Permaculture Voices Conference

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Marcin's Bio

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After receiving a Ph.D. in fusion physics, Marcin became Frustrated with the lack of relevance to pressing world issues. He founded Open Source Ecology in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality - by unleashing the power of accelerated innovation, open source hardware, and Extreme Manufacturing. He began development of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS)[1] — an open source tool set of 50 industrial machines necessary to create a small civilization with modern comforts. His work has recently been recognized as a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, in Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, as a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a White House Champion of Change in 2013.


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1. An inspirational quote that means a lot to you. "Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

2. Your favorite musical act? Bolero, followed by Psy's Gangnam Style.

3. Your favorite food? If you could have one meal, what would it be? Taco Bell, until open source local organic food is available to all.

4. 3 Keys to Your Success Deep commitment and passion, efficient enterprise operation, Extreme Manufacturing.

5. One piece of advice for a young person who wants to follow in your path. Do not listen to what others tell you is possible and impossible.

6. How big of a demand do you see in your field? The next trillion dollar economy.

7. If you could recommend people read one book related to your field, what would it be? Small is Beautiful.

8. If you are involved in agriculture, approximately how many acres do you influence with your work? 30