FarmHack RISD – Meta Notes The Need Develop a template Communicate the design process Tools exist at an industrial scale Scale them down Less power/ capital intensive These aren’t new ideas Find the market Network of farmers Fab lab – nuture business Demand Root washer - $50 materials + $20/hr*50 hrs Instructibles.com Open source is about reputation, not monetary compensation Framework for designing and producing cheap, scale appropriate, local tools Accessibility – open source design Inspiring precedent – amish/Mennonite, local motors, instructibles.com, bio-gas Industrial manufacturing does not serve community scale farming Farmers can DIY – or create a sector of small scale manufacturing Farmhack is a social technology, like CSA Define the market Support current processes Sustainable businesses perpetuate themselves Profit is secondary to purpose “fair rate” of return There currently isn’t a model to make this profitable Local economies shape their own destinies – autonomy Expand market share of local food Production Communicating design document Business model – for production Create incentives to work with universities – template Get over the hump of manufacturing the first prototype – kickstarter? Model Publish designs for free Sell kits Sell finished product Forum to figure out financing 2 phases – R &D and manufacturing – need business models for both Pooling resources – finding common needs Relationship building required In person – build the brain trust Validates online interaction Building reputation Website is simply a venue for making themselves available Lists of designs People and their skills User profiles? List yourself as a contact for a tool List of tools with people – flip it! – list of people with tools This is like etsy
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