Future Proofing

Pat Flynn's presentation on How to Become Future Proof 

Principle 1: People Want Convenience

  • In the Past: Era of Availability. The idea that something convenient is made available to the consumer, i.e sliced bread. 
  • In the Present: Era of On-Demand. We want instant gratification as seen from the demise of movie stores and rise of Netflix. Amazon has embraced this with Amazon Dash, a button you can place in your home that orders a specific item with a simple click. 
  • In the Future: Era of Initiative. Understanding the audience that you're serving, asking yourself what can save them time and effort, and finding out how you can do that for them before they ask. Amazon does this with targeted ads based off algorithms. Trunk Club does this with personal tailors that recommend clothes to you for specific occasions, such as Pat Flynn's speaking engagements. 
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What OpenSource Means to OpenFarm

There are many ties between the Open Source movement and OpenFarm. Although our intention is to empower anyone to be able to grow the plants they desire, there is a larger concept that we have adopted as an organization. Many people have vague notions of what Open Source is (and isn’t) and I hope to expand the understanding of Open Source, especially as it pertains to OpenFarm, to Freedom, and to Accessibility. In other words, I’d like to explain why we put the “Open” in OpenFarm. 

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Prototyping Bike Dropouts

I want to build a custom bamboo bike frame. The essential pieces for the frame besides the bamboo includes a metal head tube, a metal seat post insert, a metal bottom bracket tube, and the metal rear tire dropouts. To keep things simple, I will make a track bike which has different styled dropouts than a road or mountain bike. Since my bike frame geometry may be unique for a track bike, and since the dropouts have to be longer than average in order to attach them securely to the bamboo seat and chain stay tubes, I decided to make my own dropouts.

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