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[edit] What Is Sharism?

7 billion people share planet Earth, with millions of species of vertebrates, plants, mushrooms, algae, insects, crustaceans, bacteria, fungi and many we hardly know about. Sharism is the culture of sharing, a balance between people and environment, to be together to overcome deficiencies that are preventing us from reaching our true potential, harmony between all people and our planet. Humans are toolmakers, Sharism beckons a time of reflection to avoid destroying the foundations of life on Earth. Tools are extensions of the human mind, we share our experiences, how and when and where. We share our knowledge, we self-organize. Our economic activity creates benefits for people and environment. How can it be that people can make money building weapons? How can it be that birds are more free than humans? How can it be that the rich are not ashamed of their wealth and start sharing until they become one of us? Work is done by the people, for the people. When taking something, we remember to ask what we can give back. We value fairness and equality.

Sentiment was accorded equal value as the enlightening postulate of reason. The description of feelings in literature and fine arts was an invitation to share experiences and created a sense of community and commitment to responsible moral behavior. (from The Art of Enlightenment, Beijing)

Further Reading:

[crustaceans] David Foster Wallace (2004), Consider the Lobster, Gourmet Magazine
[self-organization] Elinor Ostrom (1990), Governing the Commons, Cambridge University Press
[knowledge] Elinor Ostrom (2006), Understanding Knowledge as a Commons, The MIT Press
[rich] Peter Singer, If we can prevent something bad without sacrificing anything of comparable significance, we ought to do it;
[public and private data] Steven Levy and Wau Holland (1980's), Take advantage of public data, protect private data., Hacker Ethics
  • Copying is an act of love. Please copy and share. Senses. Slow fidelity. The more you share the more you earn. Share to gain.
  • Sharism is when everybody not only has a chance to spend money, but also to make money.
  • be yourself. materialism, mind and senses.
  • what a mess here, this needs to be cleaned up into Sharism explanation, copyleft hardware explanation, etc.

Sharism Ltd. is a Hong Kong based technology designer, which introduced the Ben NanoNote pocket computer in 2010 and the Milkymist One video synthesizer in 2011.

Sharism ideology

no: computer, hardware, software, open, copyleft, copyright
our stuff is friendlier to the environment and people, equality and fairness
don't just take - ask what you can give back
by the people, for the people
work together to create something better
own your data, run your own server, publish yourself
mine and yours. being rich is a crime, but we forgive the rich and hope they will discover
 the joy of sharing, give away their wealth for good cause until they become one of us.
if you are asked friendly, answer friendly.
keep public data open, private data private (ccc reference) "Protect private data, exploit public data"
talk about how we feel, don't ask just do it, no corporations, no lawyers, no ndas, other culture
hw vs. sw
 hardware gets more expensive, software gets cheaper
 hardware is physical, software conceptual
 hardware cannot be updated, software can be updated
 software can be replicated at near zero cost, it exists in abundance, it travels at the speed of light, there are
 ethical reasons to mandate free software
 software is democratic, gives power to the people, is easy to customize, easiest way to go from idea to implementation
 software creates continuity, hardware does not
 hardware requires volume (=large ongoing investments) for great innovations, in software 1 person can innovate over 1 weekend
 there's not much you can do with an iPhone
 don't pick companies, pick solutions to problems
 put people and environment in the middle, sell to individuals
 use the weapons of your enemies
 the next big industry is not software or Internet, it's people
 tools are an extension of the human brain
 we share how we use our products, where we use them, successes and failures
 software innovation is expressed in free source code, hardware innovation in an improved physical good
 is there software inside the hardware? why is the software not free software?
 imagine a html5/css/javascript chip, lots of software inside. good or bad?
 what materials and vendors does a designer use? what's the center of thinking for the designer? the individual!
  make only what we need ourselves, what we understand
  we don't use a closed html5/css/javascript chip because it doesn't feel good. same for wifi - doesn't feel good.
 analog or digital: both
 if we sell something, it's because we love those products and we believe they could serve others to discover sharism
 we like to work with other people that live the sharism culture, because it creates feedback loops
   into our products and helps us get better. join and experience yourself.
sharism is hardware with long life expectancy where software can easily be updated throughout its entire lifetime
 : DISAGREE : if short life expectancy is good then why not? is this core? long life better
   than anything? isn't 100% recycling more important? price?
hardware that is easy to update
Sharism Ltd. technology designer - core competencies
 efficient manufacturing process
 hw/sw boundaries are fluid, decided case by case
 combine the best properties of both sides
 buy low/sell high: 1) free software 2) buy hw from suppliers that do not invest against the continuity
 few products, long term support
 platform is free software platform built from source
 understand value of hardware and software standards
 everything that can be open shoudl be open
 try to align with investments of suppliers
 create people feedback loops
share what you can share, sharing is voluntary
qi servers = tools, projects server, bug tracker, downloads/updates, wiki, rss, etc.
sharism works equally with analog and digital technology
sharism hardware means fair wages for all workers, down to the raw materials. respect for the limited resources of our planet.
copyleft hardware as an expression is the wish that there should be no closed software embedded in hardware
  • quotes

dwarfs on the shoulders of giants. which giants? Elinor Ostrom (self organization), Linus Torvalds (having fun), Richard Stallman (ethics)

We specialize in hardware that is a perfect match for free software.
in the long run, trading freedom for convenience is always a bad deal
copyleft hardware means you don't pay for proprietary software
some like to collect as much data as possible, we like to collect as little as possible
we still think of technology companies like garage companies
  • homepage

SHARISM is a Mind Revolution: The more you share, the more you receive. It is a ideology which promotes the sharing culture and economy as a way of thinking. While it is connected to Free and Open Source Software, Creative Commons, Free Culture, social, and Open Web Movements, it is a superset around sharing as an increase of collective social intelligence.

  • about page

SHARISM is a Mind Revolution: The more you give, the more you get. The more you share, the more you are shared. Sharism is an ideology for our Internet Age. It is a philosophy piped through the human and technological networks of Free and Open Source software. It is the motivation behind every piece of User-Generated Content. It is the pledge of Creative Commons, to share, remix and give credit to the latest and greatest of our cultural creations. Sharism is also a mental practice that anyone can try, a daily act that beckons a future of increased social intelligence. It should not go unnoticed that a superabundance of community respect and social capital are being accumulated by precisely those who share.

Sharism is operative in the very workings of the human mind. Our model of the functional mechanism of the nervous system shows it to be one which shares activity and information via interconnected networks of neurons through patterns of feedback. This has profound implications for the creative process. Whenever you have an intention to create, you will find it easier to generate more creative ideas if you keep the sharing process firmly in mind. You can engineer a process of creative feedback to generate even more ideas in return.

The rapid emergence of social applications that can communicate and cooperate are allowing more and more people to output content from one service to another in a creative ecosystem. This interconnectedness spreads memes through multiple online social networks, which can reach a global audience and position social media as a true alternative to broadcast media. These new technologies are reviving Sharism in our closed culture. The missing pieces are open source hardware and software services that enable true freedom from top to bottom in the entire communication stack.

One legal concern is that any loss of control over copyright will lead to noticeable deficits in personal wealth, or loss of creative freedom. But today's sharing environment is more protected than you might think. Many new social applications make it easy to set terms-of-use along your sharing path (such as selecting Creative Commons licenses or privacy settings). Any infringement of those terms will be challenged not just by the law, but by your community. Your audience, who benefit form your sharing, can also be the gatekeepers of your rights.

Through emergent mobile communications technologies, we can generate higher connectivities and increase the throughput of our social links. The more open and strongly connected we are, the better the sharing environment will be for all people. The more collective our intelligence, the wiser our actions will be.

Sharism promises to be the politics of the next global superpower. It will not be a country, but a new human network joined by social software. We can integrate our current and emerging democratic systems with new collaborative technologies, which will allow us to query, share and remix information for the public benefit. The future of democracy is real-time, and always online. Sharism is the inspiration that brings it all together.

For more information:

If everybody draws one line, together we can draw the whole schematics

 (also cartoon idea)

good hardware documentation

if it's not maintainable, don't build it
 schematics PDF
 PCB picture, PCBA picture
 component layout drawing
 block diagram
 functional description

List of reasons for copyleft hardware Al Johnson community list: reasons for open hardware, transfer to wiki

   end user: because I want to be able to fix or modify stuff I buy, not rely on the whim of the manufacturer
   longer answer: Products are rarely exactly what I want, and I'm not afraid to

modify them to get what I'm after. Access to mechanical and electrical dessign documentation makes this both easier and more effective. With software-based products the openness is more necessary. My TV contains some GPL software, but nobody has worked out how to build a complete firmware image, let alone load one, so I can't readily fix any of the niggles or add features.

Also I hate arbitrary limitations and designed obsolescence. Phones are a good example; why should I need to buy a new handset to get a feature the existing hardware is capable of, and supposed to have, but doesn't because of botched firmware the manufacturer has decided not to fix? Why is this simple software feature only available on the 'pro' model at 3 times the price, or not available at all?

Finally I find the faults somehow less irritating when I know I could fix them if I could be bothered.

Small scale commercial answer: because custom software on an existing open platform can make small market niches commercially viable when they wouldn't be otherwise.

The main reason is to provide financial support to companies that support my ideals rather than to those that undermine them.

   Elinor Ostrom: allow for self-organization
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