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)
- [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.
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
- sharism.org 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.
- sharism.org 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:
http://sharism.org http://freesouls.cc/essays/07-isaac-mao-sharism.html http://freesouls.yeeyan.org/sharism-a-mind-revolution
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 waveforms block diagram functional description
List of reasons for copyleft hardware Al Johnson community list: reasons for open hardware, transfer to wiki http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2009-September/055104.html
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