Calling All Makers: Open Source Ecology Needs Your Help

Open Source Ecology

Our friends at Open Source Ecology are doing great, ambitious work in the world, and they need maker volunteers of various skill levels to lend a hand. What is Open Source Ecology (OSE)?

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set — a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

The aim of the GVCS is to lower the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing. Its a life-size lego set that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, or in the developing world.

In the immediate future, they hope to release the OSE Christmas Gift to the World, full product release and complete documentation (3D CAD, 2D fabrication drawings, exploded part diagrams, CAM files for open source torch table) of four machines, Tractor, Power Cube, Soil Pulverizer, and CEB Press, by December 24, 2011.

If OSE’s mission resonates with you and you have a little extra time on your hands, why not lend your skill to a project that will make a big difference in the lives of many? Check out this blog post for their goals and the 11 specific tasks they need help with, and then email them at opensourceecology at gmail dot com to get involved.

For inspiration and more info on OSE, here is founder Marcin Jakubowski’s engaging TED talk:

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