The “Prosumer”

Economy

Networking Globally, Manufacturing Locally,  to Produce What We Consume-  “Prosume”

The “Prosumer” Economy is a manufacturing, energy and social networking revolution, just beginning, that will bring Main Streets worldwide- self-sufficiency, freedom, peace and unimaginable sustainable prosperity.  It is an evolutionary trend futurist Alvin Toffler termed and saw transpiring way back in the early 80‘s.  Now, 30-years later, fueled by new 3-D printers, globally shared 3-D files, the emminant bringing to market of free-energy devices that have been surpressed for decades, and social networking, Main Street is on the verge of a new micro-manufacturing, self-sufficiency revolution so powerful, that it will eventually take it even beyond the need for money and jobs.  The Economist magazine ran a cover story on 3-D printing, February 12-18, 2011, entitled, “Print me a Stradavarius- The Manufacturing Technology that will Change the World”The article points out how soon, anyone, anywhere will be able to make whatever they want in their own home or community and how this revolution is as significant as the internet itself.  This new technology benefits Main Street and so it must be implimented there. Wall Street looses.


This emerging “Prosumer” Economy has been given many other names including the “Informal Economy”, “Open Source Production” “Social Production”, “P2P” (peer to peer) networking, and others- all refer to the same thing as the Prosumer Economy.  “Prosumer” describes this new economy well because it is based on productivity- producing more of what we consume or “prosume” 10 x more efficiently.  This new energy and micro-manufacturing capability will allow us to produce customized things, anywhere, anytime, at less than 1/10 the cost and waste that corporate-globalism mass-produces and distributes them today since the Prosumer Economy moves information and not stuff globally.  It produces things locally, where they are utilized. 


Creating More Jobs is The Wrong Focus- How Can We Produce More For Ourselves is the Key:

The essential point is, “how can Main Street become self-sufficient in producing for itself directly”?- thus needing less money.  Right now, Main Street is fighting for jobs, jobs that are quickly being replaced by automation.  Fighting for jobs is a loosing evolutionary battle and the wrong focus for Main Street.   How can Main Street  produce more for themselves requiring less money and less of a need for jobs in the first place should be the focus.  Jobs and money are only a relic of quickly fading, mass-produced industrialization.  A quick shift for Main Street to a Prosumer Economy is the key to the rising unemployment and underemployment that is inevidable the longer this transition is postponed.  Fighting for labor unions, and demonstrating for more jobs only exascerbates these inevidable transitional dislocations.  It is dealing with the symptoms instead of the solution.  In this way, Main Street looks out for itself instead of depending on the corrupt Wall Street/Government alliance, to take care of it.

















Main Street’s solution to it’s high unemployment is is to simplify its needs, reduce its costs of living, share more and invest in this manufacturing technology, soon and with gusto!

The middle-class is literally like a freight train going full-speed right off a cliff.  Wall Street’s outsourcing of Main Street is being fueled by the miniturization and automation of technology, and with it, the need for jobs altogether- no matter how low the wages, anywhere in the world.  As Gerald Celente of Trends Rearch says, unemployment is so high because we have too many people for our current productivity.   Simplicity, frugality, self-sufficiency and sharing are going to be a must during this coming transition to a Prosumer Economy so Main Street has funds available for an investment in these productive resources. Homes will become smaller and more sharing will evolve. The good news is, for manufacturing, money is becoming less relevant.  From Tom Peters Lectures: In the last 20-years, 35% of the fortune 500 companies started up on less than $10,000 in capital.  Over the last 10-years, 3D printers have gone from $50,000 to $1,000.


Main Street and the Corrupt Wall Street/Government Consortium Have Two Different, Opposing Agendas: 

Wall Street’s Agenda is to maximize profit by dividing Main Street- creating fear, war, disease, monopolized power, emphasizing differences, created scarcities and pollution. This corrupt Wall Street agenda is supported by a corrupt Government in collusion with them.  The average person still thinks it’s their government and it’s there to protect them and represents their interests.  Nothing could be farther from the truth!  10% of the people in the US own as much as the bottom 90%- the largest gap in any industrialized country, and the gap is widening every day!  Main Street’s 180 Degree Different Agenda is to simply provide a better quality of life for their children and future generations by  maximizing shared cooperation, peace and freedom between individuals both locally and globally and a clean environment. 


An Unstopable, Evolutionary Trend:

It’s not going to go back to” the good old days.” Job prospects are going to get worse.  This new trend includes miniturized manufacturing technology, the global networking of  “open source projects”, new energy sources and social change.  It involves totally rethinking the way goods and services are produced and distributed.  It is rapidly evolving and has several names.  Charles Leadbeater in the youtube video below calls this “Open Source Production”.  As he states- “In an Open Source System consumers become co-developers.”  Basically in Open Sourcing the technology design is freely given away.  Everyone adds their input in a collective effort to improve on it and freely use it with no royalties to anyone.  The Firefox web-browser exemplifies this.



















Another visionary in the philosopy and implimentation into open source production is Michel Bauwens.  He terms this Open Source Production as a “P2P” (peer to peer) network.  He heads up the www.P2PFoundation.net which acts as a platform to connect people together for global cooperation and local production in the material field.  On his website he lists over one-dozen open source projects that people all over the world are participating in and freely sharing information with anyone in the world that would like to to use them, improve on them and build them locally.  One of the fastest evolving technologies for local production of P2P globally-networked, open-source projects is the 3-D printer and other fully integrated “personal fabrication” systems:





















The “Prosumer” Economy has Seven Main Components (For more info, see “Links” at the end of this section):


1) Distributed, Integrated Micro-Manufacturing, Desktop 3-D Printing, Personal Fabrication, etc..

The hardware part of this new revolution is coming about through the rapid evolution of 3-D printers and the miniturization of CNC equipment so that whole manufacturing plants are becoming miniturized to make just about anything.  Only a few short years ago, 3-D printers cost $50,000 or more.  Now the price has come down to only $1,000 and some of them can print about 50% of their own parts for second-generation machines!  This technology is currently evolving as fast as the personal computers did some 20 years ago.  Marcin Jakubowski of Open Source Ecology estimates that for $20,000 today (in 2010), a community can obtain a fully-equipped lab with metal working, cutting, casting, and electronics fabrication, assisted by open source CNC equipment and a 3-D printer.  These whole systems just a few years ago would have cost millions of dollars.  This miniturization is exactly analagous to computers that used to take of whole buldings, now are thousands of times more powerful in a common laptop.


2) Supressed Technology Becomes Available:

Progress is poised to take off much faster than anyone can imagine because technology already exists that has been suppressed.  It doesn’t even have to be created.  Because of this soon to be exposed suppressed technology, a whole new magnitude of efficiency, independence and freedom will be available soon to Main Streets worldwide.  As Main Street takes its power back from Wall Street by sharing knowledge seamlessly planetwide, it will be impossible to suppress freeing technology any longer.  I will add more information on this section soon.


3) Shared Stuff Between Individuals:

Not only is the stuff we make from scratch going to bypass the global production chain, but many items we produce in any manner are now getting more use due to the internet and shared informal networks that are increasingly being created. That means if you need something, chances are you can borrow it, rent it, from someone else, when you need it, or share in it’s outright purchase at only a faction of the cost of purchasing it new for yourself.   It may never have to be made at all.  Reusing a product is the most ecological and affordable option there is.  This means that instead of people working to afford stuff on their own, they now have access to stuff at only a fraction of it’s original cost.  (See Meshing and Collaborative Consumption below.)


4) Do It Yourself (DIY) is Back in Vogue, Only This Time It’s High Tech.:

Main Street is being forced to do more for themselves because they have no choice.  With a real estimated unemployment of around 20% in the US and a declining wage base, when adjusted for inflation, Main Street cannot afford to pay others for anything that they can possibly do for themselves.  This is everything from making their own stuff, growing their own food, doing their own repairs, and only as a last resort, buying stuff in the marketplace or paying someone for their service.  Fortunately, with new micro-manufacturing and computer networking, Main Street will quickly get through the coming transition and arrive at a much higher quality of life.


5) Higher Quality: 

Main Street and the environment can no longer live with a throw-away society.  Products will be made increasingly from materials that can be totally remelted and printed into new parts, as well as the assemblies themselves being produced to be upgraded instead of thrown out.  It is much easier to replace a component than to replace the whole item.  A high quality item can more easily be shared over time and will cost much less over its lifetime, than one that is built to throw away and become obselete. 


  1. 6)Using Less Money:

In this transition to a Prosumer Economy, trading money for access is going to be one of the major keys guiding Main Street.  This access is going to come about by sharing and trading resources rather than individual ownership of them.  It is going to come about by producing resources directly more and more through micro manufacturing rather than going through the increasingly outdated mode of working a job for money and them purchasing them for individual use from globally oriented factories.


  1. 7)Access to Shared Micro Production Facilities:

In order to make this transition, due to costs and know-how, neighborhood production facilities will need to be shared.  Whole new businesses to coordinate this will be born.  Recycleable materials and processes used in these facilities, the coordination of skills of all types like computer hardware and software, manufacturing, design, CNC, new energy, the coordination of project teams, the coordination of open-source knowledge- it’s almost an endless array of skills that will substitute for buying stuff from mass produced factories.  There will be dislocations as this revolution takes place but in the very near future, this world will change from one of want and resource wars to incredible self-sufficient abundance for Main Streets, equally, worldwide.

 

Shared workshops are starting to show up in towns and cities all over the US.  For example, Tech-Shop is a 15,000 square foot, member-based workshop located in the San Francisco area, that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction and a creative supportive community so you can build the things you have always wanted to make.  These same types of member-based workshops have also recently appeared in Denver, CO.  Fab Labs, designed at MIT have been installed all over the world.  100K Garages is a program to coordinate the distributed manufacturing capabilities of 100K garages worldwide.


Breaking Down Large Manufactured Items Into Modules and It’s Reduced Ecological Impacts:

Obviously it takes a large leap of faith to go from purchasing a car off an auto showroom to the production of a similar type and quality in a community workshop.  What seems to be occuring in the evolution of large items, like the auto, is the modularization around a common frame.  An individual shop will take a particular module and then perfect it.  Coordinated with other shops, all the designs are freely shared, the components can then be assembled and more and more, fabricated in any local shop with a small investment in integrated technology.  Again this is the focus of in coordinating 100K Garages worldwide.


Modularity not only facilitates distributed manufacturing and innovation but also the longevity of components.(See Siefkas in “Links” section) Instead of building for obselescense, as is the case with global manufacturing today, the Prosumer Economy will network small shops to build for longterm usage and innovation.  Small components can be upgraded or replaced in larger sub-assemblies and then, so much less is discarded.  It also takes much less energy to produce a product locally than spend energy to transport raw materials, parts from all over the world and then transport the finished product again to its point of use.  With the evolution of the Prosumer Economy, more and more, instead of transporting materials we will be simply sending informational files electronically around the world and manufacturing anything we desire locally.


Sharing Information Individual-Individual is the Key Activity to Set a Prosumer Economy on Fire:

Big business thrives because it has a vast network of shared information within its multinational network.  Big business also has linkages hidden from the public that actively suppress competing technologies that could really set humanity free.  For individuals to wean themselves off jobs and the Wall Street controlled fiat money economy, individuals are going to need to start sharing information between themselves and developing similar linkages that Wall Street now capitalizes and monopolizes on. 


This shared information may reduce some income at first, but at the same time it will reduce the need for money as well- which has infinitely more advantages for Main Street.  Reducing the need for money plugs Main Street into freedom.  It reduces the need to work a job for fiat paper dollar compenstation.  This evolving new direction, Main Street needs to intentionally set itself on, short circuits the lack that is a result of a fiat money economy.  It short circuts the lack and scarcity that has been intentionally created by Wall Street. It puts Main Streets worldwide back on the road to global abundance, freedom, independence and unlimited prosperity.  The global sharing of ALL knowledge is a key component in this new direction and another evolutionary trend happening in the small business world and the informal economy. 


Meshing and Collaborative Consumption: New Terms Describing Sharing:

New terms that describes how the future of business and the informal economy operates are called Meshing and Collaborative Consumption. .




















Secrecy in all Forms Must Give Way to Global Sharing: 

President Kennedy back in the 60‘s spoke about secrecy and how it is repugnant to democracy.  The secrecy and the multinational network he was speaking about calls themselves The Illuminati- a worldwide network so powerful that the President of the United States himself is only a pon in their global power structure and was assisiated due to what he was going to expose to the American public and the world.  Before him, President Eisenhauer warned of the out of control military-industrial complex which is also controlled by the illuminati.  These two American presidents, way back in the 60‘s were sounding this warning.  Just imagine how much worse it has gotten 50-years later.  Jesse Ventura points out in his new book, “63 Documents the Government does not want you to Read”, that last year, in 2010 the government classified 16-million documents.  What are they hiding, this is all supported with our tax dollars and we have a right to know!  Secrecy always has negative implications for Main Street.


















Always chasing after money and allowing Wall Street to keep knowledge locked up, keeps Main Street also locked up into a money economy that simply cannot be won by it.  As automation becomes progressively more and more miniturized, more wage earners are being progressively displaced more and more out of the jobs picture.  The unemployment statistics are a living testimony to this fact, and the official statistics are reporting only about half of what the actual current unemployment numbers are.  Wall Street will continue to progressively thrive and Main Street to progressively wither, by Wall Street sucking the life out of Main Street- as the manipulation of fiat money has nothing to do with productive capabilities or the quality of life but it does have the ability to purchase them, limiting Main Street’s access to them.  To counteract Wall Street’s continual assualt on Main Street, these high-performance yet small scale hardware and infomational tools need to be transferred as soon as possible into Main Street via open source projects and P2P global networking in the Informal or Prosumer Economy. Open sourcing- or the free sharing of information, bypasses the whole patent lock on new inventions. Any new patent that interfers with business-as-usual will not be granted.  That means any patent that takes us beyond centralized anything falls into that catagory.


Once this new, rapidly evolving, miniturized automated technology is purchased, only a small percentage of the money that used to be needed to purchase goods will then be necessary only for the raw materials.  To take advantages of economies of scale, many homes splitting the costs, bring the price down per household.  These technologies need to be conveniently located so that they are easily available to everyone using them. 


The Village Concept to Reduce the Individual Costs of Productive Resources:

I’m interested to collect a group of people together that would like to make the Prosumer Economy a center piece of the village created from scratch as an integrated demonstration project. When built from scratch, what seems to be the most ideal are a few hundred homes, integrated with as many productive resources in the village center as possible, then integrated globally with other villages with the an open source project focus.  I visualize this village with a clustered cohousing type residential areas with some common facilities within each residential cluster and a commercial village center somewhat in the center of all the housing clusters.  Hans Seyle who wrote the book, “Human Scale” pegs the upper end of village populations at around 520- which is about the maximum size where everyone can know every one elses name and the the limit before there needs to be a hierarchical structure.  A few hundred homes clustered in groups of 30-homes or so around a village center would come close to this maximum number.  Affordability is also a key issue. Small homes including shared facilities should cost $55,000 max.


1,000 EcoVillages with Core Technology for the Local Production of Things:

There is a group called Open Source Ecology that is now in the process of creating, what they have identified as 40 core technologies, that would be needed in each village to start the process of local production with global networking on open source projects and everyday basic needs.  They have a vision of 1,000 ecovillages all with these 40 core technologies.  Such a network would be a very powerful generator to help Main Street wean itself off of the corporate-political based system of jobs and money.


















Unemployment Becomes Impossible in a Prosumer Economy:

When individuals have access to add value to society without money, they bypass the need for a job.  This is not to say they cannot earn money with their efforts or all jobs are going to be eliminated in the near future, but money is not a limiting factor for them to put their talents to good use.  When miniturized manufacturing resources and globally networked projects link individuals to individuals without the intermediary of money, we shift from the formal to the informal or Prosumer Economy.  We bypass the need for money as the only way to grease the way for transactions to occur and contributing to society.  This direct individual-individual linkage gives unlimited entry opportunities for individuals to contribute to a better world with or without money or a job.


This shift in emphasis from production primarily at the large corporate level to production at the individual level is a major shift that has been stifled by large corporations keeping new innovative energy, medical, and other highly miniturized technologies off the shelf just because of the empowering nature they would have to free individuals from the grip of their large corporate centralized, control, profit and power.  This suppression has occurred by intimidation, threats, murder, the destruction of a person’s character through made-up scandles, and many other ways.  (See Steven Greer and Brian Leary in “Resources” below)


The Wall Street “Banksters” Have Drastically Limited Human Progress to a Fraction to What is Could Have Been:

There is a deliberately controlled and maintained concentration of power and knowledge in the hands of the few at the expense of the many.  In short, the whole Wall Street “bankster” group with Government suport, is holding Main Street hostage and hugely limiting human progress for Main Street.  Thanks to the internet, a global economic meltdown, the natural evolution of a Prosumer Economy and an increase in consciousness, this cannot last much longer.  People worldwide are starting to wake up to the fact that governments in collusion with large corporations do not have their best interests in mind.  There is more than enough for all of us to live in abundance when we all work together. 


Every year we gain more knowledge as humanity and yet economically, the world’s Main Street’s are becoming poorer and Earth’s ecosystems are becoming weaker.  Small national governments worldwide are going bankrupt at record rates.  In the US unemployment is at record levels and state and local governments all over are filing for bankruptsy as well.  This just doesn’t make logical sense from Main Street’s point of view, but it does from Wall Streets’ perspective.  Power, wealth and knowledge are being concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer.  Wars that are not reflected in the desires of the local residents are being waged more and more without Main Street’s consent.  Vast knowledge accumulated over time is being locked up used to create more powerful weapons to kill and control people.  Exotic financial schemes that are sucking resources out of Main Street and into the clutches of Wall Street have even increased since the global financial meltdown starting in 2008. 





















Look at www.DisclosureProject.org and see what amazing technology is currently available yet being intentionally withheld from Main Street so that centralized everything can keep the money and control flowing to a few at the expense of the many.  Technologies have been intentionally surpressed that can free all humanity from every possible problem that we are facing and rebuild Earth’s ecosystems at the same time.  This intentional suppression has got to end.  Change is difficult to initiate, however, when Main Street has lost it’s power to provide for even it’s most basic needs.  For Main Street to regain its power, it has to regain and control its manufacturing process, collectively shared knowledge base and self-sufficiency. 


Money is Intrinsically Stacked Against the Betterment of Main Street:

There is much more money to be made when all the ecological systems on earth are destroyed, sickness and disease, and war flourishes, which is Wall Streets agenda.  Main Street is progressively forced to pay Wall Street for clean air, pure water, pure food, soil amendments, all the medical costs that are created from a polluted Earth, and all the conflicts that arise (which support the weapons industry) because nobody has the local resources available to take care of themselves anymore.  More and more money becomes necessary to pay for what nature so naturally can provide when we don’t pollute and kill its systems.  This is the madness of the multi-national corporate-government collusion gone crazy, with only a profit and control motive at its heart. 




















These out of control global corporations, are bent on concentrating even more power and control with each passing day, and are creating a world in direct oppostion to what benefits Main Street.  Most everyone on Main Street can see cleary that something very basic is wrong with the world today. All Main Streets’, worldwide, really want is a better future for their families.  Yet with a controlled media and strong technology to keep the Main Street in confusion, it seems like a hopeless, out-of-control mess.  Main Street’s way out of increasing unemployment, declining wages, senseless wars, and ecological collapse is for it to communicate, design and create a new world by leapfrogging the current corrupt global corporations and governments which plaques almost every country on Earth.  Global open source projects, the shift to local, small-scale production, and bringing supressed technology to market is the way for Main Street to regain its freedom, independence and enter an age of self-suficient abundance.


Imagine a World of Peace, Progress and Prosperity Where we All Worked Together for the Betterment of All.....

We will very quickly pass, as a world community, beyond the need for money and jobs.  We will probably work only half as much and the work we would be involved in would be work that would engage our creativity.  With the unlimited sharing of all new technology, poverty and hunger quickly be eliminated and the world’s population quickly stabilize as it’s the world’s poor that have the largest birth rates since many of their children end up dying at an early age.


Pollution, disease, war, and poverty will be a thing of the past.  In their place, we will quickly re-establish a clean environment, healthy individuals, a peaceful and abundant society with resources sustainably used and distributed equally.  With abundance, money is no longer needed.  Money is only necessary when there are scarce resources that need to be allocated.  Resource wars would end as well as all the non-productive fields dealing with money manipulation- they just become irrelevant.


Along with money being obselete, jobs as we know them today, also become obsolete.  Most people have a built in desire to serve others.  Main Street will engage in project-based service that will utilize their creativity and innate interests.  It will not be repetitive drudgery which is characteristic of so many jobs today.  All the drudgery is taken over by automation, which is being fought at this point, because Main Street needs money via jobs to survive.  All the jobs involved in non-productive pursuits like finance (which now accounts for 1/3 of the US economy) and war are quickly eliminated and people’s skills, time and energy are channeled into those pursuits that improved the quality of life for all at no ones expense.  Useless and counterproductive jobs and businesses will naturally give way to endeavors that produce increased life-support for all people at the expense of none.


This scenario is hard to imagine because Main Street has been so conditioned to believe that scarcity, war, disease and pollution are natural and “just the way it is” here on Earth.  For those that look deeper into themselves, and their hopes and dreams for their family, they will find that it’s no different the world over.  Main Street just wants a better life for their children than they have. 


As I Have Been Traveling Around Central America I Notice Micro-Businesses Everywhere: 

The entrepenurial spirit is alive and easily available in Latin America.  There are no people standing on street corners with signs that read “Homeless, Need a Job- God Bless”.  Everyone works by doing their own little part in sharing what they have.  A small cart selling drinks.  Super-small shops everywhere selling food, produce, meat, textiles of all types, hardware, car accessories- and a myriad of other things, in shops many of them not more than just a 10’ by `10’ space or even a small cart or even smaller- hand held products being sold on busses, on beaches and just about everywhere people are.  Families and friends take care of each other.


Large here is not the driving force.  People pick berries along the road and sell them in the market.  They make wood products from wood harvested locally and sell them locally. They set up businesses right out of their homes, and if it’s food, they usually use their family kitchen bypassing any additional major expenses. Decentralization and frugality seem to make it so that everyone has enough.  It’s not the affluence that we have in developed countries but then these people are not in debt for a 30-year mortgage either.  In a few countries, like Ecuador, almost everything here is on a cash basis.  There is no debt strangling the local residents here.  Even cell phone plans are via pre-paid cards.  Autos, homes are all on a cash-only basis.


Small, decentralized transactions between individuals without the intervention of large corporations and excessive government regulations combined with no debt, are qualities of the Prosumer Economy.  Third world countries provide easy access for individuals to take the initiative.  Adding miniturized technology with the ease of transactions in third-world countries provides a

blueprint of what we might expect as Main Street takes the initiative to move robustly into the rapidly approaching Prosumer Economy.


Industrialized Countries wll Probably Lead in Developing a Prosumer Economy:

What I’ve noticed in Latin America is that they aspire to be like the US and Europe.  Bigger cars, bigger homes more consumer stuff.  It may be that a country has to experience the lack of fullfillment in having so much stuff before it can get onto the next step which is characterized by the Prosumer Economy.  Even though entrepreneurship floursihes in Latin America, I don’t see the innovation characterized by areas like the US and Europe.  Since this is a high-tech revolution, I believe it will require a high-tech society to create and impliment it.  Once created, it can be easily exported worldwide, but at this point, it looks to me like the Prosumer Economy will be first implimented in the US, Europe, and other countries entering the post-industrialized stage.


In “third-world” countries, there are many towns where there are strong western influences.  These towns will probably offer the best opportunities to introduce this new economy into these countries.  Maybe even to start prototypes in the first place.


The Prosumer Economy is a Worldwide Equalizer:

The technology and social netwoking involved in this revolution, does not depend on low-cost wage earners working in sweat shops.  It has nothing to do with money and jobs.  It is a great equalizer that will bring the same freedom and self-sufficient  abundance to “third world” countries as it will to industrialized ones.  This is a revolution that benefits all people at no ones expense.  The reason for this is that it capitalizes on the most renewable resource  we have- knowledge itself.  And not just knowledge that has been filtered and surpressed, but all knowledge worldwide.


For the first time in recorded history, humanity has the opportunity and evolutionary gift of finally working together.  This global cooperation will soon be seen not as a byproduct but the source of human progress. 

Links for The Prosumer Economy:



Articles:

Print Me a Stradivarius- the manufacturing technology that will change the world.”  The Economist.  February 12-18, 2011.  Cover Article.


The Small Workshop, Desktop Manufacturing and Household Production

ChapterFive.pdf

(Many of the resources below are from this amazingly well done article)


OSE Proposal- Toward a World Class Open-Source Research and Design Facility. Marcin Jakubowski. V.0.12

January 16, 2008. http://OpenFarmTech.org/OSE_Proposal.doc


First completely printed airplane takes to the skies:  http://www.zdnet.com/blog/emergingtech/worlds-first-printed-airplane-takes-to-the-skies/2673?tag=nl.e539



Books:

Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Software Movement.  Johan Soderberg. Routledge, 2008.

Human Scale, Kirkpatrick Sale.  Coward, McCann and Geoghegan.  1980

From Exchange to Contributions: Generalizing Peer Production into the Material World.  Version 1.01. Christian Siefkas.

    Berlin, October 2007.  Pages 104 - 105.

The Tom Peters Seminars: Crazy Times Call For Crazy Organizations.  Tom Peters.  New York.  1994

The Energy Solution Revolution.  Brian Leary.

Forbidden Knowledge, Hidden Truth.  Steven Greer

The Wealth of Networks: How Social Networks Transform Wealth and Freedom.  Yochai Benkler.  2006

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing.  Lisa Gansky.  Penguin Group, 2010

What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption - Hardcover (Sept. 14, 2010) by Rachel Botsman

FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop; From Personal Computing to Personal Fabrication.  Neil Forshenfeld. 2005.

Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth.  Juliet Schor.  2010

The Overworked American.  Juliet Schor.  1991


Blogs:

Dave Pollard.  Peer Prduction: How to Save the World.  October 28, 2005

http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2005/10/28.html#a1322


http://blog.p2pfoundation.net


A Few Open Source Projects:

Oscar (car production)

Openshot (Moon launch vehicle)

Lifetrac (Open Source Ecology’s (OSE) farm tractor built for $4,000 in parts rivals the best new $20,000 model)

Compressed Earth Block Press and Saw Mill (OSE)


Inexpensive Open-Source College Courses on Line:

www.StraighterLine.com


Open-Source Production Resources from Noisebridge.net:

Metalab of Vienna,

CBase of Berlin,

MAMA of Zagreb, and

ASCII of Amsterdam.

Hacklabs and

Hackerspaces dot Org.


Other Open-Source Resources:

www.p2pfoundation.net

www.guptaoption.com


3-D Printing Resources:

www.100KGarages.com

www.ShopBotTools.com

www.Ponoko.com

www.MakerBot.com

www.RepRap.com


Pioneering Well Known Companies Providing Platforms for P2P Linkages:

www.Amazon.com

www.Ebay.com

www.Craigslist.com


Suppressed Technology:

www.DisclosureProject.org


Integrated Manufacturing Systems:

www.OpenFarmTech.org

http://fab.cba.mit.edu/content/tools


Alternative News Sources:

www.Rense.com

www.WhatReallyHappened.com

www.rt.com


The Bigger Picture:

www.GrandRecognition.com

www.TrendsResearch.com

www.DavidIcke.com

www.PrisonPlanet.com


Housing:

www.CoHousing.org


The Prosumer Economy is a “Main Street Initiative” and Needs to be Embraced with Gusto


The financial system of today with centralized everything grounded on a baseless system of fiat paper money manipulation and a corrupt financial-military-industrial-government establishment cannot last much longer.  As it continues to break down, more people on Main Street will continue to be dislocated.  But we don’t need to wait for it to break down any further.  Let’s embrace a Prosumer Economy now. It integrates the decentralized global knowledge and resources of everyone on Earth in the spirit of sharing, cooperation and helping one another.  It allows Main Street to leapfrog the corrupt financial-military-corporate-governmental establishment that is centralizing wealth into the hands of fewer and fewer and spreads wealth equally amongst all people of the Earth.  Since this will eventually make Wall Street obselete, the initiative for its wide-scale implimentation must come from Main Street.  Iraq Veterans Against the War show how Main Street is starting to say no to Wall Street’s agenda:






















Here are two clips that bring home the power of Main Street when we all work together:




















When we start sharing and stop exposing ourselves to the scarring, we will begin to see real progress occur.  Main Street needs to stop its contraction from Wall Street’s intentional fear purpetration and start enjoying the expansion of the Oneness of our human family and all life on Earth simply by working together as one family.  Just look around and ask yourself, “Does this really make sense- more wars, more homelessness, more pollution, more resources wasted on killing others?” 


Do we really think the collusion between governments and corporations is ever going to have Main Street’s best interests in mind?  We don’t need to waste our time with anything other than developing a new system of production with Main Street in control of it’s own production.  This ground-up approach is the only way.  We need to stand together.  When Main Street is networked globally it is much more powerful than Wall Street, simply because with 6-billion people, there is almost infinite creativity and innovation available when worldwide sharing is seamless.  At that point, the global population works as one mind and our collective progress will be magnitudes greater than what it is today.


Just imagine all the resources that Wall Street uses to make money through money manipulation, wars, security, law inforcement, imprisonment and government that does nothing for Main Street except suck it dry.  Now imagine a world were all those resources are not wasted, but put to use in ways that improve the quality of life and in the spirit of cooperation, the betterment of all humanity and the cleaning up of Earth.  This is the hope and promise of Main Street initiating a Prosumer Economy with gusto!

A Main Street Initiative

Consciousness- The Basis of This Evolutionay Trend to A Prosumer Economy


Our technology and economy is rapidly, unstopably evolving to support everyone on Earth equally because our consciousness is changing, growing, and evolving.  We are remembering at the collective subconscious level, how we have lived previously in lives where we were beyond the need for money and jobs.  We are awakening from a sleep-walking amnesia that is quickly leaving us individually and collectively.  We are embracing a new reality that is not based on separation but unity, harmony and Oneness.


As this process is accelerating with each passing day, our physical world is changing to reflect our growing experience of a connection that will simultaneously lead us to the ultimate personal soverignty and freedom.  I have written about my experiences of this change in consciousness on the website www.GrandRecognition.com.  This is the real basis behind the change that is unfolding with humanity on Earth.  Physical reality mimics the consciousness that it exists in.  Sharing resources in a sustainable way is natural when we recognize our connection to everyone and everything else.

Growing Your Own Clothes

More Prosumer Resources

Innovation That Must Begin Both By and For Main Street