Reflection: IP vs OSD

There is a reason this class is called Open Source Design for the Common Good, because that’s who it benefits.

As we’re learning through our Food Computer project, OSD isn’t always as straight forward as it sounds. Directions are unclear, the materials list is incomplete, etc. But if we can get it right, if we write our directions in a way where the average citizen can understand them, we can empower individuals across the world.

Open Source gives individuals the power to rise above their circumstances, which maybe for generations have confined them to poverty. Open Source is crucial in the world goal of becoming more prosperous, peaceful, and productive.

I have really enjoyed my time learning about Open Source and getting to put it into practice with our Food Computer. Being on the education team has given me a sense of pride knowing that we are working to help the next group of people more easily build a Food Computer.

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