The SENSORICA community is designing, producing, and distributing high tech solutions in the sensing industry. We are thriving on open (source) innovation. We implement commons-based peer production system.
We now have very efficient, effective, and low cost tools that allow many-to-many communication, coordination and collaboration. Communication, coordination and collaboration have been released from spatial and temporal constraints. We are also developing powerful information processing tools, and we are automating logistics. These new tools and processes have a profound impact on our systems of value production and distribution.
Classical organizations show clear signs of being stressed by the rapid advance of technology. Structurally, they cannot keep up with the speed of innovation and lose their relevance on the market. Large firms fight this problem by acquiring innovative startups. Our goal is to create a hyper-innovative organization that can also adapt to fast changes in the new environment.
After the collapse of communism and its associated economic system, we are now withnessing the collapse of capitalism. The corporation, essentially a feudal and a tyrannical power structure, is totally miss-aligned with our core modern values. It is factually responsible for wars and environmental disasters, for depleting our natural resources, for destroying social cohesion, and for decreasing our creative capital. We need to build an new type of work environment, and a new system of production and distribution of value.
SENSORICA is designing and implementing a network resource planning and value accounting system (NRP-VAS), which is similar to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, but designed for network-type organizations, and augmented by a module that allows every contribution to a project to be accounted for and translated into equity. Anyone in the world can contribute to projects, which are open like any other open source (hardware and software) project. All contributions of different types (time, monetary, materials, etc), small or large, are logged. Revenue from projects is distributed to all the contributors based on a value equation. An OVN operates in the long tail mode of production.
The SENSORICA OVN can be seen as a mix between a gift economy and a free market economy. Our contribution-based revenue model allows us to eliminate friction between passion-driven members and revenue-driven members.
All the processes within the SENSORICA OVN are very low barrier to entry and entirely transparent, not only to SENSORICA affiliates, but also to the rest of the world. This insures a high rate of exchange with the environment.
Communication, coordination, and collaboration infrastructure
Most of our curret infrastructure is built by integrating Google services, which are very user friendly, but not so versatile. Access to create content and structure is key to emergent organiztions. Therefore, we have decided to sacrifice the look and feel over ease of use. Having all the content on Google's platform, all in one place, constitutes a risk and it is not fully compatible with the peer-to-peer nature of our organization. New development in peer-to-peer infrastructures like Ethereum and MaidSafe will allow us to improve our situatuin in the near future.
All important activities revolve around our website. This might change in the future, as our network builds bridges with other open communities.
At this moment, we are using mailing lists, forums and social media outlets for communication.
Some communication is notshared with the entire world. This constitutes a membrane around SENSORICA. We also interface with other open value networks; most of them being gift economies. We are using their communication systems in conjunction with ours to allow inter-network many-to-many communication.
To address the general population, we use social media (mostly Twitter, Facebook), and video sharing websites, like Youtube.
Shared coordination tools
We use Google Calendar, which is also integrated with our website. To schedule meetings we are use Doodle.
Shared project management tools
We have experimented with a variety of free online tools for project management like Trello, Cyn.in and others. In 2014 we started to transition to our own tools, which are part of the NRP-VAS.
Shared database & knowledge base
At this moment, we are using Google Docs and Diigo (see our Diigo SENSORICA knowledge base) to co-create content and to share it within the network. MaidSafe might will allow us to move away from the cloud into the p2p space for content management.
Governance and decision making
SENSORICA is a open value network. It is an environment in which ideas, initiatives, and projects compete with for resources and individuals cooperate. Decision making processes within SENSORICA are distributed. See more.
Value accounting and exchange system
The NRP-VAS allows SENSORICA members to record their work and to evaluate it. This informs our contribution-based reward mechanism, which redistributes revenue according to everyone's contribution.
All open and decentralized organizations need reputation systems. It is important to have access to members' activities and to how every member is viewed by other members. This is a key ingredient for self-organization and for maintaining a creative and productive environment.
This system describes roles of community members. It automatically pulls data from the value accounting system, where members record their activities, analyses this data and outputs visuals (charts, etc.), displaying important functional nodes within the network. The role system is critical to incite voluntary subordination and to inform decision making.
R&D and design
SENSORICA is pushing the limits of online collaboration to eliminate geographical barriers for shared scientific experimentation. We are building an open labonline network.
A labonline is a physical lab containing instruments that can send data over the Internet in real time and can provide remote real time access to control instruments. This enables individuals (a team of experts with different skills) from different locations around the world to share experiences in real time. An open labonline network is a network of open physical labs. This network relies on an infrastructure for data storage and exchange. We are building an open labonline network by networking a SENSORICA-facilitated open lab oriented towards optics, lasers, and optical fiber sensors applications, with other complementary hackerspaces and fab labs. See more.
We are designing and implementing a p2p service system. We want to provide as much control over our services to our customers as possible, and to give them the chance to play an active role in shaping/improving our products and services. Read more and follow the development.
SENSORICA is a revenue-based, commons-based peer production system. Our ability to interface with open software and hardware communities, as well as with hackerspaces around the world allows us to increase the speed of innovation and the speed to market. By integrating opwn source technologies and by using open source design methodologies we reduce costs and offer better quality custom products, with a better lifecycle.