February 21, 2012
Marcin Jakubowski, a young
technologist thought about which 50 machines would be needed for
life to exist such as tractors, bread ovens, circuit makers, and
many others that anybody can build through open source blueprints.
He wanted to create open source designs for the most crucial
machines "Do It Yourself" (DIY) versions that anyone can build and
maintain at a low cost.
The goal of the Global Village Construction is to create a
repository of designs so complete that a single DVD is effectively
civilization starter kit.
"If we can lower the barriers to farming, building, manufacturing...
then we can unleash massive amounts of human potential - that's not
just in the developing world"
"From what I've seen, this is only the beginning. 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 can lead self-sustaining lives without
sacrificing our standard of living,"
...Marcin Jakubowski believes that
only by opening the means of production can we achieve abundance for
all. Though he has a Ph.D. in fusion physics, he became dissatisfied
with its remoteness, and turned back to the earth as a farmer and
He is the founder of
Open Source Ecology, which is creating the
Global Village Construction Set, the blueprints for simple
fabrication of everything needed to start a self-sustaining village.
At Factor e Farm in rural Missouri, he's been successfully putting
those ideas to the test.
Taken from the Open Source Ecology's website:
Open Source Ecology
is a network of farmers, engineers, and
supporters that for the last two years has been creating the
Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance
technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY (do it
yourself) fabrication of
the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a
sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
The GVCS lowers the
barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can
be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can
create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the
project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing