OpenSourceCitizen


  • Denver, Colorado
  • Joined on Nov. 4, 2012


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Growing up I was generally in a rural farming environment and also working in the family Oil Field. So vehicles weren't just recreational & commuters, but we also depended on them heavily for hard work. Being in a family of farm bred U.S. Marines, it was actually REALLY hard work. My grandpa started me driving when i was 10 - on public roads, and I was operating heavy equipment and large Oil Field trucks long before I was old enough to get a driver's license. Once I got my license then I continued field-testing *destroying* trucks in the oil patch and thru many years of running different business and playing on the weekends.<br /><br />As a kid all I wanted for christmas was subscriptions to automotive magazines, especially offroad. Where I lived in Texas there wasn't much hardcore offroading. But the various web forums were just starting to takeoff-so I could webwheel, follow other's projects and learn a great deal of knowledge from these collaborative communities. I was eventually able to move Colorado and started my rock crawler collection. This inevitably led to the need to buy more fab equipment and build a CNC plasma table.<br /> <br />My first thought of when I realized that Co-Creating on forums was maturing into true open-source hardware which would in-turn literally change the quality of life for the entire world, was that I wanted to be a part of a team to build an open source truck.  This would allow me to combine my love for building vehicles and my understanding of what it really means to depend on your vehicles as a work tool. But it wasn't time yet, this was before wikispeed had even popped up, there wasn't enough momentum nor open hardware acceptance. Fast forward many years, I had just hitched up a trailer to my 2006 F-350 and discovered my frame was already fatigued and I wouldn't be able to tow with it anymore. Another truck I'd have to retire way to early. In disgust I went inside, there was a "custom truck" magazine laying there and I thru it across the room. As I collected my calm and went to pick it up, I saw that SEMA was in a few days and I decided this was going to be the year.  So I jumped on a plane to sema to get pumped about the idea again. Of course SEMA was fun, but I already knew all about trucks, and building one would be easy. What was really haunting me was how to build a community to co-create the best design possible and communicate the vision of how open-source vehicles could really be embraced and revolutionary- even though Detroit would never buy into it.  Literally the last hour of the SEMA show I stumbled upon a booth at the very back. Meet Local Motors. Having been out of the open source hardware loop for a couple years I had no idea what unbelievable progress had been made by this little company toward revolutionizing an archaic automotive industry.   <br /><br /> I truly believe we are about to take a giant evolutionary leap forward as we embrace such powerful tools and platforms that are built from the ground up to connect and empower designers, creators, builders and end-users worldwide. Our current caveman ways are about to be replaced with a new modern society and economy where everyone has access to the tools they need, works at a job they enjoy, and is interconnected with everyone of their peers in the entire world to become exponentially more productive and effective at creating the future! <br /><br />

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