When we started, we chose the name quickly, and knew as we progressed, we’d adapt and change to what’s needed and what works.
As with most programs that support a portfolio of projects, the key to success is to support all until it’s clear where the breakaway successes are, then to focus resources on those.
We’ve now seen a lot of progress on PPE in Bulgaria, and with the upcoming fundraise, the DIY Ventailtors name will be confusing and possibly the DIY part will be alarming.
Also, we have seen after 3 weeks that a few open source ventilator designs have moved much farther ahead than the others – those few are ready for hospital testing, testing for local reproducibility, and national certifications.
Our support network can also be better used by focusing now on teams that try to implement a world-leading design at a national level. The DIY name doesn’t suit those goals either. (We also have a search engine project in the works that can help find quick answers to component sourcing and certification questions.)
So we are proposing a name change to The Breather Collective (breather.co) , to better represent the fact that we are a collective of efforts working in cooperation on breathing devices, not an umbrella program for ventilators.
We need to act on this within a day, so just wanted to solicit any feedback, ideas or concerns now.