I read the article about the open-source tractor business that is being run in Cuba by two men of Cleber LLC. Their tractor model, known as the Oggun, is simple, classic design that is then being combined with new technology. The two men, Clemmons and Berenthal, have decided to open their business in Cuba, a huge step since the lifting of the 1960 embargo. Having seen the daily struggle of Cuban farmers first-hand, these men have opened a business that is both sustainable but also very socially-minded. This emphasis on furthering social good can most be seen through their decision to open-source, rather than patent, the Oggun tractor design.
“Clemmons says their ‘make it live longer’ model sets them apart from other equipment companies that use patented, proprietary components,” the article stated. I love the work that Clemmons and Berenthal are doing, because they are fighting against the natural “profit as the end goal” mindset, and instead are focusing on improving a business that is dedicated to helping Cuban farmers. Stories and exmaples such as this are helping me see how incredibly beneficial and valuable it can be to adapt the OSD model, rather than choosing to patent.