Marcin came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his PhD in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin. Frustrated with the lack of relevance to pressing world issues in his education, he founded Open Source Ecology in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He began development on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) (see http://vimeo.com/16106427), an open source DIY tool set of 50 different industrial machines necessary to create modern civilization. His main interest is evolving to freedom by eliminating resource scarcity as the main force behind geopolitical relations - with the wise use of modern technology adapted for human service.
I am a boundary-crossing iconoclast who believes that material well-being should not be a privilege that only the few can enjoy. I believe that the necessity 'to make a living' should not be an underlying force in civilization that prevents people from pursuing their true passions. I am convinced that by injecting a little wisdom into our technology, we can tame technology for true human service. I believe that open society and open source economic development is a route to abundance and prosperity for all. I am convinced that until we learn to share, there will not be enough for everybody. Sharing means engaging in open source economic development. Open source economic development is an economic paradigm where everybody has access to best practices, optimized product designs, and access to local production. I believe that one day, open access to the means of economic production may become a favored option over monopoly money - and stimulate much higher levels of innovation that are currently possible. I am also convinced that economies based on artificial scarcity are coming to the end of their useful life. Abundance is not an airy ideal - but a state of mind and a rigorous condition where people have not only the access to knowledge and tools of production - but also to free time in which to cultivate their wisdom, honor, and happiness. I am dedicating my life to live by these principles, and to make this a practical option for anyone who chooses to do so.
In practical terms, I am looking for collaborators who are interested in developing a world-class center for open source product development - with the stated goals of eradicating poverty as we know it; increasing meaning in peoples' lives; and evolving to freedom beyond material scarcity - while living regeneratively with balance in our life support systems. I am looking for people who endorse open source culture - to the point of understanding that open, collaborative development - if carried out effectively - has the potential to produce results far beyond and fear-based development path. To date, nobody has figured out how to truly leverage open economic development for disruptive social change. There are many hints that this is happening, but to date, open economic development has been grossly under-utilized. Our Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal is to develop and propel the open source economic development methodology into the mainstream.
See my CV at http://openfarmtech.org/wiki/Marcin_Jakubowski
TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011
An idea worth spreading
Open Source Ecology is 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, the mountains of Oregon, or in the heart of Africa.
I'm passionate about
Distributive Economics and open enterprises - or open source economic development and decentralized production. See http://openfarmtech.org/wiki/Distributive_Economics
Talk to me about
open source economic development, distributive economics, open engineering, resource development, resilient community creation, Open Source Ecology, evolving to freedom, positive psychology
People don't know I'm good at
unicycling, drawing, boundary-crossing, iconoclastic approaches, meditation, focusing
My TED story
People can create their own worlds in video games, online virtual reality, or Lego blocks. What if we had the same power in terms of creating our own physical realities? Then we could create our means of survival: comfortable habitats beyond resource scarcity - where we can then focus on our true passions and interests. To this end, we're developing the Global Village Construction Set - a construction set for relocalizing production to generate true wealth and meaning - by the use of modern but appropriate technology. By open-sourcing critical pieces of infrastructure-creation, such as solar energy production or conversion of rocks to aluminum or soil to food - we can master our ability to survive. Is this possible on a small scale? We are beginning to demonstrate that this can be done on the scale of villages - which thus become totally self-determining, and where people can begin to pursue their most creative endeavors - beyond artificial scarcity of the Matrix.