based on U of Vanderbilt research paper)
- low cost wind turbine
- water harvesting technology
We will use the Open Source Circular Ecohome as the test bed for all of these, but collaborate with science centres and university research students, beginning with local science centres. We’ve already had exploratory talks and they are keen on the idea.
Feb will be formalizing the strategy and in Mar, we pitch to the science centres and universities. If they like it, then Apr and May can be to get resources to set it up and June we can begin Citizen Science, Engineering and Tech (C-SET) collaborations. This will be a new kind of open source, citizen-based way to co-develop technology that is based more upon human resource than upon capital. This is nice timing to coincide with OSCEDays event and then after OSCEDays event, we continue working for another 4 months and hopefully will have mature technology to present at WEF in Nov 2017.
I just met with African Circular Economy network an hour ago to pitch the WEF to them and they like the idea. The idea of WEF is that each person on steering committee can invite participation of organizations, who will each run their own event which links up to the bigger theme of Well Being. For example, Prof Alan Brent is on our steering committee and he will be bringing the Innovation for Sustainable Development to merge with our event as well. In addition to the main presentation of a Well Being Economy framework by Lorenzo and his researchers, we will have synergistic networking events between the various organization events.
So whether it’s Johnny’s concept for a Ouishare type event or my concept for WEF, OSCE Days can expand its reputation and reach by these kinds of synergistic partnerships. In fact, we can leverage this network of events…we can bring development of technologies on the OSCEDays platform to various co-events we are engaged in. So as an example, all the stuff I am doing and showing at WEF 2017 can potentially port over to the 2018 Ouishare event, if it makes sense. It’s progressive so more development will have been done on the tech by the time it reaches that event…ie…could have established local manufacturing by then.