efarm open source economy


Open Source Prototypes …

videos :


These video episodes help explain the concept of Open Source Ecology:

Factor E Distillations Episode 1 – Introduction

Factor E Distillations Episode 2 – Product Ecologies

Factor E Distillations Episode 3 – Towards an Open Source Tractor

Factor E Distillations Episode 4 – On a Technology Base for Evolving to Freedom

” we keep telling everybody to drop what they are doing now – and participate in producing the option of a viable, highly productive, open source economic system – which helps those with higher aspirations than a 9 to 5 to pursue their dreams. This has be be done once – and then the tools become available. So subscribe to this work – and put your money where your mouth is on realizing these ideals. “

Factor E Distillations – Episode 5 – The CEB Story


” is a movement dedicated to the collaborative development of the world’s first replicable, open source, modern off-grid “global village.” By using permaculture and digital fabrication together to provide for basic needs and open source methodology to allow cheap replication of the entire village, we hope to empower anyone who desires to move beyond the struggle for survival and “evolve to freedom.”

By our analysis, most of the technologies needed for a sustainable and pleasant standard of living could be reduced to the cost of scrap metal + labor. There is immense potential for social transformation once this technology is fully developed for building interconnected self-sufficient villages, since people will be freed from material constraints and able to seek self-actualization.

We understand that this is an ambitious task, but we have accomplished much and are making rapid progress. Factor e Farm is the land-based facility where we are putting this theory into practice. Our means of achieving these goals are meticulously detailed in the “Global Village Construction Set” and the OSE Proposal. ”

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"Current TV Pushes Participation "


excerpt from 21 may 2008 article :

Current TV Pushes Participation “

Robin Sloan from Current TV is now doing a lunch talk called “Current, Collaborative Storytelling and Our Googlezon Future.”

Current is a 24-hour news channel and website, and the idea is that every part of the network is participatory. Since we launched in 2005, we let people upload videos about themselves. It can be about a friend’s band or serious stuff. The community gives people feedback on the website on their videos. And the videos that get the most traction make it onto TV and the makers get paid.

By involving more people, they become allies and guerrilla marketers. We could use more many-to-many connections like that in our media culture. In another area which requires a lot of work is in advertising. For every advertiser, we include user-generated ads for each one. We put up an assignment and ask people to upload their take on a commercial. And those efforts are almost always better than the advertiser’s efforts.

They’re called “Video Created Ad Message.” They’re some of the most popular content on our site.



EPIC 2014′ is a Flash movie released in November 2004 by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson

” The movie is presented from the viewpoint of a fictional “Museum of Media History” in the year 2014. It explores the effects that the convergence of popular News aggregators like Google News and Newsbot with other Web 2.0 technologies such as blogging, social networking and user participation may have on journalism and society at large in a hypothesized future. The film popularized the term Googlezon and touches on major privacy and copyright issues raised in this scenario.

EPIC 2015 is an update to the original movie, released in January 2005. The movie follows the general direction of the original, but also examines the roles of podcasting, GPS and web map services such as Google Maps. “

Googling EPIC 2014

Googling EPIC 2015


You’re about to watch a future history of the media by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson, with music by Aaron McLeran.


Tool(s) for Reference Maps – Knowledge Building – First Steps

First Steps – relating to Reference Maps and Knowledge Building

I would like to use a ( multi dimensional? ) graphic interface , that enables me to VISUALISE RELATIONS between inputted elements / visualisations – on a scrollable map.

1 To start with :
Simply having a tool to manually map relations between inputted ideas, questions , issues, references, interests, … such as with a mindmap

2 and slowely building on this small piece of software as to be able to compare it / or add it / to other manually made maps of other people

3 and add a functionality that enables these to be accessible on the server by other authorized people ( or open to everyone )

4 then developping automated options that make it possible to translate wiki’s and other data sources into such representations

5 and end up with more and more extended maps / from wich options of comparisons, fusion , etc multiply, and from wich new questions of the development of such software will outcome


first steps is to test existing softwares such as


and others listed on

Reference Maps

related mailinglist

links collection

pasted brainstorming from Reference Maps
About the reference system

I imagine it being some kind of open source software – simple in design – lite weight – that would also be available trough a online platform.

a (downloadable?/open source/free) software/and-or online platform on wich one freely can brainstorm:

ideas – phrases – concepts – questions – words – and also links

each of such becoming an entity that can then be linked to other entities,

according to their nature – issue – question – idea – ressource – person – book – other reference

and to the relation between them

Such a process would have some main aspects

one influenced by the person brainstorming he’s ideas, questions, and issues

ACTUALLY INTEGRATING IN A ANARCHIC WAY different elements of he’s/her reality

and then, eventually, making a few relations afterwords as he sees them – but without obligation


and then – the magic is that individual maps can be gathered together

( they can be kept private online , or put into a network with other maps of people joining your own group / OR THEY CAN ALSO BE MADE PARTIALLY OR FULLY PUBLIC – such as with delicious links http://del.icio.us )

wich could enable not only to develop maps that are individual, but to understand commonalities between maps , differences between maps ,

and WIDER MAPS integrating a few , hundreds, or thousands of maps , depending on choosen options

and MAKE IT EASIER TO FOCUS and understand issues , and have access to references – and build on ideas

EASING ALSO SELF LEARNING – and also , at the same time, academic learning –

easing freelance activism , project development, etc

trough such kind of global brain mapping – reference mapping – etc

trough the online platform – this might then further connect to social networks and solutions could be found to ease connections with ressources/people in geographic surroundings

pasted brainstorming from Knowledge Building

I was wondering how to try to find ways to build ideas – ask questions and try to answer them + link them – in a cooperative and as efficient way as possible.

Blogs, mailing-lists,… are offcourse very usefull in this. Wikiwebs are also a interesting tool. ( websites like the wikipedia are great examples ) But is there a way to map even more efficiently collaborative building of questions, answers and ideas, and put them into perspective.

A certain epistemological model?

Maybe you are thinking about it too.

I realise there may be simple models like “question” – situation – suggestions – link to other related questions and information
I wonder, how could all these questions be (hyper)linked?

I’d like to be able to start with a very simple question, and from there build to more and more complex questions, trough the internet, in a collaborative way, in a way that allows me to have perspectives, make links, develop new questions and develop new ideas.

Although our brains are powerful processors, how can I manage to combine my brain and conciousness with the others?

Hmm… I’m wondering…Is there a place to simply brainstorm a question, or a few questions, and let the system self-organise itself ( because of the way it is modelled, and or and specific code/software that is capable of integrating a question and linking it within a whole ( ? ) ) but still being able to impact on the way the system organises the information, eventually being able to choose alternative organisation models ?

Currently, when I have a question I try to find a few words that might relate to it and do a search on google.
I know there are alot of ressources invested in trying to find even more efficient webcrawling practices.

But when I do a search, my search isn’t necessarily memorised on a platform for further utilisation.

Offcourse, one might ask the question whether this is desirable, especially when it seems current crawlers such as google are already capable of finding so much information.

But what if we see it on a different scale? One could for example imagine that this information and the questions we enter into this container ( even if I am the only one using this question container ) could then be used and automatically compared with other containers, and/or eventually with structures of the web.

There could for example be an option to compare ones container, and the relations between the questions in the container, with structures of another container, or a network of other structures such as the internet and/or inversely.

Hmm… although… yes… maybe this could be dangerous too since such a software might also be able to limit cooperative networked thinking within certain patterns.

What brings us to becoming concious of the question?

what may be different caracteristics of a question?

Tagging and Posting Non-Systemically

I will post past ideas in a anarchic way,

and hope to develop some solution to Tag them

Meinhard s reply: http://benn.org/

to this question of mine –
< I am still thinking and researching what would be the best blog – blog
> with Tags for example ( although quite a few have them? –

we (mokey.de) use wordpress a lot. something on tagging in wordpress: