Foundation and Cooperatives
We are an international and versatile team working from Victoria in Australia, Catalonia and Buenos Aires. We believe that humanity is undergoing two crucial transitions: At a systemic level, we are moving from an ‘unsustainable economic system’ into thriving ecosystem’s living, and At a social level, we are required to transform from homogenised individuals into a heterogeneous humanity. Our aim as a team is to provide a nurturing and inspirational environment that helps people unfold their potential. The result is a multicultural setting in which we all learn from each other because there are no limits to what can be learnt when the experiences are conducive. We believe that humanity is undergoing two crucial transitions
At a systemic level, we are moving from an ‘unsustainable economic system’ into thriving ecosystem’s living, and
At a social level, we are required to transform from homogenised individuals into a heterogeneous humanity
Our aim as a team is to provide a nurturing and inspirational environment that helps people unfold their potential. The result is a multicultural setting in which we all learn from each other because there are no limits to what can be learnt when the experiences are conducive.
To support the transitional process, we have developed a software that coordinates the sharing of manufactured products for individuals and organizations that would like to access equipment, tools and appliances without having to buy or own them.
This practice increases product’s usage and can expand their lifespan.
At the same time, it walks along local communities in their sustainable practices.
In turn, this helps to significantly reduce the environmental footprint.
The software is open source and open data. Its main singularity lies in its flexible architecture. Through configuration, it enables functionalities related to valuation, traceability, governance and knowledge management. This allows for the synergetic and symbiotic interweaving of different usages.
The concept of ’Bubusi’ —spelled Bubuti and pronounced ‘bubusi’— is inspired by a cultural practice of the I-Kiribati people of the Kiribas Pacific Islands. According to this practice, when someone needs an item, they can request it from a relative, friend or neighbour. This is such an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Kiribati society that, in most cases, refusing such a request is considered shameful.
The bubuti system encourages equity through a shared economy. The essence of the concept lies in the difference between owning and belonging. The I-Kiribati people, like most indigenous nations, understand that humans do not own the land and its resources; we rather belong to the land. This understanding makes buying and selling —two concepts derived from the idea of ownership— redundant, while it gives value to sharing —a concept rooted in belonginness.
From our understanding, in order to have a fair and sustainable society, we need to think in terms of ecosystems that interwave humans with Nature, rather than economic systems where humans exploit Nature. Therefore, our mission is to “ Help re-establish the ecosystem concept, long ago replaced by ’economic system’.
We are doing so by redefining the bubuti system so, while maintaining its ability to create a more equitable society, it creates sustainable abundance for all.
The Bubusi ecosystem is a commons and, therefore, there is no single organisation that represents it. This means that it is a loose network rather than a federation with its own legal personality.
The intellectual property of the code is owned by 16plus1, a limited company by guarantee with not-for-profit status registered in Australia. 16plus1 will contract the services of distributed cooperatives (DisCOs) created for organising the talent that contributes to the development of the software and its implementations.
The cooperatives will represent the software developers, UX designers, multimedia and web designers, and, in general, any professional whose talent is required for building and implementing the software that runs the ecosystem. The first DisCOs are taking shape in Buenos Aires and Barcelona.
Maximisation is what has brought us to the current ecological imbalance. Nature does not maximise but She optimises. She seeks to attain a good enough level of everything, knowing that optimisation leads to abundance through symbiotic interactions, while maximisation of a single variable leads to future scarcity as a result of the law of diminishing results and the neglect of the other variables
Personal sovereignty is needed to set limits to transparency. Transparency should not collide with Self-Sovereign Identity, which is our ability to administer and make claims about our own identity.
Without collaboration it is not possible to attain the symbiotic interactions needed to optimise and bring abundance.
We consider that everyone shall be accountable for what they do and decide. Accountability does not mean punishing people for their actions. It means organising society in a way that compels everyone to exert such responsibility.
Without transparency, it is not possible to compel everyone to exert their responsibility.