Our vision is to become globally recognized and known for providing resources that contribute to solving many of the world’s challenges while at the same time promoting acceptance and tolerance as well as celebrating our collective diversity. OpenSourceLiving’s success is measured by your continued participation.
In October 2012, OpenSourceLiving began as a personal passion project to create a social networking platform that caters specifically to socially responsible, eco-conscious and liberty-oriented individuals while also providing a comprehensive directory for businesses that share the same values. Since then, crowdfunding capabilities have been added to the site to help fund projects and a marketplace will soon be launched so members can create online shops for themselves.
After numerous discussions were held between interested parties, it was decided to take the steps necessary to form a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and begin to leverage the existing social media development for a positive change. Beyond the operation of socia media, OpenSourceLiving has completely explored the need for its existence as a charitable organization which creates autonomous eco-villages and blue-zone habitats around the globe. We intend to realize the positive measurable impacts of our efforts through several charitable programs:
Grant Funding. Sustainable and regenerative projects that are unrelated to OpenSourceLiving but share similar goals may apply for financial assistance. Those projects which satisfy a set criteria shall be awarded available funds to help further the development of these projects.
Educational Scholarships. OpenSourceLiving believes that education in sustainable living is deficient and aims to help change this. Partial and Full educational scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students who are entering academic programs tailored to regenerative studies such organic agriculutre, clean technology, social ecology, etc.
Volunteer & Resource Centers. Reduce, reuse, recycle and waste management are core tenets of sustainable living. Volunteer & Resource Centers will be setup in major cities to facilitate volunteers and stage recyclable resources donated by area inhabitants (who will receive a tax write-off in equivalent value) for re-use in OpenSourceLiving projects and other third-party projects.
Eco Village Network. OpenSourceLiving not only wants to help facilitate a network of new self-sustainable and autonomous eco-villages around the world, but we also strive to connect existing communities in an effort to create a larger network for those folks who wish to participate.
Seeding Community Gardens. As planting operations within eco-villages will produce an overabundance of seedlings, OpenSourceLiving plans to utilize them instead of wasting them. As we encourage local communities to plant community gardens, we will “seed” any verifiable community or educational garden project by making available at any volunteer and resource center a wide variety of organic seedlings free of charge.
Hunger Relief. As a surplus of food is expected to be produced by each eco-village, OpenSourceLiving will work with other charitable organizations to ease the burden of hunger by supplying said efforts with wholesome and healthy organic produce.
Homelessness Relief & Rehabilitation. OpenSourceLiving will work with local officials and charitable organizations to help alleviate their financial burden of caring for homeless persons through a volunteer program where screened persons will be accepted as volunteers into an eco-village for a set amount of time. Any site fees will be waived and they will receive the benefits of the eco-village as well as practical sustainable education during their volunteer time. They will be able to return to their locale with new sustainable skills and methodologies.
Natural Disaster Relief. Food Storage is a main process in daily OpenSourceLiving operations as food production surpluses will be freeze-dried, packaged and stored for emergency preparation. Each eco-village will not only have the ability to sustain themselves, but also have the ability to lend a helping hand to those in immediate need when disasters occur within their region.
Data Analysis and Research. OpenSourceLiving shall be a centerpiece in measuring inflows and outflows and analyzing data regarding sustainable living. As the organization seeks to create a flexible and scalable operational model which can be replicated and deployed within depressed areas of the world, OpenSourceLiving will make available this valuable data for general research in an effort to change the fortunes for those who are adversely affected.
Centers for Regenerative Studies. By working closely with area educational institutions, larger eco-villages will have Centers for Regenerative Studies built to provide to interested students full-scholarships to educate themselves in a dormitory-style, hands-on live-work arrangement. Curriculum will cater to both undergraduates and graduates and credits transferable to other accredited universities.