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Global Village Construction Set

Open Source Ecology (OSE) is a network of farmers, engineers and supporters, whose main goal is the eventual manufacturing of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). As described by Open Source Ecology “the GVCS 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.” Groups in Oberlin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and California are developing blueprints, and building prototypes in order to pass them on to Missouri. The devices themselves are built and tested on the Factor e Farm in rural Missouri.

Marcin Jakubowski, a physicist, founded the group in 2003. 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 made it to the world stage in 2011 when Jakubowski presented his Global Village Construction Set TED Talk. Shortly after, the GVCS won Make magazine’s Green Project Contest. The Internet blogs Gizmodo and Grist produced detailed features on OSE. Jakubowski has since become a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow (2012) and TED Senior Fellow (2012).

Open Source Ecology is also developing in Europe as OSE Europe.

Factor e Farm
The Factor e Farm is the main headquarters, 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.

So far, eight of the fifty machines have been designed, blueprinted, and prototyped. On October 2011 a Kickstarter fundraising campaign collected 63,573 USD for project expenses and the construction of a training facility.

In 2011, the project won the Green Project Contest organized by the Make magazine. It was also selected as one of the 21 semi-finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, among 162 participants.

List of machines

CEB press
Concrete mixer

Hay rake
Hay cutter
Bakery oven
Dairy milking machine
Microcombine harvester
Well-drilling rig

Laser cutter
Plasma cutter
Induction furnace
CNC torch table
Metal roller
Wire and rod mill
Press forge
Universal rotor
Drill press
3D Printer
3D Scanner
CNC circuit mill
Industrial robot
Woodchipper / Hammermill
Power Cube
Gasifier burner
Solar concentrator
Electric motor / generator
Hydraulic motor
Nickel–iron battery
Steam engine
Steam generator
Wind turbine
Universal power supply
Aluminium extractor
Bioplastic extruder


GVCS replication
During October, 2011 the first successful duplication of a Global Village Construction Set product by a third party group was completed. Jason Smith along with James Slade and his organization Creation Flame ‘developed a functioning open source CEB press. A group in Baltimore, Maryland, and a group in Dallas, Texas have also begun production of GVCS machines.

Source: Wikipedea. Republished under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 

Practical Post-Scarcity from Open Source Ecology on Vimeo.

1 comment

1 Blake Harris { 11.27.12 at 7:40 am }

There are a number of other videos available at the Open Source Ecology web site which show some of the progress in the design and construction of protypes.

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