OPEN SOURCE ECOLOGY
Blueprints for Civilization. Build Yourself.
The mission of Open Source Ecology is to create the open source economy. An open source, libre economy is an efficient economy which increases innovation by open collaboration. To get there, OSE is currently developing a set of open source blueprints for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – a set of the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. In the process of creating the GVCS, OSE intends to develop a modular, scalable platform for documenting and developing open source, libre hardware – including blueprints for both physical artifacts and for related open enterprises. The current practical implementation of the GVCS is a life size LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools for distributed production. The Set includes fabrication and automated machines that make other machines. Through the GVCS, OSE intends to build not individual machines – but machine construction systems that can be used to build any machine whatsoever. The GVCS is intended to be a kernel for building infrastructures of modern civilization.
Trough Factor e Farm, A Test Bed for Systems-Level Innovation, they are experimenting with what it would look like if a small group of people were able to achieve a full resilient lifestyle, by tapping solar power (direct and indirect) and appropriate industrial technology – to master infrastructure maintenance at no more than a few hours per year – to attain raw industrial productivity with appropriate, heirloom and modern technology – to ascertain production of food, housing, energy, and technology from local feedstocks. This implies significant technology, productivity and efficiency levels – essentially removing waste from the unstable model of centralized industrial production, and converting to a more congruent and ethical open source economy.