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Re: [ox-en] Endorsement of a revolutionary proposal

Hi Fouad,

Would you have time to arrange a phone conversation? I am marcin_ose
on Skype, and I am in Central time, USA. My schedule is flexible.
Morning and evening are the best times for me.


On Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 11:23 AM, Fouad Bajwa <fouadbajwa> wrote:
Hi Marcin,
Yes indeed, I am one hundred percent available on this. I would love
to see these small but thought provoking open business models
evolving! Today's world evolves by collaboration and that is what I
have tried to put into the minds of legislators in this country as
well as the businessmen. My bridged career between the FOSS Movement,
Government, Private and Civil Society sectors have helped me to do

I also have a critical insight on open systems and their evolution,
whether software or non-software related but innovation based. Here is
a bit about me presenting at a conference supported by UNU next month
in Penang, Malaysia:

For some understanding about my perceptions, you may view my interview
on the Future of the Internet at:

On Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 7:31 PM, Marcin Jakubowski
<joseph.dolittle> wrote:
Dear Fouad,

I am interested in collaborating on particular implementations of your
concept. In general, your principles are congruent with our existing
development path, and larger fruits could be a result.


On Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 2:44 PM, Fouad Bajwa <fouadbajwa> wrote:
In response to your proposal, I would like you to also go through the
following two links of a concept I designed on open ecosystem grounds,
one idea was floated in the community and the second this
year in the Pakistani IT community as it comes to realise such
potential. However, both models are similar but a bit modified into
open source community based and then independent open business model
based. Both use the services supply chain system but in a more
conducive and remuneration and mutual support fund based with key
facility for sustainability and growth:

Pakistan ICT Business Incubator and Development Collective Model

"Drupal Open Co-operative Business Model" or drupalcooperative

I can place it in an email if needed. I am available for discussion on
the subject.

On Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 11:55 PM, Franz Nahrada <f.nahrada> wrote:
(most of receivers in BCC to prevent unintended replyfloods)

Marcin Jakubowski of Open Source Ecology wrote today:

"I published the OSE CEB proposal v0.1. It deserves some attention. Can
you pump it up through your networks?
There is some  hard-core, breakthrough rocket fuel for global
transformation in that humble 4-pager, if one can see through it:";

I read through the proposal and I got really, really astounded.
Marcin was absolutely right.

This is the first blueprint ever of community supported manufacturing
that I seriously encountered - and it is a bomb!

Many synapses clicked in my head. I saw the relations with
Frithjof Bergmanns New Work concept - but in an entirely
different new light - and I saw the immediate relevance
to connect with Mohammad Yunus social enterprise concept.
And I suddenly saw the possibility to solve the problem
how p2p production rises to the level of serious manufacturing
world-class products.

A social entreprise is an enterprise that works at zero profit,
re-investing possible gains or rather bringing down the market
price to the cost price. It has no profit motive, this is where
the need for a mission or task comes in to fill the void.

Such an enterprise is not a corporation, but is based on a
constitution, on democratic control of its shareholders which
equal users and stakeholders in absence of dividends on shares.

No interests or license fees to pay. With special licenses community
supported manufacturing plants could be privileged against
for-profit plants. The could keep workers rights alive AND deliver
superior products, supported by the brainpower of global developer
communities. New Work would NOT ONLY work in decentralized
production cafes, but also in large industrial plants - and the two
worlds would be intrinsically linked.

Recently I attacked frithjof for his intention to create
New Work Enterprises as a commercial venture. But here is
a valid alternative: a community share system to build
up large operations.

I began to toss the thought in my head what would be the
economic development of such a share without dividends;
that it could absorb extra savings and still provide some
economic security within the monetary system because it
could still hold some value and hence be sold on need.

A p2p stock exchange would be a living possibility. Value
would be determined by community need and identification with
the product. Stockholding could mean some privileges,
but not the dirty ones.

So I follow Marcins proposal with conviction. Here is the
direct link to the file and a then text transcript for those who
are too lazy to download it:

Franz Nahrada


CEB Open Business Plan – Community Supported Manufacturing
Joseph.dolittle - 10.25.08 – v0.1

Abstract: Herein we provide a short overview of the Open Source Ecology
(OSE) enterprise development model and deployment plan. The plan is for
Community Supported Manufacturing (CSM) of a high performance, open
source, Compressed Earth Block (CEB) press – The Liberator – by end of
March, 2009. This is OSE's first product release. We propose an innovative
economic model, with replicability as one of its key features.


What is our CSM model? It is a collaborative, open source, replicable,
risk-sharing model of production where:
(1)     You (large amount of people or stakeholders) participate in and pay
for the development process and fabrication facility
(2)     You get a product at cost
(3)     We (Open Source Ecology facilities) perform the development work, up
to the building of a fabrication facility.
(4)     We provide training and support for any fabricator interested in
replicating the enterprise
(5)     We operate an enterprise ourselves for purposes of direct business
model testing
(6)     We put all earnings into further open source research and development

Value Proposition

We are offering:
(1)     a high performance CEB press (3-5 bricks per minute production)
(2)     CSM production model
(3)     Low cost (about $5k), or about $20k less than the competition

Goals by March, 2009

(1)     Off-grid fabrication facility
(2)     Robust and flexible production capacity of 4 machines per week
(3)     Replicability of above
a.      Documentation
i.      Fabrication procedure
ii.     Machine operation and construction techniques
iii.    Open business model
b.      Development of supporting, open source equipment
i.      CEB machine itself for building the production facility
ii.     Swingblade sawmill, also for facility construction
iii.    Computer controlled XYZ oxy-acetylene/plasma torch table for
preparing and cutting metal
iv.     Steel casting ability for structural members (if resources allow)
v.      Control electronics fabrication for XYZ table (if resources allow)

Basic Program

The basic program consists of developing, testing, and neocommercializing
the following open source equipment by end of March:
1.      CEB machine itself for building the production facility
2.      Swing-blade sawmill, also for facility construction
3.      Computer controlled XYZ oxy-acetylene/plasma torch table for preparing
and cutting metal
The budget for the basic program is on the order of $3-6k per month.

Extended Program

Progress beyond the basic program depends on the level of crowd funding
and other support received. Each month's funding cycle description will
contain a basic and accelerated funding proposition. If resources allow,
we will achieve these milestones by end of March:
4.      Steel casting ability for structural members related to the CEB press
5.      Metal casting for a steam engine, towards: off-grid facility electrical
power; LifeTrac power source; and Solar Turbine electrical power
6.      Babington flash steam generator for steam engine as backup power
7.      Control electronics fabrication capacity for XYZ torch table,
consisting of a precise, computer controlled router
8.      Deployment of RepRap for mold-making, applied to metal casting

These milestones contribute to a deeper product ecology surrounding the
CEB press. The budget for the extended program is on the order of $6-9k
per month.

Product Ecology

Our present, basic product ecology - of which the CEB machine is a part –
is the following:

This package provides a large fraction of infrastructure for building
Global Villages. Indeed, it is capable of providing 100% of high quality
food, fuel, energy, and housing needs for a local population – based on
local resources. It includes a fabrication aspect – through advanced
digital fabrication techniques. Combined with plant and animal genetic
stock – the entire package is self-replicating It also has the capacity to
span just about all of physical production, as embodied in the broad
fields of agro-ecology and flexible fabrication. The relevant scale of
human organization stemming from this infrastructure is from a single
family to a large village. Implications of this package for regenerative
development and economic transformation are profound.

Certain details of this package may change. At present, OSE considers this
to be the most simple, multipurpose, robust, and ecological technology
base - which provides the largest range of services with the least amount
of tools.

Seeking Collaborators

We are looking for:
(1)     Investors
(2)     Funders, benefactors, and grants
(3)     On-line donations
(4)     On-site development and engineering support
(5)     Flexible fabrication trainees to staff CEB production after March
(6)     Publicity people for promoting this work
(7)     Interested end-users for preorders

Basic Funding Strategy

The basic mechanism for contributing, outside of contacting the
development team (joseph.dolittle is a PayPal donation site, The donation page also contains
instructions for donating by mail.

We are employing a Product Release Fund. This means that full
documentation for DIY builders will be released after a quota is reached.
We are setting this quota at $20,000 – the value proposition described
above – as means to address the freeloader dilemma and as a means to
provide additional fuel to OSE research. All of this money will go to
further project development. Collection of the Product Release Fund will
begin after March. Donors who contribute $50 or more prior to April, 2009,
will receive early release documentation – full documentation that is
slated for release after production begins at OSE facilities. We feel that
anyone who is really interested in building their own machine will see
this $50 investment as well worth its cost – and the money goes toward
actual product development.  Those who are interested in a turnkey machine
may purchase one from us, at an estimated price of $5k.

We also have a reward structure for Angel Investors – those people who
contribute $1000 or more to the project. These people are entitled to a
one-time $1000 discount from their cost of a CEB machine, if they decide
to purchase one from us.

Collaboration and What You Can Do

These are the general tasks that are to be performed for product release:
(1)     Technical development of torch table, additional prototypes of the
Liberator, further field testing, and construction of fabrication facility
(2)     Recruit fabricators-in-training for the CEB machine
(3)     Continue crowd funding and resource development
(4)     Recruit engineering support
(5)     Publish multimedia and technical documentation
(6)     Publicize this work to stakeholders
(7)     Collect preorders for the CEB machine, with $2k down payment

What you can do:
(1)     Circulate this proposal, blog about it, put up a funding button on
your website on our behalf
(2)     Donate to this work at
(3)     Contribute content online at
(4)     Seek engineers, builders, and others for technical and economic review
(5)     Come to Factor e Farm to do development and engineering support
(6)     For students – engage in in-service learning projects at Factor e
Farm, with a recommended stay of 1 month
(7)     Become a fabricator for CEB machines at Factor e Farm
(8)     Contact stakeholders for donations, engineering support
(9)     Help with field testing of the Liberator in another location – needs
to be in a warm climate, and must have access to earth-moving equipment

Contact: projekt


Fouad Bajwa

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,
butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance
accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders,
give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new
problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight
efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-- Robert A. Heinlein


Fouad Bajwa

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,
butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance
accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders,
give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new
problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight
efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-- Robert A. Heinlein

Contact: projekt

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