Northumbria, UK – Northumbria University graduate Robert Sloan has created an open-source design network that connects sheep farmers with designers.
The network, called Golden Fleece, aims to tackle the financial difficulties faced by farmers who are often underpaid for their wool by pairing them with designers who will create and sell furniture using their produce.
Designers interested in working with a farmer are sent an application pack containing wool samples and a sketchbook in which to draw their design proposals. If their designs are accepted, the farmer will send them the raw materials. Any profits made from the final products are then shared between Golden Fleece, the designers and the farmers.
Open-source networks and collaborations are a big part of the Anarconomy Decade. To find out more, read LS:N Global’s: Anarconomy Decade macrotrend.