Liam Rattray

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Liam Rattray

Team Culturing Information

last updated: 6. May, 2011

WHO are you?

  • Name - Liam Rattray
  • Location (city, country) - Atlanta, USA
  • Contact Information (email, phone, Skype) -

liamratt (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Introductory Video -

WHY are you motivated to support/develop this work?

  • Do you endorse open source culture?

I am a strong proponent of open source culture. I believe that open source licensing can provide the intellectual property regime necessary for the means of production to be shared with all people and for most crafts to be advanced through common innovation.

  • Why are you interested in collaborating with us?

I think that the tools that are being developed by Open Source Ecology initiative can be used for sustainable economic development in and around my community in Atlanta. I want to plug my networks into an international movement towards a post-scarcity society.

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

By providing access to the means of production necessary to radically and quickly shift the manufacture of goods to a local and ecologically integrated means.

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

Build alliances between appropriate technology developers in Atlanta and those working on similar projects internationally. I would like to help fabricate on this current run of tractors and block-presses and contribute to building infrastructure at the Factor E Farm

  • What are you missing in the project?

An international post-scarcity conference.

  • What are your suggestions for improvement of the project?

Factor E Farm should coordinate with other groups to organize an international post-scarcity conference so that developers and organizers can come together to share our resources and form working-groups for better collaboration.


  • 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

grant writing, policy advocacy at municipal and state levels, copywriting, budgeting, linux, HTML, java, C, electronics fabrication, metal fabrication, financial and managerial accounting, low-impact building, certified permaculture designer, horticulture, mushroom cultivation, waste vegetable oil diesel engine conversion, biodiesel processing, live video DJ, wood framing,

  • How have you already contributed to the project?

An essay on open source innovation and development, input on conference calls

HOW can you help?

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

I would like to be a codeveloper for living machine and concentrating solar power technologies.

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

I can provide coordination between appropriate technology projects in Atlanta and OSE ongoing throughout my work week. I can also volunteer my fabrication experience for the current production run for up to three weeks.

  • 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?

I can offer grant writing and policy analysis and advocacy for $30 an hour.


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

Yes. I work on an urban farm and we are looking to purchase renewable energy equipment.

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

Yes, I a researcher in the Georgia Tech Research Institute Living Systems Lab. We have expertise in solar energy, water filtration, and mushroom cultivation.

No, because I am a poor student.

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

No. I intend to continue to work in Atlanta, but I would like to coordinate our activities.

  • 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.

Possibly. This is largely dependent on the people involved. I look forward to meeting everyone!