An apple commons is low-cost citizen network.
By design, a renaissance for farmers.
Twice as fresh – and 1/3 the cost.
Commons are not corporations.
A commons requires no buildings, no employees, and little expense.
It’s a voluntary structure for citizens to work the miracle of a common goal.
Commons are a glimpse into the future - here’s a map of the apples.
World-class Silicon Valley engineers are building this commons.
At dramatically lower costs – think “Google/Apple apps” at zero cost.
Beyond apps, making physical things like apples near-zero cost is the next wave.
The goal is apples nearby, everywhere.
And apples 1/3 the price of Walmart (10¢ each).
Low cost encourages giving – it’s only $1 to give ten apples.
Near zero markup, everywhere.
And the apples are fresh off the tree.
Retailing belongs in the dustbin of history.
Avoid retailing/wholesaling – and 75% of the cost of an apple disappears.
Metaphorically, everyone’s in line at the grocery store buying “one” apple.
We’re all cashiering ourselves to death.
An apple commons radically changes this.
Citizens providing apples for each other.
The entire system is citizens simply provide each other with apples.
Fresh, eco-friendly – and far lower cost.
Apples enter the system only via an entire truckload of Indiana apples.
Bushels are in turn delivered to what we call “orchards” (see map).
An “orchard” is any citizen (including actual orchards) who keep bushels cold.
Refrigerated mini-vans do “bursts” (show up for an hour) at 20 map locations daily.
Think “bursts” at Monument Circle, Children’s Museum, Good Earth, Butler – anywhere.
Citizens pickup ($12) bushels, $1 bags (10 fresh apples), or free (single) apples.
A map shows WHERE to find fresh apples – by day, by the hour.
Normally, the farmer only sees 20% of the retail price.
Now, citizens get fresh (10¢) apples and farmers get 70%-80%.
At 10¢ an apple – a culture of giving springs up.
The best way to tell people is to simply give them an apple.
And tell them about the map – http://AppleMAP.org (soon)
This one bike (video) can supply 25% of all the APPLES in Indianapolis. The dense population downtown alone radiates such a diverse commuter pattern (carrying apples).
Indianapolis enjoys 1000 cases of fresh apples daily. Building a commons can supply nearly all of that.
The apple commons is a “proof of concept” to change the world.
Millions of apples distributing “non-commercially” at scale.
The current Internet (.com, .net, .org) serves the world poorly.
We must re-think global data itself – (as a global commons, owned by no one).
Moving beyond “owning data” … data should be a grid, like electricity.
In a new namespace – .open (“dot” open)
New Top Level Domains (nTLD’s) are here now.
.jobs, .baby, .london, .coffee, .books
The apple commons team is a geeky group.
It’s composed of world-class Silicon Valley software engineers (from Indiana).
Imagine the nTLD — .open
An entire namespace (.open) where only “true commons” may be built.
An entire ecosystem where data is a public “open” grid.
Unlike GoDaddy … it’ll be difficult to qualify for a .open address.
Anyone wanting a .open web address must build using the .open grid “open” protocol.
The goal is to literally to build an entirely non-commercial world.
If this vision appeals to you – join us.
As a commons ourselves, we have no building, no employees, no expenses.
Our engineers however are paid by the orchards, since we’re building their apple commons.
Despite the hyper-low cost to the orchards, our engineers are quite well-paid.
Think 1/2 of a penny on millions of apples for engineering.
Indiana consumes 300 million fresh apples a year.
And we’re not restricting the commons to only Indiana.
(a large foundation guarantees your salary, regardless of apple fluctuations.)
1) Front-end developers (CSS, HTML, jQuery, Bootstrap, HTML5)
2) Ruby/Python backend developers
3) Mobile app developers
If you’re geeky, yet with only beginner/intermediate skills, we still need citizens who do documentary films, YouTube videos about “our apple story”, Google Maps API hacking, and social media growth-hacking.
Everyone has a unique skill – if you love our vision, call us.
Working with this crew is a Y Combinator opportunity, well worth it for any geek who wants to eventually make it in the Silicon Valley.