Mind the gap blog

Welcome to Mind the gap blog, where we explore the intersections of technology, design, society, and open source. Our goal is to contribute to individual and collective intelligence by sharing thought-provoking ideas, insights, and perspectives. Join us as we mind the gap between what is and what could be, and explore the possibilities of a smarter, more connected world.

The future of work.  [draft]

We work because we are humans. Looking back at humanity’s history, the evolution of our modes of subsistence shows how central the modes of production and the organisation of human labor are in providing for our material needs. Humans work in order to give meaning to their lives. We work in order to consciously, intentionally shape our surroundings. We work as a socially organised way to expand. We work in order to create value....

November 13, 2023 · 4 min · Valentin Viennot

Principle of equitable empowerment

Knowledge must be freely accessible to all, providing the foundation for informed autonomy and enabling the collective intelligence necessary to address systemic issues and develop collective ambition. Communities must have the freedom to self-organise, and societal structures should facilitate serendipitous innovation and resilience, ensuring that every individual has the same opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the collective effort to solve our biggest problems and achieve their own mission. Structures should be here to empower, not to disable....

November 5, 2023 · 1 min · Valentin Viennot

Common tragedies: Funding open source vs Saving the planet  [draft]

In my last post —Why Open Source isn’t Profitable—, I explain the Curse of Competition as a sort of Tragedy of the Commons: because open-source intellectual property is free to access, all economic agents will exploit it without giving back (a.k.a. as the free riders issue). If the resource is finite, then its value will tragically be destroyed by this unrestrained consumption. With the same analysis, we can explain how and why our current dominant economic system will eventually consume all of the available natural resources and destroy all living species....

October 22, 2023 · 21 min · Valentin Viennot

Why Open Source isn't Profitable

In a Capitalist economy, Open Source has no (direct) value. Open source is not profitable Let’s start with a few definitions: the price is the exchange value of a good or a service in a socio-economic context, the production cost is what it costs to build a good or deliver a service, added value is the price minus the production cost. Open-source software delivers an added value close to or below zero....

September 21, 2023 · 9 min · Valentin Viennot

Dying isn't as sad as Not living.

Leaving this here for posterity: “Dying isn’t as sad as Not living.” —Valentin Viennot, 2023 I know; death is a sad and probably not the most exciting topic for a post. But you needed to read it. In fact, this post is more about life than death. It’s more of a wake-up call, an invitation even. I’m a firm believer that our life choices are investments that shape the value and meaning we extract from life itself....

July 31, 2023 · 2 min · Valentin Viennot