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|Open Source Ecology is a movement dedicated to the collaborative development of tools for replicable, open source, modern off-grid "resilient communities." By using permaculture and digital fabrication together to provide for basic needs and open source methodology to allow low cost replication of the entire operation, we hope to empower anyone who desires to move beyond the struggle for survival and "evolve to freedom."
By our analysis, most of the technologies needed for a sustainable and pleasant standard of living could be reduced to the cost of scrap metal + labor. There is immense potential for social transformation once this technology is fully developed for building interconnected self-sufficient communities, since people will be freed from material constraints and able to seek self-actualization.
We understand that this is an ambitious task, but we have accomplished much and are making rapid progress. Factor e Farm is the land-based facility where we are putting this theory into practice. Our means of achieving these goals are meticulously detailed in the "Global Village Construction Set" and the OSE Proposal.
As far as we know, this is a one of a kind project, but we hope to change that. If there is indeed another project like ours, please tell us about it.
15 February 2011 — A new draft of the Main Page has been proposed.
14 February 2011 — 4 Years of Factor e Farm — Factor e Farm, our land-based facility for Global Village Construction Set development, has now been alive for 4 years. We encountered the place as an empty soybean field abused by commercial agriculture. This video shows in 4 minutes what has happened in the last 4 years – and points to the plans for the next 2 years. These are exciting times indeed.
The tools under development are to help you! Please support Open Source Ecology through volunteering, spreading the word, donating (more info), or subscribing (more info). Any donation, big or small, can help. Thank you!
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As of September, 2010 - we have also had requests for larger donation options. Thus, we are creating the Gold, Gold Extra, Platinum, and Angel subscriptions - ones at $20, $30, $50, and $100 per month, respectively, in addition to the Standard subscription of $10/month.