Iuval Clejan

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Team Culturing Information

last updated: 14. June, 2011

WHO are you?

  • Name - Iuval Clejan
  • Location (city, country) - Atlanta, GA
  • Contact Information (email, phone, Skype) - clejan (dot) iuval (at) gmail (dot) com, (917)324r-9862
  • Introductory Video -

WHY are you motivated to support/develop this work?

  • Do you endorse open source culture?


  • Why are you interested in collaborating with us?

Because I want to contribute my talents towards a better world and I think this is one of the best ways to do it

  • How do you think that the GVCS can address pressing world issues?

If more people own the means of production (including land, which I don't see yet how GVCS addresses), there can be more individual freedom, and less de facto participation in untrasparent nasty behaviors. This has been the distributive vision for a while, and I think technology is the missing link to its realization.

  • What should happen so that you become more involved with the project?

I would either move to FeF or figure out some way to collaborate from here. I would like to get some funding from the Open Society Foundation.

  • What are you missing in the project?

I thought I identified some things yesterday, but upon further reading I am not so sure. I need to study your wiki more before I answer this question intelligently. Here is what I wrote Marcin yesterday, based on my dated knowledge:1. The reliance on computers for production of basic needs. I worry about your glib statement about production of silicon and aluminum for making computers. I used to work in the computer fabrication industry and that is an incredibly simple-minded statement. Perhaps it would be one day possible, but much would have to change and it seems like a monumental task.2. The reliance on junk materials. This would work for a while, until there was enough demand for junk (and then it would become expensive or unavailable to most people), until the junk ran out (this would only happen if the global industrial system collapsed), and until the junk wore out. We need to start thinking about extractive (using more renewable materials) and material production industries (I see that there is thought given to this, I need to see if it is sufficient). 3. The way to change not only technology but economics, into a distributive model where everyone owned some means of production without concentration into the hands of a few. Though local technology can contribute to this, I doubt it is sufficient.

  • What are your suggestions for improvement of the project?

Learn more about how people can get along in a village setting. Get some artists in the village to stimulate cultural activities that are not only technology related. Consider a different GVCS that does not use internal combustion engines or electricity. It might be alot simpler to implement in a local way.


  • List all of your skills in these areas: Communications - Organizational - Computer Support - Finances - Design - Natural Building - Electronics - Automation - Metallurgy - Engineering - Fabrication - Agriculture - Energy - Architecture - Video/Graphics/Art - PR/Marketing - Education - Construction - Industry - CNC - Chemistry - Product Design - Other

Finances-I am trying to get an Fellowshiop from the Open Society Foundation. I may also be able to donate about $80K to a non-profit associated with OSE.
Electronics-I have basic soldering skills, a BSc in EE, and used to work at Motorola making computer chips. I can build desulfators for lead acid batteries.
Engineering-I have experience as a materials/electrical engineer, but also mechanical-I built rocket stoves and improved the cook stove with an automatic feed.
Agriculture-I have biointensive gardening experience, and also wrote software to figure out what the grow in the least area to satisfy nutritional and soil fertility constraints.
Energy-I have experience with solar systems, both passive and active. I designed a simple drip system for solar hot water. Also the rocket stoves mentioned above. And an electric fence powered by a Kelvin Generator (powered by an uphill spring/gravity). I would like to get into glass production and metallurgy.

  • How have you already contributed to the project?

I haven't yet.

HOW can you help?

  • How are you interested in contributing to the work of GVCS development?

On the big picture, I may be able to suggest alternatives and missing links. On the small picture, I would pick individual machines or technologies and get them working.

  • Can you volunteer to work with us, and if so, how many hours per week?

Yes, in exchange for food and shelter.

  • Are you interested in working with us for pay? If so, what services can you offer, and what is your hourly or per-project rate?

Yes, I would charge $12/hour contingent on project completion if the volunteer option didnt work out.


  • Are you interested in purchasing equipment from us to help bootstrap development?

not now, but if I end up living somewhere else, maybe.

  • Are you interested in bidding for consulting/design/prototyping work?


No, because I don't know anything about it. Will check it out.

  • Would you like to see yourself working with us on a full-time basis?


  • Are you interested in using the technologies that we are developing directly?


  • Are you interested in being part of the world's first, open source, resilient community? The GVCS is the preparatory step for the OSE Village Experiment - a 2 year, immersion experiment (2013-2014) for testing whether a real, thriving, modern-day prototype community of 200 people can be built on 200 acres using local resources and open access to information? We are looking for approximately 200 people to fill a diverse array of roles, according to the Social Contract that is being developed. This may be the boldest social experiment on earth - a pioneering community whose goal is to extend the index of possibilities regarding harmonious existence of humans, ecology, and technology - as a beacon of light to benefit of all people on Earth.