Introducing the Science Scout Badges Free Market Economy (or SSBFME - another worthy acronym)

i-2b26288990dac26ce73bb58d62328835-Picture 22.png
@dnghub Twitter Feed

Original article can be found at our Science Scout site.

- - -

(Acronyms used: SSBFME = Science Scout Badges Free Market Economy)

So... It's been a few years since the Science Scouts were born, and (at last count) we have received over 300 emails from various Indian or Chinese Embroidery companies looking to "offer their badge making services." Finally, we're now of mind to finally lay out a game plan for the selling and obtaining of these Science Scout badges, physically.

And basically, we're going with the free market model - specifically the SSBFME.

In other words, if you want to make them, you are more than welcome to make them and then sell them as you see fit. You can even change the look of the badge, because we figure if you do a good job, then who are we to say that what you're doing is wrong. Likewise, if you want to make badges with gold leaf and sell them for thousands of dollars, make scratch and sniff badges, or provide badges embedded with LCD screens that twinkle annoyingly, then who are we to stop you? This is, after all, about community, and science, and (of course) badges.

We do, however, like to say that we are not, ourselves, responsible for any of the shenanigans involved in this science scout badge economy. In other words, we'll take an arms length approach, happy to just look on, with amusement and a bit of pride as well.

In fact, here is the fist batch.

Don't they look wonderful? In fact, they are lovingly crafted by Rachel Newlin, and you can get them at her Etsy link (better hurry actually: being hand made, they are in limited supply)!

All to say, that we are thankful to Rachel for providing the proverbial catalyst for this market, and also hopeful that others will join in too. Anyway, if you do plan on becoming part of the SSBFME, then do make sure you leave a note on the Science Scout site - maybe at the actual badge post - and we'll also try to do our best to showcase your endeavors.

Happy collecting!

More like this

Nov 27, 2009 Dear lovers of science, badges, and various degrees of alcohol consumption Today, I'll be scanning the comments at the Facebook group to create a few more Science Scout badges to put up sometime tomorrow, but if you've got a great idea best way is to send via my twitter account (@…
Scientists move through the world without needing badges to indicate their various achievements.This does not mean, however, that scientists might not want badges. If scientists all wore sashes of badges over their lab coats, it might well facilitate communication by letting them determine the…
Those kooky Canucks at the Science Creative Quarterly have started a new club: the Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique. Anyone is free to join, provided they're not a teetotaling, lying, world-dominating, badge-hater, 'cause they're really into badges. To…
Yes, I was never a member of Boy Scouts (no such thing in Yugoslavia, of course), but I will gladly join the Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique, the brand new organization founded by the folks of World's Fair and the Science Creative Quarterly. Steve of…

Stuff looks good. For your next design, How about an old-fashioned life buoy: "Escaped drowning in pursuit of science"? Trying to achieve zero flotation alone in the swimming pool is a few neurons short of smart.

By Reynir, .is (not verified) on 17 May 2010 #permalink

If they make a beer drinking badge, then I could earn that and the explosion one simultaneously. No, seriously it happens a lot.