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Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers and supporters that developed and created the Global Village Construction Set, an open platform for low-cost, high-performance, modular technologies. It was designed to allow craft manufacturing of the industrial machines necessary for the establishment of small sustainable civilizations with modern comforts. The GVCS facilitates agriculture, construction and craft manufacturing.
It is an open-source solution for issues of sustainability in the agricultural world.
Open Source Ecology is a movement dedicated to collaborative development of open source, modern, reproducible technologies for use in rural settings. Following an open-source methodology, the project favours the low cost reproduction of hardware for anyone who wishes to gain freedom and autonomy. To achieve this goal, the project uses a combination of traditional and digital tools.
Most of the technologies necessary for a sustainable and comfortable lifestyle can be reduced to the cost of the scrap and labour. There is an immense potential for social change since these technologies will be developed so as to create a network of self-sufficient communities surrounding them. It will allow a greater liberation from material constraints
Open Source Ecology has developed what they call "distributive companies.” Anyone can help finance the project. The goal is to reach 1 million Euros before June, 2012 through financing from the non-profit sector. 40 000 Euros were already given by hundreds of donations through Kickstarter. The economic model for Open Source Ecology thus makes reference to a funding model based on the call for public generosity.
The triggering factor for Marcin Jakubowski’s initiative was the decision to freely publish the detailed plans of 50 industrial machines that represent 50 key pieces of equipment necessary for building an autonomous company. This equipment included a tractor, harvester, 3d printer, 3d scanner, 50kW wind turbine, excavator, bakery oven, CEB press, cement mixer, laser cutter, and plasma cutter. The project essentially consists in writing a set of instructions for an entire self-managed village.