OSCE Days – Cape Town, South Africa


When: 10-13 June 2016
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Maker Station, 9 Plein Street, Woodstock, Cape Town
Tickets: Quicket tickets (event is free but need to book tickets)
Website: oscedays.org/cape-town-2016
Contact: gien@ingienous.com




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. We will be joined by special guest Alnoor Ladha, founder of The Rules, who will help extract the Wetico virus implanted in our minds.

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

Stop Reset Go and Institute of Future Living are launching three permanent, year-round circular programs at this year’s OSCE Days. Come share your ideas and help build your community at our Open Idea Jams under one of these broad themes:

  • 10 June – OpenC  – Use open data and open source approach to implementing Industrial Symbiosis  across the city
  • 11 June – Hack-the-Shack – No fellow human being should live in a 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
  • 12 June – Open Source Circular ecohome – Help us build our open source, circular ecohome, with all successful designs open sourced and candidate for local manufacturing
  • 13 June – Circular Thinking outside a Square Box – Open Source, Circular Economy, Local Economies, Global Design Commons

Help us seed new open source design projects to work on for the rest of the year.

What to Bring:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Community building spirit
  • Your laptop and mobile devices (not necessary but will allow us to individually connect with OSCEDays change agents and other challenges around the globe and also to possibly try out a new digital collaboration system if we have it in place by event time.
  • Favorite quotation we can use to inspire others. Write it on a notepaper in bold letters so we can stick it up and on a small piece of paper so we can put in a box and draw and read.
  • (Maker Station has free Wi-Fi access)

Event pages:

Event Schedule

  • 10am to noon – Panel Presentations
  • 1pm to 5pm – Open Idea Jams
  • Please check back regularly. Schedule is subject to change!

Fri June 10

  • morning: introduction to OSCE Days and the role of citizens in rapid whole system change
  • afternoon: OpenC Community Level Industrial Symbiosis
  • OSCEDays OpenC Challenge page
10am Orientation – Introduction to OSCE Days

  • An update of our current global crisis
  • What is Open Source
  • What is Circular Economy?
  • What is Local Economy?
  • The Economy of Artificial Scarcity
  • Planetary boundaries and local actions
  • The convergence of Open Source and Circular Economy at OSCE Days
  • The power of Open Source, Circular and Local Economy
  • A global design platform for innovation: collaborating on Open Source challenges
  • The Stop Reset Go model: OSCLE-coupled Global Design Commons
  • The IFL model
  • Gien from Stop Reset Go and Alnoor Ladha of The Rules
11am OpenC – Building a Just and Circular Cape Town – Panel talks and presentations on:

  • Multiscale analysis
  • Urban Metabolism
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Special guests from University of Stellenbosh talking on Urban Metabolism
  • 11: 30am – “AND?” This talk will be given via remote skype connection by our special Guest Gene Bellinger, founder of Systems Thinking World, who will demonstrate the power of Kumu and Insightmaker software to facilitate systems thinking around difficult to solve problems. Remember the word “Progress Trap”! You’ll be tested on it!
12 Lunch (Bring your own lunch or nearby restaurants)
1pm OpenC – Building a Just and Circular Cape Town – talks and presentations

    • Examples from around the world
    • Urban metabolism in SA
    • Stop Reset Go member, physicist and applied mathematician Markus Kruger will demonstrate building a model for urban metabolism, and industrial symbiosis to begin the process of a citizen-led, open source, open data approach to circularizing Cape Town, beginning right here in Woodstock. He will be joined by Professor Alan Brent and others of the University of Stellenbosch.
2pm OpenC – Building Community Level Industrial Symbiosis – Come jam on these ideas:

  • Building Global Digital Collaboration Software  for the Commons
  • Industrial Symbiosis in the city
  • Repair and maintenance opportunities
  • Remanufacturing opportunities
  • Is a zero packaging society possible?
  • Open data and building a database of material inputs and outputs
  • Growing food in the city and in peri-urban areas
  • An Open Source project to map out energy and material flows in cities to optimize and circularize energy production, waste treatment, food production, species preservation and general economic, social and psychological wellness
  • Knowledge sharing – global calls to other groups around the world
5pm Networking


Sat June 11

  • Digital value exchange systems as a way to increase trade in local communities
  • Community Way – a way to use simple digital currency to stimulate local money flow and unlock human resources in the community
  • Using Open Money to increase local business and do good in the community at the same time
  • Community Way – interactive physical card gameplay to demonstrate the money-go-round principle and how it works it increase trade in a community
  • 11:30 – A special guest will drop by to discuss his latest bitcoin blockchain project for a sharing application that could be used in a situation like the kinds of digital collaboration platform of interest to people here.
12 Lunch (Bring your own lunch, vegetarian soup and bread at on premise coffee & snack bar or nearby restaurants)
1pm Hack-the-Shack – Come jam on these ideas

  • Can we redesign segregation out of urban planning in South Africa?
  • Forest cities – a solution for Africa?
  • Transitioning marginalized communities to vibrant Open Source Circular Local Economies (OSCLE)
  • Human capital instead of monetary capital dependent alternative economies
  • 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
  • Preventing disaster and developing resiliency in the critical ocean tropical zones – the case of approaching the wet bulb temperature
  • 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 value exchange systems in marginalized communities
  • Knowledge sharing – global calls to other groups around the world
  • Pat Feathering, founding member of Soil for Life will be sharing her many years of experience working in Communities throughout the Cape.
  • Various members of shack communities will be sharing their experiences and insights of issues living in shack communities, providing valuable feedback for our mapping process.
  • 1:30pm – Systems Thinking World founder Gene Bellinger will give a short talk on applying systems thinking to Hack-the-Shack and allow the team to explore for 2 hours and map out ideas.
  • 4:00pm – Gene Bellinger will return and we will share our rough map with Gene and he will lead us through how we could map this in Kumu or Insightmaker simulation software.
  • 4:40pm – Beitriz Luz, founder of Exchange 4 Change will be remote skyping in from Sao Paulo. She will lead her organization to liase with Stop Reset Go for an international collaboration for Hack-the-Shack and OpenC Industrial Symbiosis, circular economy program. Exchange 4 Change’s vision is to be the 1st multi-stakeholder and collaborative knowledge transfer platform dedicated to adapt global solutions to the Brazilian reality accelerating the transition to the new circular economy.
  • 5:00pm – Bob Haugen, Lynn Ford, Stephanie Rearik, Keith Mosumane will be joining us remotely from the Mutual Aid Network Mapping Summit. Mutual Aid Networks (MANs) represent a new and unique way to connect these mechanisms into a system that maximizes the strengths of each one. The mission of MANs is “To create means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community.” Together, they provide the tools needed to redesign how resources are pooled and allocated to support meaningful work and to fill unmet community needs.
5pm Networking


Sun June 12

10am The OSCEcohome – Open Source Circular Ecohome project

  • Introduction
  • The Big Picture
  • The Web Video Series
  • The Plan
  • The Open Source Ecohome Team will be presenting: Gien & Anna, Wolf & Wolf Architectural firm representatives architect Leire and Rammed Earth specialist Andy Horn, Scone Malone on Mycelium for insulation, Markus Kruger on physical modeling of the technology going into the ecohome such as the vertical axis wind turbines, glass factory and compressed air storage, Felix and Manus Holm of Maker Station on circular design of super efficient rocket stoves.
  • The Technologies:
    • Mycelium insulation
    • Rocket stove fireplace and oven
    • Compressed air velum battery and compressed air home loads
    • Multi-modal energy appliances such as solar /rocket stove / methane powered oven, compressed air/ direct mechanical drive powered washing machine
    • Various types of home-scale wind turbines including vertical and compression
    • Direct rotational energy drive to mechanically power washing machine, shop equipment, shop tools, kitchen equipment
    • 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
    • Passive cooling via: earthtubes, indoor water evaporative cooling, natural convection cooling
    • Underground soil thermal insulation battery via foam insulation separators
    • Low footprint bamboo wall separator systems
    • Modular, reusable furniture
    • Building with rammed Earth, hempcrete and CNC routed wood cartridges (this last one for super fast construction)
    • Japanese-style timber joinery for no screws, nails or brackets
    • Water used for 1)thermal mass and winter heat storage as well as 2) potable water
    • Water harvesting through 1) rain collection tank, 2) underground condensation waterpipes, 3) fognets, 4) inverted fountain for water table hydrostatic pressure
    • Jason’s Waterloop and Showerloop technology to reduce shower, washing machine water use by 90%
    • Low cost summer district heating roof panels for winter home heating
    • Biomimetic air exchanger to provide air circulation without exhausting indoor heat during winter
    • Custom CNC-designed modular furniture
    • Off-grid for water, waste, power, food
    • 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
    • Fresnel lense tracking solar cooking option
12 Lunch (Bring your own lunch, vegetarian soup and bread at on premise coffee & snack bar or nearby restaurants)
1pm Open Source Circular Ecohome – Come jam on these ideas

  • Exploring technologies and build strategies in detail
  • Invitation for participants
  • Open Jam
  • Vet our ideas
  • Add new ones
  • Collaborate with us to help bring the ideas to life
  • How do we monetize our open source designs? – Participate in the Sharing Economy – The Global Ecoshop
5pm Networking


Mon June 13

10am Circular Design Challenges Brainstorm Session:

Come out and share problems that you need circular solutions to:

Some ideas we will be exploring are:

12 Lunch (Bring your own lunch, vegetarian soup and bread at on premise coffee & snack bar or nearby restaurants)
1pm Circular Thinking Outside a Square Box – Brainstorming a Citizen Driven Open Society – Come jam on these ideas

  • Does the Commons have an important role to play in driving rapid whole system change?
  • 1:00 – 1:30pm Beatriz Luz from Exchange 4 Change  and PhD student Victoria Santos of Federal University of Rio De Janiero, specializing in biorefined products in industrial symbiosis, will join us to share their vision of how we could practically collaborate together to develop OSCE.
  • 1:30 – 2:00pm Alnoor Ladha will speak more on the kind of system he see’s as necessary for the future of humanity and the role a citizen-based digital collaboration platform might play in this.
  • 2:00-2:30pm – Gene Bellinger will discuss his ideas and experiences that can help the Stop Reset Go team to build a  collaboration platform for work on a Well Being Economy using Kumu Mapping software and Insightmaker  Causal Loop and System Simulation Software to build a digital collaboration platform
  •  2:30 – 4:00pm introduction to Stop Reset Go’s OSCLE-coupled Global Design Commons (OSCLE – Open Source, Circular, Local Economy)
  • 4:00 – 4:30pm – Sam Reid, founder of Geometric Energy Corporation will discuss the transition from a Carbon to a Hydrogen economy and the basic research his team of scientists are conducting, with discussion of some of the sustainable technologies they are developing.



5pm Networking