Open Source Blueprints

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).

From the TED talk:"If this idea is truly sound, then the implications are significant. A greater distribution of the means of production, environmentally sound supply chains, and a newly-relevant DIY maker culture can hope to transcend artificial scarcity. We're exploring the limits of what we all can do to make a better world with open hardware technology."

copied Nov 8, 2011

Open Source Ecology (OSE) is a network of farmers, engineers and other supporters. The main goal of OSE is the eventual manufacturing of the Global Village Construction Set(GVCS). As described by Open Source Ecology "the Global Village Construction Set is an open technological platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts."[3] Groups inOberlin, Ohio, Pennsylvania , New York and California are developing blueprints, and building prototypes in order to pass them on to Missouri.[4] The devices themselves are on the Factor e Farm in rural Missouri, built and tested.


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The nuclear fusion physicist, Marcin Jakubowski, founded Open Source Ecology in 2003.[5]In the final year of his doctoral thesis at the University of Wisconsin, he had the feeling that science was too closed off from the world's problems, and he wanted to go a different way. After graduation, he devoted himself entirely to OSE.

OSE was publicly revealed in 2011 during a Ted Talk that Jakubowski presented on the subject.[6]Shortly after, the GVCS won Make magazine's Green Project Contest. The Internet blogs Gizmodo and Grist produced detailed features on OSE.

[edit]Factor e FarmEdit

Factor e Farm is the main headquarters of Open Source Ecology and where the machines are prototyped and tested. The farm itself also serves as a prototype. The residents grow their own food, collect rainwater, and produce all their electricity by solar panels.[7]

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  1. ^ Factor e farm information Accessed: 7/28/2011.
  2. ^ Google Maps Factor e Farm location
  3. ^ "Open Source Ecology", Accessed: 7-23-2011.
  4. ^ "The Atlantic", "The Atlantic", Mar 23, 2011. Accessed: 7-19-2011.
  5. ^ "About", Accessed: 7-19-2011.
  6. ^ "Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization", April 2011. Accessed: 7-19-2011.
  7. ^ Factor e Farm Information Accessed 7-31-2011.

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