In Open Source Ecology they are developing machines for free use that can be manufactured for much less money than commercial ones (between 5 and 10 times cheaper), sharing designs online for free. The goal of Open Source Ecology is to create a free economy – an efficient economy that increases innovation through the collaboration of the entire community.
Open Source Ecology (OSE) is a movement founded in the United States by Marcin Jakubowski, whose objective is to create, through the involvement of different actors from the world of production (entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, farmers and activists), a network of knowledge that gives rise to an “open source economy”.
In essence, the aim is to share, worldwide, both technical know-how and manufacturing methods or even machine and product projects in order to allow the free use of all without copyright.
Anyone can make improvements and, in turn, share them in a never-ending process. In this way it is possible to embark on an important path towards environmental and economic sustainability, since the production system is freed from monopolies and confidentiality restrictions that hinder, among other things, the ecological evolution of production and products. .
Whoever discovers a new process, a new product or a new machine and wants to join the Free Software Ecology, instead of working to protect their own exclusive invention with trademarks and patents, releases their contents on the web, allowing others to make full use them and make possible improvements that, in turn, must be shared in an infinite chain.
The benefits of this practice do not consist in the sale of the rights of use or in the exclusivity of the production that, in fact, block the project for a long time, but in the exchange of knowledge and the fact that the creators can dispose of of a huge network, distributed all over the world, of “collaborators”.
Most of the benefits of this practice can be both economic and ecological. The first is because progressive improvements always seek to reduce production costs and increase efficiency and rationality in the use of resources. The ecological ones, directly related to the first ones, also move in the ethical dimension to ensure that the machines and products have, in general, the least impact on the environment.
Open Source Ecology is not a novelty, but is the result of other famous open source practices, already well established and operational. In the field of information technology, for example, the famous operating system is Linux or WordPress, which operates in the field of website design. In the field of culture, on the other hand, the free encyclopedia Wikipedia is famous. All the tools that, in some way, have been able to make a very important contribution both to the economy and to the development and progress of society. Since you work in the field of informatics and culture, why shouldn’t you also work in the technical field?
More information: www.opensourceecology.org