Can we apply the principles of open source technology to manufacturing, to help usher in a new economic frontier? The people's economy?
Open Tech Forever, a cooperatively-owned social enterprise, believes the answer is yes. The group is working to raise $50,000 to build an Open Source Factory—a "transparent, worker-owned, R&D and manufacturing business that freely shares all the information about its designs, techniques, tools, and materials."
Open source hardware could be a revolutionary tool for unlocking our shackles to profit motivated, proprietary innovation. It has a vision to alleviate poverty through empowering decentralized and affordable, small scale production. Participants anywhere in the world can use the internet to access, improve, or adapt designs for local manufacturing and drastically increase the rate of innovation.