Is Open Source, Decentralized Technology the Answer to Creating Robust Abundance and Better Environmental Stewardship?

This is my ongoing effort to provide a full curated index showcasing the projects, players, tools and the concepts that can be used to “roll your own” platform and build a better society. This site also focuses on highlighting the errors of prohibition and how a voluntary society can overcome the violence and corruption that stifles our societies today.

These are key elements for a much more peaceful and robust society. We are living in possibly the most transformative time in human history. We have the tools to explore this new frontier and explore we shall.

What is Open Source?

A project is Open Source when its code base is public and editable, often hosted on Github.

It turns out, these tools and concepts can be applied to help you take control of anything you want. It may have started with software (wiki), but voluntary choice and peer-to-peer collaboration is now enabled and gaining momentum in just about every aspect of life: communications (wiki), education (wiki), food (wiki), governance (wiki), healthcare (wiki) makers (wiki), prohibition (wiki), property (wiki), security (wiki), software (wiki), trade (wiki), and travel (wiki).

Wherever communities come together to solve a problem, open source can provide a way to collaborate for a solution that can be shared and improved upon.

We are already starting to see a proliferation of maker spaces and markets operating organically and sustainably by community activists using these tools and technologies. These maker spaces are beginning to displace the current mainstream ways and means by showing us a better way to get things done.

What does Decentralized Mean?

Blockchain is the best example of decentralized technology right now. Remember, decentralized does not necessarily mean open. A blockchain can be decentralized, but not open.

Community (local) markets can decentralized.

Would Eliminating all Prohibition Create a More Peaceful and Prosperous Society?

This is a tough question and my opinion is that the answer may be counter intuitive, but the reality is that prohibition of anything makes everything worse.

We can’t be letting people cut elephant tusks off because there is a victim. Likewise, we can’t be prohibiting the ownership of things, as there is no victim in that. A crime has a victim.