OSE’s main goal is to manufacture the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), an open technological platform that allows for the easy fabrication of 50 industrial machines which can be used to build a small civilization with modern comforts. OSE is an example of commons-based peer production.
Open Source Ecology was founded in 2003 by Marcin Jakubowski with the aim of making closed-loop manufacturing a reality. The mission of Open Source Ecology is to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production, and distribution – via open source collaboration – to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels. These ideas are being tested at the Factor e-Farm in rural Missouri. The main milestone for the first 20 years of OSE is eradication of artificial scarcity, which the organisation has designated as a basis for the evolution of humanity.
This network of engineers, producers and builders is developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS is a set of 50 of the most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. Marcin Jakubowski and his team are producing open source blueprints so that anyone can build and maintain machines at a fraction of what it costs today. His goal is to create a life sized LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools that can decentralized production to build modern prosperity in local economies.
Micro House model
The GVCS in itself consists of many other Construction Sets as OSE does not build individual machines, but rather construction sets that can build a range of machines. As an example, the Fabrication Construction Set components may be configured in a number of ways to build a wide variety of machines. This same approach has been applied to their ‘MicroHouse’, a modular building system core that is designed for add-ons. OSE’s goal is lifetime design, and low maintenance so only a few hours of maintenance per year are required to keep any machine alive. Their first machine was the Compressed Earth Brick Press, built in 2007. Since then, they have produced a tractor, soil pulverizer and the MicroHouse.
Founded in 2003 in Missouri, USA.
Case study date: July 2018
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