OSCE Days – Jozi 2016


When: 10-11 June 2016
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), 26 Melville Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tickets: Quicket tickets (event is free but need to book tickets)
Website: oscedays.org/johannesburg-2016
Contact: Steven steven.johnstone@asked.co.za

Calling all engaged citizens, scientists, artists, engineers, economists, sustainability enthusiasts, architects, makers, urban farmers, hackers, community activists, film-makers, occupiers, entrepreneurs, urban planners, nonprofits.

The Institute of Future Living (IFL) and Stop Reset Go (SRG) is proud to be hosting Open Source Circular Economy (OSCE) days South Africa 2016. Collaborate with change agents in over 60 cities around the planet and participate in a series of open idea jams to co-create the sustainable world you want to live in. Here is your chance to be part of a new global citizen’s movement.

Come share your ideas and meet the change community at our Open Idea Jams


Our problems today are the result of a whole system failure. Complex system level problems cannot be solved by inside-the-box thinking. That only results in band-aid solutions that leave the root problems to fester and continue to generate harmful symptoms. This is true at all scales; individual, community, national and global. Whole system change is now required and that is only possible with out-of-the-box thinking, and an extraordinary effort to transcend deeply embedded and habitual ways of seeing and being in the world.

OSCE Days Cape Town is a free event opened to the public. It is an event that asks each participant to dare to imagine a world that we have all been told is not possible. OSCE means Open Source and Circular Economy, both necessary for citizen-based rapid whole system change strategy. This is gathering is an opportunity for whole systems thinkers, sustainably-minded and sustainably-hearted change agents to come out, collectively study our failures and collaborate with other change agents around the globe.

Event Themes

  • Hack-the-Shack Calling all shack-tivists to join us think outside the box with circular techniques to address the shack and slum problem of the planet
  • Open Source Circular Ecohome Explore an open source, circular ecohome with all successful designs open sourced and candidate for local manufacturing
  • OpenC Use open data and an open source approach to a better Johannesburg

We are inviting the citizens from Johannesburg & Pretoria to join us circularize our city. Our topics and event program is listed below. If you have an interesting topics or ideas you want to share, please contact us and in the nature of the OSCE event we will try and incorporate you into the two days. This day is designed to stimulate out-of-the-box circular and biomimetic thinking to tackle the tough ecological and economic challenges we face. Come out and jam with us!

Event Pages

Event Schedule

hack the shack

Friday 10th June – Hack-the-Shack Day One

OSCEDays Hack-the-Shack Challenge page

10am – 12am: Visit Orange farm to engage with local community regarding the:

  • Life of a person living in informal settlements

12pm – 1:30pm: Move back to GIBS and have lunch at Lorenzos Restaurant on the campus.

*Please note that your own transport will have to be organised to and from orange farm. This is not a compulsory component of the day and should you wish to only arrive at GIBS for the afternoon secession you may wish to do so. The meeting venue and more information of Orange Farm will be disclosed once your tickets have been bought.

1:30pm – 2pm: Introduction to OSCE days

  • Introduction to OSCE days Johannesburg 2016 Day 1
  • What is Open Source?
  • What is Circular Economy?
  • What is a Local Economy?
  • Artificial Scarcity

2pm – 2:30pm: Debriefing Orange Farm Visit

  • Introduction to Hack-the-Shack
  • Capturing learnings and key problem areas from the site visit and community engagement

2:30pm – 3pm: Pay it Forward

  • From the movie to Orange Farm: Ruis Castros ambition and experience to pay houses forward

3pm – 3:30pm: Break & Networking

3:30pm – 5pm: Hack-the-Shack Jam Secession

  • Brainstorming the system dynamic of people who live in low cost housing
  • What tools do Shack-tivists have to make a difference


hack the shack

Saturday 11th June – Hack-the-Shack Day 2

9:30am- 10am: Coffee

10am – 11am: The case for an open source circular economy (Luke Mann – Accenture)

  • The environmental case
  • The social Case
  • The economic case

11am – 12pm: OpenC Jam Secession

  • OpenC-Jozi
    • Digital value exchange systems as a way to increase trade in local communities; johannesburg’s potential kick-start an open source revolution
    • Urban Metabolism & Industrial Symbiosis in Johannesburg
    • City of Johannesburg’s Digital Open Source Mapping Initiative
  • OpenC-Ecohome
    • Explore an open source Ecohome

12pm – 1:15pm: Lunch & Networking at Lorenzos

1:15pm – 2pm: Guest Speaker (TBC)

2pm – 5pm: Hack-the-Shack Jam Secession

  • Recap of Day 1
  • A look at the current situation, both locally and around the globe
    • Community activists from various communities share their stories
    • The unique South African context – spatial segregation from Apartheid and the many dimensions of the nexus of challenges
      • Political
      • Economic
      • Social
      • Cultural
      • Infrastructure
      • Spatial / historical
      • Future climate impacts
    • What are the solutions
      • U of Stellenbosch iSHACK
      • Houses for all built on human capital
      • Other ideas you may have to bring



Hack-the-Shack – Open Jam Ideas

  • Hacking the shack – some themes to explore – bring your own!
    • Can we redesign segregation out of urban planning in South Africa?
    • Bringing together elements of an OSCLE-coupled Global Design Commons strategy for uplifting the Base-of-Pyramid
    • Transitioning marginalized communities to vibrant Open Source Circular Local Economies (OSCLE)
    • Networking embedded shack dweller activists around the world to create a new collaborative Bottom up development network
    • Leveraging human capital instead of monetary capital – the argument for local



The Proposed Technologies for the Open Source Circular Ecohome

(This is a Cape Town event only but interested particpants can engage online in nonrealtime at OSCEDays website on the challenge page)

OSCEDays OSC Ecohome Challenge page

  • Off-grid for water, waste, power, food
  • Custom CNC-designed modular furniture
  • Biomimetic air exchanger to provide air circulation without exhausting indoor heat during winter
  • Low cost summer district heating roof panels for winter home heating
  • Jason’s Waterloop and Showerloop technology to reduce shower, washing machine water use by 90%
  • Water harvesting through 1) rain collection tank, 2) underground condensation waterpipes, 3) fognets, 4) inverted fountain for water table hydrostatic pressure
  • Water used for 1)thermal mass and winter heat storage as well as 2) potable water
  • Japanese-style timber joinery for no screws, nails or brackets
  • Building with rammed Earth, hempcrete and CNC routed wood cartridges (this last one for super fast construction)
  • Modular, reusable furniture
  • Low footprint bamboo wall separator systems
  • Underground soil thermal insulation battery via foam insulation separators
  • Passive cooling via: earthtubes, indoor water evaporative cooling, natural convection cooling
  • Building our own fresnel-lens sun tracking, solar powered, small-scale glass manufacturing plant to supply our own low cost, circular double-pane insulated glass and glass bricks
  • Direct rotational energy drive to mechanically power washing machine, shop equipment, shop tools, kitchen equipment
  • Various types of home-scale wind turbines including vertical and compression
  • Multi-modal energy appliances such as solar /rocket stove / methane powered oven, compressed air/ direct mechanical drive powered washing machine
  • Compressed air velum battery and compressed air home loads
  • Rocket stove fireplace and oven
  • Mycelium insulation
    • Circular construction and cradle-to-grave analysis
    • Eco-cement (with potential paper fibre for increasing insulation qualities)
    • Net carbon positive home
    • Accompanying compressed air car or electric battery Velo car – designed for 1000 Km/20Rand charge of electricity
    • Biodigester waste treatment with blackwater loop and limited artificial wetlands
    • Intelligently designed greenhouse for passive solar gain and zone 1 permaculture, closed loop aquaponic system
    • Dwarf fruit and nut trees with low water saving tree technology
    • Indoor food forest
    • Kitchen low grade heat capture system for biodigester
    • Efficient thermally insulated stove design