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    This is an inspiring project that I have fallen in love with. I figure quite a few people here could get behind this. Check out the website at Open Source Ecology

    Overview from their Wiki:
    "Open Source Ecology was founded in 2004 by Marcin Jakubowski. We are 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 heart of Africa."

    They are guided by the idea of Abundance Economy:
    "When living inside of a modern economy it is easy to forget that it is possible for people to subsist for thousands of years on small areas of land by wisely using local resources. It is possible that the wise use of advanced technology and ready access to effective information can allow people to not only survive, but to thrive in unprecedented style using local resources. This implies that more people are makers - or more skilled than ever before to function as meaningful producers, thereby eliminating their dependence on the monopoly of centralized production and distribution economic systems, and freeing themselves from the compromises associated with such systems, such as externalized costs to increase perceived efficiency.

    When people no longer need to 'work to make a living' at the mercy of a centralized economic system monopoly, this opens up time for other pursuits. Abundance makes the job obsolete, as people learn to produce all essential and frivolous needs within their communities. People can then focus on more meaningful pursuits rather than a 'job,' thereby contributing more to the advancement of civilization.

    An abundance economy relies more on its own resources rather than uncontrollable global market forces. This promotes accountability and reduces the necessity of war.

    Governance is related to resource distribution and power. When people can provide for themselves - on physical and non-physical levels, and when people can produce ample surplus, abundance - they become masters of their destiny. They have no reason to inflict conflict with others. Peace and harmony are a result. This is essentially why we promote open source economic development. We are interested in empowering - especially economically - to the highest extent possible - to eliminate all war, conflict, and suffering."

    Link to their Guiding Philosophies Wiki:
    Category:Guiding philosophies - Open Source Ecology

  • #2
    Cool stuff swathorne. Thanks for the info and the links.
    People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.


    • #3
      No problem. I encourage anyone who is interested to join as a "True Fan" and donate towards the project. They are also loking for fabricators and engineers to work on site as volunteers. I stumbled upon them a year ago.

      I've seen numerous people here express their desire to live outside of the "rat race" so to speak without having to give up a modern lifestyle. This project is bringing that possibilty into reality.
      Last edited by swathorne; 07-27-2011, 08:26 AM.