Economy in a Box: Reaching Post-Scarcity Escape Velocity

Nov 17 2010 7:00 pm

The Transition Sebastopol Energy Group presents Marcin Jakubowski on "Economy in a Box: Reaching Post-Scarcity Escape Velocity."

Join us for an eye-opening presentation that may explode your index of possibilities – or at the very least – that will leave you with a fresh view on the possibilities before us. This will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Suggested donation: $5 (nobody turned away for lack of funds)
Very limited seating, so please arrive early.

Marcin is also speaking on Tuesday night, November 16 in Cotati hosted by Transition Cotati. Details here.

The presentation summarizes the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – an advanced industrial economy-in-a-box which may be replicated inexpensively anywhere in the world. The GVCS provides the key building blocks for creating modern, resilient, post-carbon communities in a bootstrapping fashion. We will push the limits of thinking and practice of how the GVCS can break the feasibility and cost barriers of building communities from the ground up. This presentation will cover a bold program of requirements which would allow replication cost to reach a minimum. We believe that our discussion is worthwhile because these are not pipe dreams – but realities that we’re substantiating with daily results from Factor e Farm, our living laboratory.

Location: Guayaki Cafe & Mate Bar
6782 Sebastopol Avenue
(opposite Gravenstein Station/Coffee Catz)


About Marcin Jakubowski:

Marcin Jakubowski received his Ph.D. in fusion physics from the U. Wisconsin, Madison, and has taken a mid-course correction by founding Open Source Ecology (OSE). He will be discussing OSE's work in the presenation - The Global Village Constrcuction Set - An Economy in a Box.

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is an advanced industrial economy in a box that can be deployed inexpensively anywhere in the world. This social experiment aims to demonstrate, first, that a community of 5 skilled people with the proper tools may attain a comfortable lifestyle (100% food, fuel, energy, housing, and technology needs) with 2 hours of work per day with local resources. Second, OSE aims to demonstrate that a ~200 person resilient community can be created with a capacity to produce all of its own technology, up to the 1990s level of microchip fabrication – also with similar 2 hour per day work schedules.

The cost of creating such a community, and the cost of living, is reduced to one tenth the normal thanks to lifetime design and the savings from using open source software and hardware designs. The components of the GVCS are essential to life and work in the system - rather than decorative knick-knacks - and are "designed for disassembly" so each component, like the LifeTrac tractor for example, is easy to repair with bolts and simple tools such as wrenches, and is easy to modify and improve.

This project aims to collate all learnings of humanity to date regarding quality, modern lifestyles, minus any compromises associated with the status quo. The GVCS is designed to be applicable in any location where soil, sunshine, and water are found. The completion of the GVCS introduces the possibility of closing the industrial divide between the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds. The GVCS is a radical departure whereby individuals are empowered to take responsibility for the world around them – as creators instead of consumers. OSE focuses on turning ‘dirt and sticks’ into advanced civilization via application of modern technology to abundant, local resources. If this is achieved, by tapping humanity's unlimited creative potential – we just may begin evolving to freedom.


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