Post Scarcity Foundation

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Mission?

  • to work towards a post-scarcity society
  • towards a post-scarcity society
  • beyond scarcity
  • share the abundance

What is post-scarcity?

"Post scarcity or post-scarcity describes a hypothetical form of economy or society, often explored in science fiction, in which things such as goods, services and information are free, or practically free.” Wikipedia See also Post scarcity for everyone?.


How we want to keep the foundation and the projects

based on http://hitchwiki.org/en/Hitchwiki:How_we_want_to_keep_Hitchwiki


Clear from Venus Project-like ideas. It's about people, not about machines. We don't want to be ruled by machines. We do use machines to communicate and to get things shared.


Spirit of cooperation - adhocracy, do-ocracy

  • Most action just happens - someone has an idea, goes ahead and does it.
  • In case there's doubt if all active participants would be happy with an action: we want a democratic work environment, where we first try to decide by consensus.
  • We encourage active member participation and try to keep convivial work environments.

Based on Roles

  • Ad-hocracy empowers some but can also disempower others. Having clear roles helps people to understand what they can do within a project, and keeps structures more clear for everyone

Transparency

  • As much communication and information as possible is and will be available on the internet. This excludes information such as server passwords, but it goes as far as what software and extensions are running on Sharewiki, and naturally a history of all edits ever made.
  • Many decisions are made and discussed in wikipages or a mailing list, accessible by everyone.

Free software

  • We exclusively use and create free software. We will participate in existing free software projects as much as possible.
  • The entire server stack, MediaWiki, any mailing list software, everything is and should be free. Skype for personal communication about the project is everyone's own choice but is discouraged - use IRC or Jabber instead.
  • The license of choice is the Affero GPL (for own projects)
  • The license of second-choice is the GNU GPL - if there is a choice between a GPL project and a BSD project that offer the same quality, features and community, the GPL project is the be preferred

Open data

  • We want to make database dumps available.
  • We want to support open formats and standards, such as OpenID and microformats.

Free licenses for content

  • Content of projects is licensed under the Creative Commons ShareAlike Attribution license or the CC-BY-NC-SA license.

International

  • Given enough interest, people are allowed and supported to set up their own language versions.

Not for profit

  • We aim for grant money and donations.
  • We don't want advertising or affiliate marketing. Ethical advertising such as Adbard would still be okay.


Means/Fields

Means of achieving post-scarcity:

  • software, information, culture
  • communication
    • close
  • transport
    • lots of potential
  • food
    • local production
      • guerilla gardening
    • waste reduction
    • vegetarianism/veganism

The websites

Post Scarcity Wiki

We already have it, Sharewiki suits fine!

Post Scarcity Blog

The next step. Regular blog posts about post-scarcity. Started http://blog.sharewiki.org/ guaka 22:25, 22 June 2010 (UTC) Everyone is very welcome to register and post about post scarcity related stuff. guaka 21:37, 5 July 2010 (UTC)

post scarcity social network

Joining:

  • By signing up you will state that you will act towards a post-scarcity society?
  • First 1000? members invitation only?

Practicalities:

  • Drupal
    • wait for D7?
  • CiviCRM (bites with D7)
  • practical
    • encourage sharing among members, and towards people who have not joined (yet)
      • ride shares
      • hospitality exchange

hook into existing networks:

  • hitchwiki, trashwiki
  • FB, CS, twt, identi.ca
    • joindiaspora?

An official organization

  • In the Netherlands
  • Can fund projects like Hitchwiki, Trashwiki, Randomroads, Hitchgathering, new projects
    • Provide money to people to focus on developing these projects
    • Encourage
  • Can receive money from grant foundations
  • Can receive EU funding?
  • Accepts donations

Stuff it will own

Provides continuation.

Domains:

  • sharewiki, trashwiki, nomadbase.org, sustainablepost.org, hitchgathering.org, couchwiki.org
  • Possibly: casarobino.org, randomroads.org

Server:

  • at least one virtual machine

Affiliate organizations

More Hitchhiking and other orgs?

  • Grant money sometimes requires cooperation between organizations in different EU countries.

People

  • guaka wants to found this in 2010, plus technological
  • Robino is also committed.
  • Sitarane for some community slave service
  • Dante shares the engagement.
  • add yourself if you want to help - add what you want to help with

Background