POC21 is an international innovation community, that started as an innovation camp. The camp brought together 100+ makers, designers, engineers, scientists and geeks. Late summer 2015, we have joined forces in a stunning french castle to prototype the fossil free, zero waste society. Our ultimate goal was to overcome the destructive consumer culture and make open-source, sustainable products the new normal. Over the course of 5 weeks we developed 12 sustainable lifestyle technologies and built an international community of innovators and supporters, that continues to grow.
Climate change and resource depletion represent a dire threat to our ecosystems, our societies and economies. Scientists say our civilization is nearing collapse, unless we operate a swift and radical transition toward a low-carbon and low-resource economy.
Next december, twenty thousand diplomats will converge toward Paris for COP21, the 21st U.N. climate summit, in what is announced as yet another very last chance to save us all. But over the last 20 summits of this kind, the worldwide CO2 emissions have in fact doubled.
Solutions have been studied and talked about exhaustingly, but our problem is not the knowledge about how to build a better world: it’s to make people feel and experience the “more beautiful world our hearts know is possible” (Charles Eisenstein).
So instead of a Conference Of Parties, we propose a Proof Of Concept: A proof of concept of the disruptive impact that collaborative production, open source and the maker movement can have on mainstreaming the means of sustainable living.
Many pioneers have already started to build the fossil-free, circular and collaborative society we need. They have developed open source products and solutions for renewable energy, tools for urban farming, low-energy and resource efficient housing, or even sophisticated electric vehicles.This new breed of open sustainable products shares the following attributes:
Building this new product category now lies in the hands of citizen producers, in the post-industrial paradigm of distributed fabrication, also referred to as “the new industrial revolution” or “the zero marginal cost economy”. Open source blueprints are shared globally on the web, while the products are locally manufactured in Fab Labs and makerspaces that are popping up everywhere.
We believe that such open sustainable products have the potential to scale into mainstreaming, and become the new normal: “sexy like Apple but open like Wikipedia”.
Though organized in vibrant communities, these innovators building these products, haven’t had the momentum yet to unite and formulate their ideas into a compelling message ready for the mainstream.Our objective is to create a space and long-term process that will unite these pioneers and bring their efforts into a mainstream audience:
All this is just a kick-off to build permanent spaces for open-sourcing sustainability, set-up a functioning marketplace to “buy, build or upgrade” the products and spread the outcomes to multiple stakeholders through the diversity of partners we've already won.
To build the next generation of open sustainable products, a handpicked selection of high-profile mentors and talented supporters joined for a few hours to a few weeks. They supported the community with their multidisciplinary skillset ranging from product design to digital fabrication, permaculture, engineering, hacking and coding, organizational consulting or storytelling.
We are still thankful to have a growing number of inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds, supporting and endorsing our work.
builds the prototypes and new narratives of a truly sustainable lifestyle. In their former life as campaign consultants and designers, the team has gathered over 10 years of experience in social change communications for Amnesty International, WWF, Ben & Jerry’s, the German Green Party or Wikipedia.
is a think-tank, do-tank and global community of pioneers building a collaborative and open source society. Founded in 2012 as a non-profit, OuiShare has 20 local chapters in Europe, Latin America and North Africa, and organizes OuiShare Fest: an annual conference uniting 1000 collaborative pioneers in Paris.