Some of you might be aware that I entered the Biomimicry Global Food Systems Design Challenge this year.
The original plan was to map OFN to Biomimicry Life’s principles and show how OFN uses nature’s unifying patterns to self organise food production and distribution. Emerging technology made this approach redundant though and I started modelling from scratch. What I ended up with was a Biomimetically sound, blockchain based, collaborative production, distribution and transparent participatory governance system which I called HIPS - Holonic Integrated Produce/Production Swarms.
Here is the submission video and the concept document:
HIPS was selected as one of 7 finalists in the challenge and @ampie and I will be presenting it at SXSW-eco in Austin, Texas next month.
I am putting it out here as I feel that HIPS could potentially solve two issues, namely governance and decentralisation of OFN. It is purely conceptual at this stage but I am confident that funding will be forthcoming following the good exposure we will be getting through the Biomimicry Foundation’s press releases and airtime at SXSW. It will require the current platform to be decommissioned eventually but that would be a few years away and consider that it would have filled critical capacity and user base building by that time as well as initiated the food system transformation we so desperately seek.
Would love to hear your thoughts.