This is Chad's application for a Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship. For context:
http://blog.gittip.com/post/34233113773/lets-apply-for-a-shuttleworth-grant

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLvCDjRKqnA

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Describe the world as it is.
a description of the status quo and context in which you will be working

It is not economically rational to work freely on open projects. If I'm a young software engineer fresh out of Stanford, what am I incentivized to work on? A closed corporation like Facebook ... or a closed startup that I hope will be the next Facebook. In the aggregate, I am not incentivized to work primarily on Wikipedia. Markets make people's lives better, but they can also inhibit of innovation to what Thoreau characterized as "quiet desperation."

I don't want people to be miserable. Like there's nothing left to achieve. Like their volunteer hours are happening in some dark corner of the Internet somewhere.


What change do you want to make?
a description of what you want to change about the status quo, in the world, your personal vision for this area

I want to enable even more human flourishing, by making it economically rational to work freely on open projects. I want kids to graduate from college expecting to work on Wikipedia. Actually, I want to blur the line between education and work. I want kids to start hacking on Wikipedia or Ubuntu or Firefox or Ushahidi when they're 12, so that by the time they're 20 they're valuable contributors to whatever projects they settle on. I want openness to take root in other industries besides software. Beautiful new things are happening.


What do you want to explore?
a description of the innovations or questions you would like to explore during the fellowship year

I want to find out if open entities can enable even more human flourishing than closed ones. I want to explore the application of open source principles beyond software, as ESR called for at the end of The Cathedral and the Bazaar. I want to see to what extent I can base my life on cooperation and gratitude and generosity instead of competition and striving and "quiet desperation." I want to explore how free and cooperative we can be in our work together. I want to explore how porous and fluid a corporation can be. Can an open entity send someone to the moon, like NASA did? Can an open entity build a global brain, like Google did? Can open entities go even further?


What are you going to do to get there?
a description of what you actually plan to do during the year

I'm going to build Gittip, a platform for 

 I want to incentivize this practice by establishing a direct economic relationship between the individual and society as a whole, unmediated by corporations. , and not just as employees of a corporation, but as free individuals freely collaborating




This is Chad's application for a Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship. For context:
http://blog.gittip.com/post/34233113773/lets-apply-for-a-shuttleworth-grant

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Describe the world as it is.
a description of the status quo and context in which you will be working

It's not economically rational to work freely on open projects. I'm a young engineer fresh out of Stanford, what do I incentivized to work on? Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft. Or I want to do a startup that's probably going to be a closed corporation that I hope will be the next Facebook or Google or Apple or Microsoft and make me a billionaire.




We are non-free in our work. Traditional employment relationships have an element of competition and coercion that seems ineradicable without deeper change.

We are open-source in our play. We create and contribute code to projects that explore the possibilities of human endeavors. We do so cooperatively, by choice, and globally, with people around the world.
These contributions may, in the long run, be more valuable than the work we do in our day-to-day "regular job" since because they are free they can outlive the company we work for.

Something about copyright? Intellectual property? Artificial scarcity of jobs and information is inefficient and evolutionarily doomed?

Gittip and meta-Gittip (open companies)


What change do you want to make?
a description of what you want to change about the status quo, in the world, your personal vision for this area

I want to make it economically rational to work freely on open projects. I want kids to graduate from college expecting to work on Wikipedia or Ubuntu or Firefox or Ushahidi, and not just as employees of a corporation, but as free individuals working of their own volition directly on open projects. Actually, I want to blur the line between education and work. I want kids to start hacking on Wikipedia or Ubuntu or Firefox or Ushahidi when they're 12, so that by the time they're 20 they're valuable contributors to whatever projects they settle on. I want to incentivize this practice by establishing a direct economic relationship between the individual and society as a whole, unmediated by corporations.



I want to make work free. I want to make gratitude and generosity more normal than striving and desperation.




What do you want to explore?
a description of the innovations or questions you would like to explore during the fellowship year

I want to explore gratitude and generosity as a basis of life contrasting with striving and "quiet desperation" associated with exchange economies. I want to explore how porous and fluid a corporation can be. I want to explore how free we can be in our work together. I want to explore the application of open source principles beyond software, as ESR called for.


What are you going to do to get there?
a description of what you actually plan to do during the year

I'm going to build Gittip, as a platform and as a community.


Describe the world as it is.
a description of the status quo and context in which you will be working

In 2012 it is not economically rational to work freely on open projects. If I'm a young software engineer fresh out of Stanford, what am I pointed towards? A salaried position for a closed corporation like Facebook, Google, or Zynga ... or a closed startup that aspires to be the next Zynga. The incentive to work primarily for an open project -- Wikipedia springs to mind -- simply does not exist. 

Markets make people's lives better, but also hang a spectrum of inhibitions over them, ranging from the commoditization of innovation to a climate of what Thoreau characterized as "quiet desperation."

The spirit of 
the top of a mesa, with the task you set out to do unachieved.
This is a spirit which bears to be transmitted to other disciplines.





What change do you want to make?
a description of what you want to change about the status quo, in the world, your personal vision for this area

I want to make it economically rational to work freely on open projects, which should enable even more human flourishing. I want kids to graduate from college expecting to work on an open source project. This could blur the line between education and work.... which is something I would encourage as well. I want kids to start hacking on  Wikipedia or Ubuntu or Firefox or Ushahidi when they're 12, so that by the time they're 20 they're seasoned contributors to whatever projects they finaly settle on. I want openness to take root in other industries besides  software. Beautiful new things are happening, and I wish them to flourish.


What do you want to explore?
a description of the innovations or questions you would like to explore during the fellowship year

I want to give open entities the presence normally given to closed ones. I want to explore the application of open  source principles beyond software, as Eric Raymond calls for at the end of The Cathedral and the Bazaar. I want to see to what extent I can base my life on cooperation and gratitude and generosity, in contrast to the competition and striving and "quiet desperation" that is normally produced by the market. I want to explore how free and cooperative we can be in our work together. I want to discover how porous and fluid a corporation can be. Can an open entity send someone to the moon, as NASA once did? Can an open entity build a global brain, as Google continues to do? Can open entities go even further?


What are you going to do to get there?
a description of what you actually plan to do during the year

I'm going to extend Gittip, a platform for 
into all countries and 
I want to incentivize this practice by establishing a direct economic relationship between the individual and society as a whole, unmediated  by corporations or moneyed interests.
and not just as employees of a corporation, but as free individuals freely collaborating


CONCERNS
Not pandering to Shutwrth
Answering the questions cogently
Somehow reframing/artfully avoiding fact that: gittip is a miniature of what the grant itself is