Inspired by Derek Sivers I’m opening up my secret project folder. Below you will find all of my existing as well as imaginary projects and ideas for how the world can become a better place.
If you want to work with me to make one of these projects a reality please do get in touch with me, or just get inspired and do it on your own.
Open source and decentralized knowledge repository
I haven’t yet clarified in what form this knowledge repository will be, but the value to humanity and above all future generations will be massive.
Wikipedia is worthless to humanity. Why? Because it is largely made up of irrelevant dates, names, and superficial knowledge. And the history you’ll find there is largely a history of war and state oppression, and it’s largely the story of the winners that is being told.
What would be really useful and really worthy of being recorded is practical knowledge, a manual for civilization if you will. This will be the manual for Spaceship Earth that Buckminster Fuller famously said is missing.
What kind of knowledge should be added to this repository?
All knowledge required to live free, independent, and happy lives. Knowledge for a global, decentralized civilization.
How to forage, grow and preserve food
How to build homes out of local materials
How to create and sustain a local economy
How to generate electricity and keep your home warm
How to stay healthy and heal yourself with natural herbs and holistic treatments
How to secure your home and community
How to educate your kids
A database of all known edible, medicinal, and otherwise ueful plants, herbs and trees
…and much more
This is a massive undertaking and not something I can pull off alone, because I want this to happen within my lifetime.
I’m more thinking about how such a knowledge repository can be organised and practically developed.
Github for open source things
Github’s tagline is “Build software better, together.”
The tagline for this “Thinghub” would be “Build physical things better, together.”
Just as you can share code on Github and get input and improvements from thousands of other people, this “Thinghub” would be used to share plans and instructions for building physical things.
You’ll find building plans for a chair or a house, patterns for sewing the ultimate t-shirt or jeans, etc., and anyone can “fork” the building plans and improve it.
Visual learning interface
Reading books is still the #1 way of learning new knowledge, and it’s been this way for many hundred of years (although for a long time only for the privileged group of society who could read). Before that knowledge was passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth and practical hands-on demonstrations.
Now, we might not be able to download information straight to our brains yet as in the Matrix movies, but there has to be a better, faster, and more effective way of learning, right?
That’s what I’m looking into.
P2P decentralized CMS
A publishing platform such as WordPress but totally peer-to-peer and uncensorable. Prototypes similar to my thoughts are starting to spring up here and there, for example Bitmessage (send encrypted messages to one or many people) and twister (peer-to-peer twitter clone), both based on the Bitcoin protocol.
Open Source Neighbourhood Security App
A map-based app that makes it easy to plan, coordinate and maintain a neighbourhood security watch.
Geo-location based cloud storage / communication
Upload/download files or communicate with people based on your physical location.
E.g. files/messages can only be seen and accessed in a certain radius, based on your GPS coordinates or Long/Lat. Depending on the share permission of the data you will see a list of files or message threads.
While I’m not sure about the usefulness of a service such as this there’s a couple interesting things about the idea:
- It would add an interesting layer to digital privacy and security. If you can only access files in the cloud while being in a certain physical location it will add another layer of security compared to just using a password. The GPS coordinates could be used somehow along with the password to decrypt the data, but that goes far beyond my knowledge about encryption.
- In such a globalized world it could make local communication more visible and lead to a tighter community.
Reputation database + social network visualizer