Creating OSE Community in Germany

Paradigms are shifting and new practical solutions are needed. This year we want to start an Open Source Ecology (OSE) community in Germany and we are looking for a Dedicated Team to make this happen.

The people involved in the project will be sharing openly and for free economically significant information. We want to open source the ecology of the environmental, societal and technological systems so that we contribute directly to the creation of an open source economy – an economy that optimizes both production and distribution, while providing environmental regeneration and social justice.

We start with the technology needed for the creation of a small scale civilization with modern comforts – the Global Village Construction Set and other relevant tools. From tractors, wind turbines to cars. Every technology will be developed with values like modularity, simplicity, lifetime design, low-cost, closed loop manufacturing, Do-It-Yourself, flexible fabrication and high performance. We want to open source the whole lifecycle of each technology – from its parts sourcing, fabrication, use, maintain and repair to its reuse and recycle. We will open source also our ecological food production, housing, workshop constructions and business models – our complete economy. All this economically signicant information will be saved digitally on the Internet as text, manufacturing files, pictures and videos so that we distribute it not only to our current generation, but to all other future generations on Earth – who can use it and build upon it! We are looking for the pioneers to join us in this endeavor!

Our first main goal is to establish the initial Development Team dedicated to create the community in 2012. The Development Team is open to everyone who works on the creation of the community and has a specific group of people, the Core Team, who will start up and develop the community no matter where or how. We would need help with all areas of community creation and development: organization, communication, land search, ecological housing and workshop architecture and construction, fabrication, engineering, mechatronics, permaculture and organic farming, business, law, social, financial etc.

We have laid out an initial Roadmap. In January we will connect with a lot of people and learn about each other and the possibilities to start the community. Visits are planned in Frankfurt and Berlin. The Roadmap will be expanded and become more concrete as we grow.

Why Germany? The people in Germany can and will play a vital role in the OSE development in Europe and the world. In Germany there are very good engineers, most people are well financially and here is one of the best sustainability and open source cultures in the world. It is a perfect place to start an OSE community.

You can help us full-time, part-time or however you can. Let’s connect and learn about each other:

  • for direct contact send email to Nikolay: nikolay.h.georgiev (at) gmail [dot] com
  • to write to everyone involved use this Google Group (Email is: ose-germany (at) googlegroups [dot] com). Alternative to Google is the OSE Europe forum for Germany.

For more info about OSE watch the TED Talk and read the Open Source Ecology Paradigm.

Please spread this call to your friends and people who may be interested. Thank you!

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OSE Germany Status 10.09.2012

Mistakes, Association, OSEG Board

It is long-time since our last report. We made few mistakes. Our major mistake and obstacle is that we are still very few people working on the active tasks. Our goals are too important and impossible to be carried out by just 4-5 people, most of whom are working only in their free time. We need to find more people and liberate the time of the people who are contributing most to the project. This is the case with the wind turbine and with the creation of the association, where I and Thomas spent about 4 weeks to clear out what is an association in Germany, how it works, how can we do it in the open way we want it, legally, and write the constitution. If we had professional support we could squeeze this time to 1 week! Currently we still need a professional lawyer to give us feedback on the constitution. If you know somebody let’s connect.

Another mistake we made was that in some cases we didn’t act on our priorities. To fix that we created the OSEG Board where we show all the areas we are working on, like publicity, organizational development and so on, and their corresponding priorities, tasks to be done and tasks done. You can see the OSEG Board in the Wiki. It is still under development but the major functionalities are there.

Wind Turbine

  • Achmed is preparing the technical infrastructure and software like OpenCL for simulating highly complex flow systems.
  • We still need support on the development of the microcontroller.
  • We plan to start fundraising for the wind turbine. We are looking for a fundraiser, who understands the Open Source Economy, has the same values and wants to make long-term sustainable solutions a reality. Any connections to such people would help us immensely. This week we will improve the communication and website for that.
  • Another effective help for the fundraising would be an already existing association which can receive the donations for us and give them further to the project.

Zn/O Fuel Cell
Oliver Schlüter started a new project – Zinc-Air Cell and a ZnO-Recycler – for long-term energy storage. It would be great if more co-developers join the project. You can find the current roadmap and work in the Wiki.

OpenEcoLab Munich
We really need more people to start an OpenEcoLab in Munich.

We often need some IT work in the Wiki, WordPress, PHP, Javascript and CSS development. It would help us a lot if there are some people to give us a hand here.

We improved our communication on the Open Source Economy and our Values in the Wiki. This week we will concentrate on communicating Why we care about this work and what are the implications. In my speech at the KarmaKonsum conference I communicated mostly about What we are doing, thinking that people can understand the reasons and implications, but then I got the feedback that this wasn’t the case and this week I will spend more time on that.

This will be also my preparation for the Transition Towns conference from 21-23. September in Witzenhausen, Germany. Transition Towns are open network where people self-organize in the cities and towns to localize the economy. Goals very similar like ours and we will be working together. You can support the Transition movement by donating here.

Wish you all fruitful work!

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Workshop for the first OpenEcoLab in Munich

The OpenEcoLan Munich is the first free Workshop of Open Source Ecology Germany (OSEG). OpenEcoLabs are like FabLabs, community operated workshops in which Research & Development of Open Source Hardware and Machines is possible. In this way we adapt and live the Open Source Culture in the real world. Through the different OSEG projects, developed decentralized and on site in the OpenEcoLabs, we are creating step by step an Open Source Economy, an economy that optimizes both the production and distribution of goods, machines and hardware, while providing environmental regeneration and social justice.

Everyone is warmly welcome to participate in the OpenEcoLab’s projcets or to start their own Open Source projects in the workshop. Most importantly is always to have fun and the motivation to do something good and meaningful. Especially engineers and hackers from Munich are warmly welcome to visit the OpenEcoLab. We believe you will be inspired! 🙂

Search Criteria

Currently we are searching for an appropriate place with a workshop. Our search criteria are:

  • It should be in or near Munich – best would on a (small) farm
  • It should be easily reachable by S-Bahn/Bus/U-Bahn, best would be to the north of Munich
  • It should have a big workshop (100qm+ hall would be great)
  • If there is a land nearby that could be used by us and that could be cultivated or to place a trailer: Outstanding!
  • A stream would be great, groundwater and well would be awesome
  • Strong power connection 400V (3-phase current) + 230V is a must
  • Running water (cold) is a must
  • Internet connection is optional – if absent, we will make it.
  • Sanitary installations should be already there
  • Optimal: Workshop permission is already issued

For questions and suggestions please contact Aron Homberg.

Donations and Commodity Contributions

For the realization of the project we need monthly and onetime donations. If you are interested in the OpenEcoLab Munich and you want to support it, please enter your name and contacts in the Wiki.

You can find more about the OpenEcoLab in the Wiki.

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