Dear OSE Friends,
Our progress was slowed down because we were very few people working on the OSEG development and in some cases we didn’t work on our priorities. We share our failures so that others can learn from them. To fix that we are creating a Germany wide call for participation and started the OSEG Board as an initial structure of the Extreme Manufacturing platform as part of our stategic development.
In September we were at the Transition Conference which was the best event we were until now and we made very good connections. Beside the Wind Turbine we will be working in the next few months on:
Nikos Vasileiadis volunteered in Free and Real’s Telaithrion Project and learned about yurt construction and natural farming. In the first days of September Vinay Gupta made two presentations about http://hexayurt.com/. One in the friendly hackerspace.gr where we have members of OSE Greece and the second at the Telaithrion Project.
Few students from Greece visited Factor E Farm and are writing currently a report about their learning and next steps.
OSE Italy replicated the CEB Press and presented OSE at the International Conference on Degrowth on 19. September. We are also creating a workshop in Borgoricco (Padova). Check out our new website: http://opensourceecology.it/
Spain – Open E Land
Open E land is a six hectare site in rural, western Spain which the owner has made available for open source projects. It has suffered from the typical degradation of industrial agriculture – near complete loss of top soil and biodiversity with severe erosion and water management problems – and at the start of the year was just empty pasture with no infrastructure.
Our original idea was hold a two week summer camp during which we would construct the physical infrastructure, including a multipurpose strawbale building, to allow the site to be used as full time open source ecology project space. A few weeks into preparations it became apparent it would require a substantial battle to get planning permission to construct anything and take a minimum of six months to get approval – a depressing reminder of the obstructive inertia of governments attempting to preserve existing economic and agricultural models.
Because of this we decided the camp should focus less on construction and more on open source, skill sharing and permaculture. After ascertaining there was enough interest in the camp going ahead we circulated the following camp details:
With minimal effort in publicity and despite the site being fairly difficult to reach we were quickly overwhelmed with the response. At the point we were forced to close camp registration we had 50 people from across Spain and Europe registered – more than the site could comfortably support. A further 25 contacted us to get onto on a waiting list in case of cancellations.
With two weeks to to go we issued a crowd sourced fund raising campaign to help buy items for camp infrastructure. At this point there was just two people on site doing all the site preparation and online work, so the ability to develop and promote the campaign was very limited. Even so, we raised around half of the the €2000 we asked for.
The prepare for the event we constructed a 6m geodesic dome, a humanure toilet, shade structures, a shower and a kitchen and hoped it all would be enough. Over the course of the two weeks around 40 people turned up. Despite some oppressive daytime temperatures we ran workshops on subject such as Arduino programming, 3D printing, water management, CEB fabrication, permaculture, hammock making and cooking with natural ingredients. We had forums discussing open source, talks about natural construction methods, ran a kitchen for up to 30 people using organic ingredients sourced from local farms, constructed water management basins and check dams, built a 5m diameter reciprocal roof roundhouse, a 2m 3G/wifi reflector dish plus countless items of furniture from recycled wooden palettes.
We wanted to the camp to be as close to free as possible. People were welcome to cater for themselves or they could pay €5 a day for communal food from the kitchen. We originally aimed to run the kitchen at cost, but as it turned out we ended up making €450 from the takings. An honesty bar also contributed around €150. With donations the camp ended up paying for itself and left a legacy of infrastructure on the site.
In attempt to gain experience with CEB construction I had constructed a manual CEB press using the Open Source Resilient Living design. This was primarily made from recycled scrap metal using and very basic hand tools, with material costs less than €100. While I would not recommend this approach to the first time constructors, it is a worthwhile demonstration of what can be achieved with very little money and skill and I certainly learned a lot. After various alignment and precision problems were fixed it became apparent there were issues with the soil on site for CEB – although appearing to have a high clay and/or slit content it would require a lot of water to reach optimum water content and then would exhibit low compressibility and poor strength of the resultant brick. After attempting various experiments with adding course sand and lime more we less abandoned CEB construction for the time being.
We learned a huge amount from putting on the event and there is much still to document and share. Hopefully the foundations for future developments have been laid and discussion of events in the new year are in progress. For the moment the immediate legacy is the creation of a substantial network people and projects and the demonstration of considerable interest in this kind of event and the possibility of self funding models.
You can see some photos from the event here:
More on Open E Land:
We are preparing the Cohabitat Gathering Festival on 13-14 October in Lodz, Poland.
We are creating a biggest crowdfunding campaign known to Poland so far here: http://polakpotrafi.pl/projekt/Cohabitat-Gathering-2012/. Workstream is open-source here: https://trello.com/b/PQ5VNcLX. And a beta of leaflet: http://issuu.com/pawesroczyski/docs/chg2012_english
Cohabitat Gathering Festival is a two-days event, full of lectures and meetings of those, who wish to responsibly design and build a wise, fair world. Invited speakers will tell inspiring and incredible stories about their passion, working on certain technologies, tools and methods. All of that make it obvious that as a civilisation we are ready to give up outdated conceptions of development-for-development, we shall go further. We are able to create a healthy, comfy living space for all and retrieve the time for exploring the mystery of human being. Sounds exciting? That’s only the beginning.
We will take a closer look on natural architecture, healthy food in towns, devices collecting solar energy, communities management software, open source collaboration and many, many more essential issues.
“I want the world to be a better place, let it start from myself”.
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CEB press development in the UK is changing.
After talking with OSE Italy who managed to successfully develop a CEB press, we’ve decided to change our approach. Initially we wanted to focus on CEB press machine development by itself and then afterwards get a community of people interested in OSE. However, without a group of like-minded individuals, we’re missing out on the skills and resources that others can bring.
So we’re changing approach. We’re still developing the CEB press however, we also want you to get involved.
Our plan is to regularly meet as a group of people in London. Our goal is to develop the tools for the GVCS starting with the CEB press.
So if you live in the UK and are interested in OSE development, please get in touch! We plan on meeting in London within the next week or so and we want to see you there. Send an email to: contact (at) openator (dot) com and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest developments as well as when and where we’ll be meeting.
Ynternet.org team is supporting OSE since June 2012 by providing currently :
1) Management tools
2) Governance suggestions on case by case
3) documentations and knowledge on licensing and business model for OSE
Our methods :
A) Social bookmarking for State of the art.
For each demand, we try to identify the current state of the art in the domain concerned.
We use mostly the web to find useful articles tips and experts, and we gather these information into a social bookmarking working group anyone can apply to join : http://groups.diigo.com/group/os_ewatch
B) Online talks with OSE delegates to list needs, orientate, suggest.
This is posted on a googledoc embedded into the OSE wiki, here :
Anybody can ask us a question, if we don have the answer, we can help you find it by your own by browsing and postijng with tags.
Latest contribution : business model for openHardware, and evaluation of potential best license for OSE (work under construction), here :
Who we are ?
A group of about 30 Independant trainers and researchers on digital culture, aiming at promoting common good and netizenship in information society.
Ecopol is spin off of Ynternet.org and Smala, developing ecological community-based co-living and coworking spaces. Smala have managed about 30 houses and now work on building We just found a land in Switzerland for 20 persons living and co-working, and besides we have a quite important project for 2000 persons. We plan to open a OSE-factory in Switzerland and another one in Brasil for 2015-2016.
Main delegates currently:
Théo Bondolfi (Switzerland) & Raphael Rousseau (France)
Finally, we are organizing the 11th eCulture forum in Geneva, April 17th, topic “wikinomics”, followed by a kick-off of the project of launching an OSE factory in French part of Switzerland for 2015, and we can host some OSE-Europe delegates around this event if this can help.
Marcin will be there, and we will organize a specific workshop for OSE technical challenges (details to come ASAP)
We completed the build in Switzerland, and now continuing the campaign to fund the documentation. There are video montages that give the idea. We launched an update to the site, so everything is more easily accessible.
Watch our presentation of SolarFire at the OKFest 2012. See you at the Cohabitat conference in Poland.
The Solarflower is an open source solar energy collector which tracks the sun automatically through a simple non-electrical mechanism.
It can be made almost anywhere from common recycled and salvaged materials using basic tools and skills, is portable, has no running costs or emissions, and can produce up to kilowatts of power per device.
Depending on available resources it should take one to three unskilled people less than a week to build, and cost well under €$£ 100.
Potential examples of use could include:
- Electrical production with simple steam turbine/piston, with waste heat going to oven or hot water system.
- Dome oven with integrated water system for temperature regulation and hot/pasteurized water.
- Steam distillation of water for removal o f chemical, heavy metal, and biological toxins.
- Medium to large scale food dehydration, processing, and roasting.
- Conversion of fibrous organic waste into charcoal for energy storage and low smoke cooking, with coproduction of bio-oil and bio-gas.
- And any other application utilizing heat.
Check our website and watch our videos in YouTube.