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What is Open Source Ecology?

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last four years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set – an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY (Do It Yourself) fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

Taken literally, open source means that the goods and knowledge for reproducing the complete product (the “source”) is freely accessible (open), and ecology is the study of living interactions between organisms and their natural environment. As humans we can connect to nature directly and by using technology. Our ability to transform natural resources – by means of appropriate, open source, high-performance technology – connects us to nature in that it connects us to the resources that sustain us and make us prosper.

Open Source Ecology’s goal and current engagement is creating tools to build replicable, open source, modern off-grid resilient communities using open source permaculture and technology to work together for providing basic needs and self replicating the entire operation at the cost of scrap metal. We seek societal transformation through interconnected self-sufficient villages and homes. This is a stepping stone to transcending survival and evolving to freedom.

We are developing and testing the set of tools required to build such a village – the Global Village Construction Set. Land stewardship and local production via open source design and digital fabrication – founded on open sharing of information – are the key features of this adventure. Right livelihood and resolution of pressing world issues is the intended byproduct.

Further, we hope to build the infrastructure to allow people to share the information needed to redesign, repair and re-imagine this set, to develop networks for sharing skills and raw materials, and to help each other perfect our vision of self-sufficient living.

We hope that having survival needs taken care of outside of the current order will give people the freedom to become deeper, more thoughtful, more creative human beings. By giving people a means to live a modern life that is closely connected to the land that sustains them, we hope to allow them to become careful stewards. This way of life may change the game for human survival on this planet.