Open Source Machines for Everyone!

From their site:

“OSE is currently developing a set of open source blueprints for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – a set of the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. In the process of creating the GVCS, OSE intends to develop a modular, scalable platform for documenting and developing open source, libre hardware – including blueprints for both physical artifacts and for related open enterprises.”

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Horizontal Management for MBAs

Harvard Business Review co-opting consensus governance for the mainstream, and explaining it as a bridge for MBA students and other administrators.

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Here’s our take on it: Self-Management.


6-Hour Work Day for a Whole Country

By C Perry & T Mackenzie

Following Toyota’s lead, Sweden is gradually switching to a 6 hour work day.  

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Update February 2017: There is some controversy, as their tests in the public health sector cost more than expected. It seems important to look at a variety of solutions for different industries.

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Insist on Rational Material Choices

By C Perry & T Mackenzie

Sustainable building means using materials that are healthy, affordable, local, and as little transformed as possible. It might sound daunting, but most of these solutions are the simpler ways, and the older ways. They are frequently healthier and local by nature.

Passive Solar Design Principles

Please consider sharing this among your Francophone contacts: these architectural and passive solar design principles reduce the energy costs of a home enough to nearly eliminate heating and cooling costs, even here in Quebec.  People should know, and insist that their developers know, too.

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Cooperative Innovations

A look at how non-profit models in Canada will shape the economy and provide stability in the 21st century:

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Une initiative majeure du gouvernement du Québec vers la création d’une économie sociale et d’une stabilité pour le 21ème siècle :

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The Likely Structure of Printed Walls

Material selection becomes simpler with this 3d printing geometry developed by MIT, a bit by accident. See the video for the likely structure of our walls. 🙂

« The same geometry could even be applied to large-scale structural materials, they suggest. For example, concrete for a structure such a bridge might be made with this porous geometry, providing comparable strength with a fraction of the weight. This approach would have the additional benefit of providing good insulation because of the large amount of enclosed airspace within it.”