Other Skills

The Problem –

Often, people have things they need to do or ideas they want to flesh out but not the skill set nor the resources to achieve this task.  Although some ideas are so revolutionary they merit the creation of new business and the people who have them desire to start these new endeavors, many ideas are just simple ways of solving ordinary problems or the people who have them have no interested in creating businesses of their own around them.

Other people just want a new hobby or a place to tinker and a community to tinker with.

The problem is, these people do not have the money to, or do not want to spend it on, rent or dues to a shop or other facility that would let them carry out these desires.  Any barrier to attending an event or accessing a resource makes a wall that will turn some away.


The Solution –

Have the shop that we create be open to all without a fee and maintain regular hours throughout the week and hopefully weekend and have anyone who needs help be able to get training in the use of machinery.  The only requirement will be some onetime basic safety training and a liability waiver being signed saying that the safety training has been given and the individual understands the risks involved.

Other Work

The Problem –

The current economic need to compete against one another, in addition to external forces, means that many people get the short end of the stick.  We live in a culture that places an emphasis on speed, profit, and appearance and not sustainability, durability, wisdom or how much something is valuable to everyone involved.  This is the main reason for the growing income disparities in many cultures.  As long as there is the desire to win at the expense of others and have money as a one dimensional, linearly denominated, fixed asset, there will be tremendous inequality in the world.


The Solution –

One solution is to create a network of cooperatively run businesses that can mentor people with their own inventions until the their business idea is realized and can be made into something that is valuable to the world.  They will then iterate on this collaborative model by starting their own cooperative.  Founders of a cooperative and other people invested in an idea full time will be seen as “Operative Members” or simply Members while people affiliated with a current coop but also working their own endeavors will be seen as “Associate Members” or simply Associates.  Each associate will spend approximately half their time working with existing Operative Members and half their time turning their own ideas into actionable procedures toward the attainment of a viable product or service.  Because they will be working for an existing coop part of their time, associates will be paid a stipend instead of needing to cough up an inordinate sum in loans or tuition as they would in the standard way of learning and business growth.  When the person has gained enough knowledge and skill and advanced their own project sufficiently, they will either start their own cooperative, thus iterating on this model, or join as a member of an existing cooperative, if the ideas this member has been working on are in line with the mission of that cooperative.

Other Food

The problems –

Many people are not aware of how to make good healthy food, or more than likely, do not have time or interest to focus on it.  Still others do one have access to low cost good healthy food (or do not know how to find it).

Many people like thinking up and creating new dishes but don’t like all the busy work and monotony that is entailed in cleaning up and doing prep work.  Other people (or the same people) have an interest in robotics and tinkering and maybe an artistic eye.

©Platform21 a design studio in Amsterdam

The solution –

Create a restaurant powered by robots.  The goal would be a Rube Goldberg style restaurant at first, that the cooks, cleaners, and wait staff are whimsical robots.  The food would be of sustainable original (and of unusual origin ex. entomophagy, algae burgers, moringa [a tree] leaf salad) and eventually could be tweaked to fit the palate of repeat customers based on AI.  The robots would be created by community members (students and anyone else interested in getting involved) and the raw food ingredients would be locally sourced as much as possible.

Some of the Rube Goldberg style robots would then be refined into mass producible products to automate the home and their creators would (or more could) spin them off into sister cooperative businesses using the “Other Work” model.