The main gist of this is to operate our forming company, Osono, as an “open source business”, meaning collaborative work and collaborative wealth.
We want the public to refer our products and services, to help sell our products and services, to help support our products and services, and to help develop our products and services.
Osono acts as a proprietor, facilitator, director, marketer, and “hub” for all the activity, taking a 40% or fewer stakes in all activities. Referrals that result in a sale are worth 10% of the transaction, sale closures are worth 30% of the transaction, installation and support is worth 10% of the transaction, 10% goes to processors, and 40% goes to Osono. One person can claim the referral, the sale, installation and support, and get 50% of the transaction. An Osono employee could theoretically gain 60% of the transaction, plus a salary, if they are solely responsible for all the steps.
What does Osono provide? Infrastructure, internal applications, public applications, support, processing, marketing, development, and project management. We also seed the operation with all the initial software and services (IT, Outsourcing, Consulting). All a member of the public has to do is sign up to be a member, providing real and accurate information, and begin selling, supporting, or developing. Any person can do one or all of the duties, and get compensated for each duty they perform. They only have to agree to the rules set forth by Osono, and agree to the contract. We track referrals, sales, support, processing, etc. and who or whom is performing each task using the application “El Camino”. If successful, it would behoove us to offer benefits and such to members for a small fee. This would attract even more people. The more people involved, the more sales made, the more money to go around.
The software applications themselves should be released GPL, in a basic format, and enhanced versions are sold via Osono. The GPL version has one name (such as Cydonia), and our branded version, which we sell, has a different name (Telex). The price of the software sold via Osono is derived as a “Development Fee”, plus a “customization”, “optimization”, or “enhancement” fee. These are not bogus fees, but rather “service fees” we charge for the software, while the software still remains “free”. Software/Hardware is well on down the road to commoditization, so the only way to profit from it in the future is to inject expertise, customization, installation, and professional services. Licensing should be low or non-existent. Software licensing fees always fluctuate (usually downward) over time, but service fees are almost always sustainable at certain levels; levels that can sustain operations.
The only way big projects are completed (bridges, highways, dams, software systems), is to use the combined force of many individuals all moving in the same direction. I'm certain that, in the future, all corporations will operate a form of "Open Source", where they allow many people to think about and work on a specific problem. The person or persons that come up with the solution, wether or not they actually "work" for that company, will be compensated.
Eventually (if not already), the practice of outsourcing all business activities that are not directly related to what a company does (yeah, core competencies) , will resemble a form of open source business. To do large things efficiently, a large number of people are needed, and each and every person involved must have something at stake; they must have a reason to help, and that reason should be compensation. The more items sold, the more money that person makes. The better the quality of support and service, the more money that person makes. I firmly believe that to have people truly care about a company and its success, those people must be directly involved in every transaction and directly compensated for every transaction.
People also need to witness, first hand, a direct correlation between doing more work and getting more compensation. Get more referrals, close more sales, receive higher compensation. Provide good service and support, receive higher compensation. Develop excellent software, receive higher compensation. The cause and effect should be both obvious and universal. I don't want just star sales people getting more compensation for more work; I want anybody, inside or outside the company, to benefit directly from any transaction they are involved in. The more involved a person is, the more compensation they receive.
In addition, I believe this model is a self-contained system. Once a certain threshold is reached, the system is a closed loop, and expands or contracts based on the "energy" within it. The more people join, the more work gets done, the more products and services are sold, the more money comes into the system. People involved in the system will naturally tell more people about the system, or recommend the software and services to people they meet, because they have something at stake. The system group also naturally "weeds out" people who take advantage of the system, or who slack, because they are an obvious drain on the system. So, peer-pressure takes over (or mob mentality, whatever you prefer), and those individuals who are attempting to take advantage are forced out by the group dynamics (excommunicated).
However, this only applies to indivduals who are trying to get something for nothing and take advantage of all the other people. The system allows people to get out what they put in, so if you only want to do one transaction and get compensated once, that is your option. What the system prevents are those who would like to sit on their ass and not contribute, yet make a steady paycheck. These are the people who will be naturally thrown out of the group, not "underperforming" or other subjectively termed individuals.
So, I'm rambling now, and delving too far into details. Therefore, I shall stop. HMMMMMYESSS.