Video of Marcin Jakubowski
Open Farm Tech
Presentation by Marcin Jakubowski, TED Fellow and Founder of Open Source Ecology. Marcin was visiting Oberlin and Cleveland to present his Global Village Construction Set- Low Cost Tools for Skill-Based, Eco-Agricultural Community Builidng. Addresses new ideas about merging manufacturing with regenerative agriculture, creating local models for flexible fabrication to power local economies. To see his full 32-minute talk at Oberlin, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKCJWltJzUc
Interview by MakeZine
The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) won our Green Project Contest at the beginning of 2011, garnering the most votes of all the eco-friendly projects submitted. Marcin Jakubowski founded Open Source Ecology, a network of farmers, engineers, and supporter, whose main project is GVCS, “an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts.” GVCS is like a life-sized Lego set, and each of the machines uses interchangeable parts, motors, and power units.
A few of their machines have been featured on the pages of MAKE. Jakubowski is immensely busy, to say the least, but he took the time to answer a few questions for us and give us further insight into OSE’s massive undertaking.
1. Tell us about Open Source Ecology. How was it started?
Open Source Ecology (OSE) was started to contribute to a global commons of open source information — with a particular focus on the tools of production. I started OSE in my last year of my PhD program, as a response informed by what I perceived to be a general societal lack of true collaboration and openness, which I saw even in academia. I noticed that even academia was turning into branches of proprietary corporate research and development, as opposed to the original mission of culturing open knowledge toward the benefit of everybody.
Read full interview at MakeZine