Open Source

4 Jan

Hello No Waste Wednesday-ers and welcome to 2013!
We’ve been on a little break in these parts but are eager to start up again for another year.

This month we are coming back to our January theme of collaboration and the many benefits associated with it, environmental and beyond…
Check back to our 2011 or 2012 series for posts on collaborative consumption, carrot mobs, skill sharing, etc.

This week we wanted to draw your attention to an incredible initiative called open source ecology:

Open Source Ecology

Open Source Ecology

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, 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.

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 world.


You can check out the TED Talk by founder and director, Marcin Jakubowski to hear more or head to their website to peruse the many design plans to build your own technologies that make small or large scale farming more accessible…

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