Dr. Marcin Jakubowski
is the founder of
Open Source Ecology, which is creating the
Global Village Construction Set blueprints for simple
everything needed to start a self-sustaining village.
Marcin came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his Ph.D. in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin before shifting direction and starting a hydroponic vegetable farm in Madison, Wisconsin.
Lacking real experience in practical matters, he then began his education from scratch, and in 2003 he founded Open Source Ecology in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He began development on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), an open source DIY tool set of 50 different industrial machines necessary to create modern civilization from scrap metal. OSE has prototyped 8 machines and intends to build everything from an induction furnace for melting metals to an open source combine.
Open Source Ecology is simultaneously launching their first full product release of the Compressed Earth Brick Press (CEB), and building a new flexible fabrication workshop with their Tractor, Soil Pulverizer, and CEB. They are blogging, updating the wiki with instructions, and travelling frequently for speaking events. They are about to focus on strategies for developing the rest of the GVCS in a massively-parallel collaborative fashion through crowd funding and stronger developer outreach.
Marcin earned his BA in Chemistry with honors at Princeton University in 1995 and he earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 2003. He is fluent in English and Polish and knows basic German and Spanish.
Watch his TED talk Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization. Watch GVCS in 2 Minutes, The (Open-Source) Ecologist, OSE TV Interview – Austria Tour, Marcin Jakubowski Presentation, Marcin Jakubowski (Hplus Summit 2009) (part 1/2), and Marcin Jakubowski (Hplus Summit 2009) (part 2/2). Listen to Interview with Marcin Jakubowski about Open Source Ecology. Read Open Source Ecology: Interview with Founder Marcin Jakubowski.