We are building the foundations for the post-industrial future.

Current Projects

WikiHouse

WikiHouse is an open source construction set that enables anyone to design, download, print and assemble a house. Founded in collaboration with Architecture 00, the WikiHouse project now has more than 10 chapters in cities around the world and a TED talk with over a million views.

WikiFactory

We are developing WikiFactory to enable design and hardware projects to collaborate as effectively as open source software projects. The in-browser, open source platform will feature a library of 3D designs and an easy-to-use design tool so that anyone can create, share and modify designs for digital fabrication.

Ampify

Set to launch in early 2015, Ampify is an open source, decentralised application platform. It will provide a web-application framework to create social apps on top of a secure, decentralised core.

Investments

Wigwamm

Wigwamm is an app for real estate agents and landlords to be able to upload a listing for a new property onto Rightmove/Zoopla/Gumtree within seconds from their smart phone. It allows landlords and vendors to see real-time interest in their property, keeping them informed and in control.

OpenDesk

OpenDesk is an online marketplace for local making. It offers a collection of digitally fabricated furniture by a range of international designers. All designs are open source and can be downloaded by anyone to be made locally and on demand - either by yourself, or by their growing global network of makers.

Selected Past Projects

2012

Community Crowdsourcing

Built in collaboration with our friends at Architecture 00, the Civic Crowd is a community action platform which enables people to map, collaborate and drive positive change in their area.

It enables people to share their projects, discuss ideas, offer their skills, appreciate projects, propose actions and volunteer to turn proposals into reality. It also provides community organisers with the tools to manage their projects and crowd source support and funding.

The platform now also powers the Greater London Authority’s Open Institute project.

   

2010

   

Social Business Incubation

Social Startup Labs are standalone, 1-day workshops at which local enterprise ideas are generated and acted upon.

We partnered with London Creative Labs to offer these intense but fun one-day workshops where participants brainstorm, learn, and network with one purpose in mind: to create new businesses that can create work for local people and contribute to sustainable regeneration.

The events drew a divere range of stakeholders, to effectively identify new opportunities for local value generation.

2009

Reputation Systems

Building on our earlier concept of trust maps from Xnet, in 2009 we built the Espra Trustmap, a web service for mapping trust and reputation.

By utilising APIs and integrating with other ID structures and social networks like Twitter or Facebook, Trustmap allows users to easily build a map of people they trust for specific subjects which enables the delivery of semantically rich data streams, such as search results or incoming stream filtered through your social networks.

   

2006

   

Video Streaming

In 2006 we built Green TV, the worlds first online broadband TV channel for environmental content.

Co-founded with Large Blue and with support from UNEP, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, Espians built the underlying architecture for the original Green TV platform.

Today it delivers 1/2 million video views a month for media partners including Sony, iTunes, Aol, blinkx and the Huffington Post.

2005

Co-Working Spaces

In 2005, we joined the original Impact Hub Islington, a network and co-working space focused on making a positive impact in the world.

Our members were instrumental in founding the global network of hubs, managing the technical infrastructure and collaborating on organisational development and most recently, founding the Hub Westminster.

Today there are over 50 HUBS with over 7000 members on 6 continents.

   

2001

   

Gift Economy and Micro-Payments

In 2001 we designed a system called Espra File Sharing, which was built on top of Freenet, as an early P2P anonymous file sharing network.

Espra provided a fully integrated online media player for all types of music files and a micro-payment feature which allowed members to tip musicians, both extremely novel features in 2001.

Over 50 artists uploaded their music to the public domain and thousands of pounds flowed through to musicians.

2000

Collaborative Decision Making

Originally conceived in 2000, Xnet is a collaborative decision making and participative budgeting tool that enables open organisations to define their organisational structure, manage project resources, keep up to date with who’s working on what and make intelligent, democratic decisions.

Discovering Wikis led to a new implementation of Xnet with a more open architecture and greater functionality (incorporating trust maps, jabber, VOIP, etc) as a web based collaboration system used internally between Espians.

   

1999

   

Crypto Currencies

Originating as early as 1999, Pecus are an Espian model for an alternative, reputation based currency, which were incorporated into the Xnet project.

More recently we incorporated much of the thinking behind Pecus into Open Coin, an early open source implementation of Chaum anonymous electronic cash.

In 2012 we developed the Open Coin crypto currency as a framework, defining open protocols for exchange of electronic cash, and implemented an iOS based Wallet.

Clients

Team

tav

Systems designer, visionary entrepreneur and aspiring polymath. Spends his time innovating on the cutting edge of social, economic and
technological systems.

Tom Salfield

Technical architect and software developer that is passionate about employing P2P and open source technologies to solve systemic problems and bring about a more open, sustainable economy.

Christina Rebel

Constantly building on her range of skillsets - from web development to illustration, strategic planning to video production, and more - to see social innovation projects through early stages and beyond.

Maximilian Kampik

Aspiring technologist and futurologist that enjoys keeping up with the latest tech innovations and implementations. Has a background in politics and international relations.

Ṣeyi Ogunyẹ́mi

Designer, programmer and languages geek. A student of life based in London, seeking ways to harness technology, design, and the scientific method to benefit humankind.

Alice Fung

Trained as an architect as well as experienced as a social venture developer, leading her to launch several innovative workspace environments and social innovation incubators.

Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Always takes an incisive, refreshing approach to growing ethical brands and startups with his marketing, web and print design, and business development skills.

Board of Advisors

Nicolai Peitersen

A thinker, doer and entrepreneur for a range of worldwide issues, his latest book ‘The Ethical Economy’ guides a call to build the instruments, institutions, and technologies to realise the democratisation of our economies.

Howard Rheingold

Best known for his books and talks on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communications and media since the dawn of these technologies. His call is to intelligently use media to realise a collaborative society.