Step One: Articulating our assumptions and inviting others to do the same
Below is the list we started building during our first skype call. Feel free to add your own!
A1. There is lack of cooperation between different people, groups, and organisations building pieces we need for a decentralised future.
A2. People don’t know what network topologies are. (I – Alberto – don’t understand why this is here and who you mean by “people”)
A3. There is a need to make projects that answer to common needs (like attractive alternatives to google docs, or skype that work for mainstream users).
A4. Most value is in small scale regime open source projects (need examples to substantiate the claim), and they are missing something to draw engagement from developers and users… incentives are missing.
A5. Most support goes to large scale projects like Linux or Firefox.
A6. Large open source projects live in a different world with large scale dynamics from most small open source projects.
A7. Physical infrastructure for peer production (e.g. given was Fablabs) is underfunded.
A8. Very few understand what peer production is.
A9. Physical infrastructure is needed to support work on open source projects.
A10. Big companies are becoming more inefficient because you no longer need scale for production, so they are losing jobs.
A11. Small companies (and projects) is where jobs are being produced.
Step two: collaboratively investigating whether our assumptions are valid
Any suggestions for how we rigorously test our assumptions? Assuming we have no other resources than our brains, our friends and a couple of social media accounts?