Welcome to the Freevolution

The Freevolution is happening now as free and open source software methodology is being brought to the design of the physical world.

People are creating freely redistributeable information about past, present and future manufacturing processes, materials, and products. They openly discuss and detail manufacturing procedures and other related procedural knowledge needed for building and maintaining sustainable communities. People are using the internet are realizing Buckminster Fuller's vision of a Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science.

This web site is intended to discuss this ongoing freevolution and help make it happen in a peaceful way. This central web site is also intended to serve as a testbed for prototypes that collect, organize, and present related sustainable design information; ultimately those prototypes may become distributed design tools.

The freevolution’s short-term benefits will include technology education, historical education, collaboration, sustainable technology development, public science literacy, and knowledge democratization. One of the freevolution’s ultimate long-term benefits will be to support the design and creation of sustainable earth and space settlements, especially an O'Neill or Bernal style space habitat that can duplicate itself using only asteroidal ore and sunlight.

Three forces – individual creativity, social collaboration, and technological tools – are joining to create a synergistic effort stronger than any of these forces could produce alone. The internet is producing an effect somewhat like that described in the short story "The Skills of Xanadu" by Theodore Sturgeon to encourage freedom for people to design their own life support systems to meet their own unique needs and desires. James P. Hogan's writings, such as in his novel Voyage from Yesteryear, are also another touchstone as they depict what might be possible to achieve if people work together in freedom and optimism to create a society where everyone by choice is a productive contributor to society, and no one needs to work as a part-time slave. As Hogan suggests, in such a "Star Trek" like society, those who consume without ever trying to be productive might just be considered mentally ill, and out of charity would simply be allowed to take whatever physical or informational goods they need for free even if they were forever unable or unwilling to give society anything in return. In a gift economy like the freevolution fosters, people who only take without giving will be the pitied paupers, no matter how much stuff they accumulate; wealth instead will come from a sense of self-worth and peer recognition through making contributions (however idiosyncratic) to society.

A common license is in some ways like a constitution for a development community. Unless otherwise noted, all copyrighted work here is covered by the General Public License (the GPL version two or optionally later), and all contributors agree that to the best of their knowledge they can and do provide sufficient rights for their contributions for be included here irrevokably under the GPL. Note that contributors retain other rights to their own work and so may still negotiate proprietary licenses with others for their own specific contributions should they wish to do so. By use of these online services, all contributors agree to this Acceptable Use Policy.

Created by pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com
Last modified 2005-03-25 11:21 AM