Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

Updated: Aug. 27, 2011 added an interview

on Apr 19, 2011


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Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that’s only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).

About Marcin Jakubowski

Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing a set of blueprints for 50 farming tools that can be built cheaply from scratch. Call it a “civilization starter kit.”

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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.

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9 thoughts on “Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

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  3. How about helping get everyone their on windmill or solar set up to save on electric costs? Any blueprints for wind or solar power?

  4. way too dependent on gas&oil!!! i helpend small farmers do all their chores back in the 60s&70s in northern vermomt&guess what,we did all the things they do today on these insanne factory farms with a team of good draft horses pulling somple &easy to fix machinery&spent not one penny on gas or oil!!!!! keeep it small& simple and live better my friends

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