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Develop a Open Community Manufacturing Platform- (World Piecework Network)

Understanding the different faces of unemployment: No matter the reason you are unemployed, becoming self employed is always an option. The OpenManufacturing Platform is a global database of services design/ build/ market/deliver. Members within the platform provide a skill to be used in the delivery of a product. A set of rules restrain monopolization of any skill or labor area by limiting the production process area to different global regions. So widget design and widget manufacturing could not be carried out in the same geographic area. This would give different contractors a better chance to bid and win on various areas of production.

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The World Piecework Network (WPN) breaks down complex projects designed or developed by a network of young entrepreneurs into small projects that can be manufactured, marketed and shipped by other young entrepreneurs. This is a piecework model; the network is an open manufacturing platform. A global database of young entrepreneurs that can deliver different services design/ build/ market and deliver to markets, with regional constraints around each phase of the product development process. The constraints reduce the possibilities of monopolies in the process by spreading the work globally, allows for new markets to develop in different regions, and enables young people globally to earn a living wage, build confidence, gain skills and build a business.
The network will create new jobs, foster technological innovation, build manufacturing skills, and maximize youth job creation globally. The regional economy will no longer limit the job market.
The World Piecework Network (WPN) would take advantage of the existing open source tools to develop the members/partners like;
  1. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition there they can receive free training at the online Entrepreneurship Campus (Training and learning the right skills for success)
  2. UBER’s open API for development of supply chain and delivery applications
  3. Community for Open Source Microfinance
  4. Potential Partner SamaSource
How the WPN Works- An Example (Fostering young people's unique talents)
Robin a young designer and member of the WPN in Maryland USA has a new idea for a wearable computer. Robin joined the WPN to help her get a start with a career, she wants to do more than just have a job, and she wants to create an opportunity that will give her the lifestyle she’s dreamed of. But she has no idea how to get there; nor does she have the connections to help.    She has a great concept but no experience developing or manufacturing a project. Her first step with the WPN is to take advantage of one of the network partners The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition there she receives free training at the online Entrepreneurship Campus https://www.youth-competition.org/.

She gets a background in micro-financing, crowd funding opportunities and crowd manufacturing engines within the network. Robin also gets an understanding of WPN supply chain network, manufacturing arrangements and marketing arrangements. She decides the best way to get the product off the ground is using the WPN crowd manufacturing engine. Here’s how it works.

 The product requires components and raw materials from several places globally.  The WPN provides a set of tools and connection to find those materials. Kaylah a material scientist in Trinidad has developed a neoprene low conduction fabric that allows the computer to create power through body movement. Because Kaylah is locate within a different WPN region than Robin she is allowed to bid on the base textile. Marcus a young professor in Egypt (a new region) has developed a low cost Printed Circuit Board (PCB) that can be manufactured to specification in an open source web based PCB development software http://www.123dapp.com/circuits , and printed on to a flexible fabric on a modified printer with e-ink.

Maya a dancer in New Zealand (a fourth region), keeps her Broadway dreams alive by sewing; a skill she picked up from her grandmother, but unlike her grandmother she uses conductive threads to make wearable tech. Maya bids on the manufacturing of the initial prototype computers.

The products are moved along the supply chain network of multi-national corporations, Adam a young Ethiopian man (fifth region) works to distribute supplies and products throughout Ethiopia. As a member of the WPN he uses his connections to bid on the shipping of the computers in his area.

This example attempts to demonstrate the regional limits of the network, each element of the development process is required to be developed in different region, to limit regional monopolies, assure more entrepreneurship opportunities, and create new manufacturing partners. Young people are able to take advantage of what’s available in their region weather that is a skill, material, network connection etc… The process is somewhat insulated from economic downturns because of the global nature of the network.

Additional Detail
World Piecework Network- (OpenManufacturing Platform)
Global youth unemployment is a huge challenge that is hard to wrap your mind around even at the local level. There is a mountain range of data regarding youth unemployment in the US alone. The simple approach would be to identify the gap between “Unemployed Youth” and “Available Jobs”, and then fill that gap with Connectors, Training, and Job Search Engines. This may fill a small portion of the gap, but not address the real problem. The real question is how to create meaningful career paths that afford young people globally the opportunity to achieve a lifestyle that allows them to independently take care of themselves, and their families.
The World Piecework Network (WPN) concept is based on a global community manufacturing and delivery memorandum of understanding. A borderless network of micro independent contractors, that innovate, create and deliver products within an OpenManufacturing Platform.

OpenManufacturing Platform
The OpenManufacturing Platform is a global database of services design/ build/ market/deliver. Members within the platform provide a skill to be used in the delivery of a product. A set of rules restrain monopolization of any skill or labor area by limiting the production process area to different global regions. So widget design and widget manufacturing could not be carried out in the same geographic area. This would give different contactors a better chance to bid and win of various areas of production.
Piecework is any type of employment in which a worker is paid a fixed piece rate for each unit produced or action performed regardless of time. Many people have jobs assembling electronics in the comfort of their homes, this is a form of piecework. In some places entire communities work to develop small pieces of a bigger product in their home, and then assemble the larger end product for sale outside to the community, often in a wholesale market. The whole community shares in the profit. This concepts looks to find a way to grow this manufacturing process up to a global scale, where young people from around the world could share in the profits.

The Network
The (WPN) would be a union of young people from around the world that share resources (time, labor, raw materials and ideas) to create new products and jobs by delivering one element of a product or developing a market for a product developed by the group. In order to reduce the cost manufacturing, shipping and other logistics concerns the WPN could use the existing supply chain networks of multi-national corporations. This relationship could be developed using in kind delivery services in exchange for reduced tax and tariffs in the corporations that participate in the WPN. In addition to shipping WPN Partner Corporations could serve as potential development partners, offer workforce training, rent development space, become customers.

Workflow
 The design and development and the products could use a crowd source approach, with young people within the network submitting product concepts. Once the product has been prototyped and tested and is ready for manufacturing, teams from areas where the raw materials are available, could bid on and opportunity to either act as a supplier of the material, bid on manufacturing services, or other production needs. Other could serve as micro financers, shipping agents etc… Bidders from other regional areas worldwide would be given the opportunity to bid on other elements in the product development like marketing and sales.
By limiting the amount of product development to one service per geographic region per product we can begin to limit the “Guanxi” effect leading to a more fair market, and a greater deal of people could be employed worldwide. The concept would foster entrepreneurial spirit that could help the WPN become self-sustaining. Successful group could be encouraged to help others to develop through network incentives. 
 

Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

Young people looking for a meaningful career paths that afford them the opportunity to achieve a lifestyle that will allow for independent care of themselves, and their families.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

This is an entrepreneurial approach to employment, The OpenManufacturing Platform is a global database of services design/ build/ market/deliver. Members within the platform provide a skill to be used in the delivery of a product

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

This process would include several elements design, manufacturing, finance, marketing, distribution. I think a good prototype would be to use a combined set of existing tools to share in the development and sale of a product. Quirky for design development and feedback, Kickstarter for finance, Facebook Fan Page for Marketing,.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Anything that can grow the idea will work, I am open to any feedback.

The idea emerged from:

  • An individual

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • I'm more throwing the idea out there to inspire potential implementers

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Kenneth, I started reading, loved the headline. But too much text, consider shortening (am sure it's great!)

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I will summarize, good comment

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