The idea of an open source society isn’t new In fact the concept has been practised since the early 1960s with the culture at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory until the decline of the Hacker culture in the the late 1970s to the early 1980s. This was an open community of software developers where the work and governance was under the control of the broader community. this community was the environment that shaped Richard Stallman’s views on software development.
When Proprietary started to gain wide scale use in MIT Richard Stallman went on and founded the GNU project to build the GNU operating system. As the components of the OS began to be developed they started to be used by other software developers who would add and contribute to the development of the software eventually a community started to form an Open community.
in 1991 Linus Torvalds released the Linux Kernel under the GNU General Public Licence developed by Richard Stallman for the GNU project. In the first year a small community formed around it and started to rap the GNU components. By 1999 the GNU/Linux community had grown into the millions and yet had no central governance it was broken down into smaller groups some with no leader at all and some with a group leader and others where in fact businesses with an internal community that would act externally as well.
The entire GNU/Linux community would act as one signal entity at times. This would occur in the form of communication ether via IRC chat rooms, mailing lists and web forums and this continues to this day and its the reason that GNU/Linux conquered the Computing world. It conquered the world by using an Open Source Society.
Now the idea of an Open Source Society is one of collective knowledge and collaboration one that is resistant to damage from external forces. Microsofts history with trying to destroy and stop the Use of GNU/Linux through anti-competitive propaganda which still goes on to this day and still uptake in the use of the operating system.
It is a system that reinforces individual independence while encouraging the construction of a healthy community. If this was applied to Christchurch communities before the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes the start of the recovery would have seen a faster uptake and execution making the community more immune to disaster. one example would be a self organizing community was seen with the student army. The use of Meshnet based internet a technology that is less likely to be disrupted during a natural disaster would help reinforce this communication.
The use of an Open Source Society in Cooperative manufacturing would allow the use of robotic manufacturing of product while keeping the wealth in the hands of the workers. the current robotic manufacturing is owned and controlled by large corporate bodys who are only interested in profit rather than its workers best interests. the use of Open Source technology in cooperative manufacturing would allow the workers to own the production system and work with less intensive labour.
An example would be large scale 3D printer based manufacturing with human maintenance and quality control workers allowing workers to more productive and give them the power to innovate the production process.
In an Open Source Society with a strong community incentive would help reduce the crime rate as community members being more engaged in maintaining civil society through community controlled group activity’s to build a better mind set and stronger individual relationship with other members of their community.
In many communities today the main cause of crime comes from the break down of community involvement and encouragement in rolls within the community and the lack of employment for workers.
An Open Source Society would reduce crime, produce jobs and would advance technology through strengthening community.