You Are Allowed

Most organizations (even society) publish a set of rules to guide how they want their people to act inside the organization. More often than not, most of these rules tell us what not to do.

Don't lie. Don't steal. Don't use the copy machine after 8pm. Don't use company resources for personal use. I think offering a set of rules is a good thing - they help maintain order inside an organziation. Understanding the value of such guidance, I recently issued a set of rules to my team. But there's a catch. In our organization, there will be no rules to tell us what not to do. Rules that tell us what not to do hold people back. Instead the rules should help push people forward. In our group, the rules consist of a list of the things that are allowed. It's called the Allowed List, and this is what it says.

You are allowed to:
1. Make the decision you think is the right decision to make
2. Start something that needs to be started to help advance the cause
3. Ask for help whenever you want it
4. Help others whenever you can (even if they don’t ask for it)
5. Take time off to do something that inspires, excites and energizes you
Everyone decides to support the project SIAR is expected to follow these rules and everyone is expected to hold theothers accountable to them. Afterall, if we didn't follow the rules...there'd be chaos.

Allowed List of: Simon SInek  yes

RE*CAMPAIGN - Propagating Freedom of Knowledge for FLOSH

Last week Tuomo Tammenpää, Alison Powell and I met in Bergen/Norway at Piksel11. The primary reason to visit Piksel11 was a scheduled afternoon working session on free/libre open source hardware (FLOSH) and OHANDA  together with any Piksel-participants we could lure in.

OHANDA workshop at Piksel11

This turned out to be intensive three days of brainstorming instead. We started with extending our understanding of FLOSH to include all possible and impossible product categories (handcrafted, engineered, recepies and design). This was followed by communication-design-sprint for making the whole thing more understandable for the infamous “larger audience”. Three people, three days of work, and the result was "re*ables" - or just reables. In our opinion this is a strong candidate for a sound replacement for the tongue twisting and very long "free/libre open source hardware". Also "hardware" is referring strongly to electronics only - a least outside English speaking countries. Tuomo spend a lot of time framing the new ideas into design. Please have a look at our first results for the RE*CAMPAIGN.

Invitation Book Launch Open Design Now - DMY Berlin - Thu 2 June 2011

Open Design Now; Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive will be launched internationally during DMY International Design Festival Berlin, on the 2nd of June.

Host is Marcus Fairs, one of the most influential and knowledgeable figures on the international architecture and design scene. He is founder and editor-in-chief of and author of the books Twenty-First Century Design and Green Design. Fairs will give his view on open design and discuss the implications and the meaning of open design with authors and editors of the book:

Ronen Kadushin (designer), Michelle Thorne (Mozilla), Tommi Laitio (Domus), Marleen Stikker (Waag Society), Jürgen Neumann (Ohanda), Gabrielle Kennedy (, Bas van Abel (Waag Society), Roel Klaassen (Premsela), Lucas Evers (Creative Commons) and Hendrik-Jan Grievink (designer of the book)

You can join the book launch of Open Design Now at Berlin’s new creative hub, Planet Modulor. Of course drinks and music will be open source too!

Open Design Now is the result of a collaboration between Creative Commons Netherlands, Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, and Waag Society, Institute for Art, Science & Technology.

Thursday 2 June
17.00 – 19.30 hr
Doors open at 16.30 hr

Planet Modulor
Moritzplatz 1
Kreuzberg, Berlin

More info

Aart Helder, Project Manager: helder{at}premsela{dot}org
Special Offer!
Order Open Design Now for only € 24,95 (including shipping in The Netherlands) before 1 July Of course the book will be for sale at the book launch too.

User Innovation Rules!

While big companies like Nokia are obviously struggling with their R&D and product strategies, the field of user / hacker driven innovation is quite recently gaining massive momentum. As a current UK study underlines, in aggregate, consumers’ annual product development expenditures are 2.3 times larger than the annual consumer product R&D expenditures of all firms in the UK combined.

The traditional DIY movement may be associated more with housewares, but todays hobby engineers are designing rocket science – as literally can be found at the c-base open moon project . The “commoonity” is keen to launch a moon lander – the c-rove – as part of Google’s lunar-X-prize project . The global competition, the largest in history, was announced in September 2007, with a winner projected by 2015.

No wonder the digital ®evolution isdefinitely key to this latest development. Here is a good example: Very few years ago chip design was a million dollar consuming business with hangar filling production and testing equipment. But todays hackers only need to spend a few hundred euros to simply write their home-brew chip designs in cheap software programmable FPGAs. And as with other software, the code can be licensed with copy-left licenses and simply be shared over the Internet. You can find hundreds of open chip designs at, whose main objective is to design and publish core designs under a license for hardware modeled on the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) for software. As stated on their website, they are committed to the ideal of freely available, freely usable and re-usable open source hardware.

But unfortunately copyleft licenses like the GPL or CC licenses can not be shifted to the physical world as such. As copyleft is legally based on copyrights, it cannot be applied to the materialized world of products in the end. Just recently a larger group of people including Ayah Bdeir from MIT Media Lab, David Mellis – Lead Programmer Arduino, Benjamin (Mako) Hill – Board member of FSF, Dale Dougherty – founder of MAKE Magazine, John Wibanks – VP Science at Creative Commons and many others, came up with a version 1.0 of their Open Source Hardware Definition. While the definition still not solves the copyleft principals of descent preserving the license itself, which would be so important, it is a very impressive step to clarify the term itself. Still another crucial aspect in the wider field of licensing hardware may be, that many of it’s underlaying principles and designs are held in the public domain if not in questionable patents.

“IF YOU DESIGN IT 4 FREEDOM, THEN LABEL IT WITH THE 4 FREEDOMS!” claims the Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance – OHANDA. The international group that initially formed at the GOSH! – Grounding Open Source Hardware Summit at the Canadian Banff Centre in July 2009, wants to establish a standard with a label for all kinds of open source hardware. Referring to the 4 freedoms of the FSF Free Software Definition, by applying the label to the product, the producer grants the 4 freedoms to the rest of the world, so that everyone shall legally improve, copy, manufacture, mass-produce and redistribute it. Since it’s launch earlier this year, and interesting variety of things can already be found registered on the projects website. Just recently Twibright Labs – a group around Karel Kulhavy an three other computer science graduates of the Faculty of Math and Physics from Charles University in Prague – joined the alliance. And in Q2/2011 the Canadian Avencall Group want to market their first commercial open hardware VoIP appliance XIVO PBX registered with OHANDA.

Meet Jürgen Neumann & Tuomo Tammenpää during Camp Pixelache on Saturday March 12  and discuss how user innovation can save Finland!
Category: Pixelache Festival Modified: March 11, 2011

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