[Published] – Call For Cities 2018


#1

###UPDATE:

The Call is Up And Published On The Website.


hey. I started to write the call for cities for the 2018 event. I think this year I’d like to put motivational bits on top. Here is a first draft. It would be great to have this part in good English (without making it too long). If you are a native speaker it would be great if you help to improve the English writing. Post is a wiki.


OSCEDAYS 2018 CALL FOR LOCAL ORGANIZERS & CALL FOR CONTENT


– W H Y –

Planet Earth is doomed [LINK 1]. And although so many people knew [LINK 2, 3, 4] about upcoming problems no change was made. Climate change is marching [LINK 5]. Resource shortages start to pop up [LINK 6]. Species extinction is faster than ever before [LINK 7]! And the current rise of fascist movements in some parts of the world are a first glimpse of what happens when people get scared because things change too quickly.

It is clear – you can’t solve problems with the same systems that created it. For humanity and it’s economy this means we need to change the way we collaborate with each other.

Open Source is a collaboration methodology based on transparency and in favour of distributed collaboration that arose with the internet. It is argued by the OSCEdays that this the most promising path [LINK MISSION STATEMENT] to develop the collaboration patterns, products and services for a truly ecological ‘circular’ economy [LINK CE DEFINITION] that can supply humanity without turning the planet into a death zone for the majority of life on it.

But making change to behaviours such as collaboration is very hard. Especially when the tools and processes that we need to replace are developed that strongly and embedded so deeply in our society. It’s true. Outside of software Open Source (or other transparency and openness based models) are not as well developed. Yet! Let’s create more experiments, let’s have more fails, learn from them and make progress! Open Source is something we all can do and start to develop, right now.

We need to reinvent most of our systems and products to make them circular [LINK POSTER] – make them a part of a sustainable ecological economy. And we need to do that using open source tools and open source resources [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 we invite you again this year, to turn on your brains and creativity, turn on your optimism and lust for life, fight for a positive future vision: activate your community and start to look with us and others across the globe into exploring an open source circular economy.

Here is a Guide for Participation:

– H O W –

[I will add the technical stuff later]

LINK 1 Growth: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/out-of-eden-walk/galleries/2015-03-trajectory-anthropocene-great-acceleration/

LINK 2 Limits To Growth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Limits_to_Growth

LINK 3 Silent Spring: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Spring

LINK 4 Climate Change: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_climate_change_science#Scientists_increasingly_predict_warming,_1970s

LINK 5 Nasa: https://climate.nasa.gov/

LINK 6 China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_Earths_Trade_Dispute

LINK 7 Species: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/20/selective-blindness-lethal-natural-world-open-eyes-environment-ecosystem / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollinator_decline

ping @BoST


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#2

OSCEDAYS 2018 CALL FOR LOCAL ORGANIZERS & CALL FOR CONTENT


– W H Y –

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:


#3

Good point Gien. Less dark might be good. :japanese_goblin:

But your new version is way too long to put it in front of a participation guide. (Mine already was.)

I’ll see if I can find a way to make it shorter. Much shorter.


#4

Go for it. Seigo, Silvia and Sharon can review and shorten too.


#5

Ok. here is a new draft. Much shorter! I used a lot of your writing. But since it is much shorter now some parts are completely rewritten.


OSCEDAYS 2018 CALL FOR LOCAL ORGANIZERS & CALL FOR CONTENT

Set up a local event and connect to a global community developing open source circularity! Learn why and how?

Why?

‘Planet earth is doomed’. Although we knew about upcoming problems for a long time only little change was achieved so far. Climate change progresses, resource shortages accelerate, species extinction continues; and the current rise of fascism in some parts of the world give a first impression how people react when they are scared because things change to quickly to the worse.

You can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created it. We need new forms of collaboration and production to create a civilization with a future worth living in.

Open Source is a transparent, distributed, collaborative methodology made possible by the internet. Though still in its infancy outside of software, we firmly believe that Open Source offers the most rapid and transformative pathway [LINK MISSION STATEMENT] to create a truly ecological ‘circular’ economy [LINK CE DEFINITION] that can meet humanities needs while staying within planetary boundaries [LINK PB] and enabling all life forms on earth.

But creating change in behaviour isn’t easy. The collaborative tools and processes that created our current problems are highly effective, sophisticated and deeply embedded in our world. Open Source on the other hand is in most areas still an unsolved riddle. Let’s experiment! Let’s build upon existing Open Source Circularity solutions [LINK SOLUTIONS] and create more of them. First steps are made and projects and business show us the potential of openness and the ecosystem thinking that goes with it [LINK JAIME ARTICLE]. And you can start with Openness and Circularity right now.

So again we invite you to join us for our global event. Switch on your brains and creativity, activate your optimism and zest for life. Invite your local community and let’s together imagine and build a positive future.

Here is a Guide for Participation:

[I will add the technical stuff later]