Open Source Ecology with Marcin Jakubowski

“What is relevant is what solves the problem. If we had thought through real relevancies, we would be on Sirius by now.” ~Sir Peter Medawar

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Are you ready to be inspired?

This Thursday we will post my interview with Marcin Jakubowski. Marcin is a physicist and technologist who became a farmer. After learning the economics of small farming in rural Missouri, Marcin started Open Source Ecology (OSE) to apply open source techniques to small farm and enterprise hardware. His vision of 50 open source blueprints is called the Global Village Construction Set – radically lowering the cost of machines and tools that ensure the success of small farms and communities.

After our interview, Marcin asked me more about background and approach and to brief him on the project management system I used to create open source design books for and implement large, complex financial transactions for government agencies. We recorded that discussion and will post it as well. The next thing you know, I participated in one of Marcin’s online Design Sprints the following weekend and plan to participate in future sprints.

Our movie this week is Marcin’s presentation at TED in 2011, “Open-sourced blueprints for civilization.” You can get a quick feel for the rich, rewarding effort that Marcin and his team at OSE are leading. There are many opportunities for you to plug in and participate both virtually and on site.

For our live discussion Thursday night, I will start with Money & Markets and Ask Catherine. Please post your questions on the blog.

Related Reading:

MAKE Visits the Open Source Ecology Project


  1. Re: Missing gold’s plunge. Martin Armstrong didn’t. He is a bit compromised but worth investigating.

    Re: BRIC’s alternative clearing system. See Jim Willie on BRICS Development Fund or now the BRICS Development Bank and gold used in an international trade settlement system favored by China, Russia.

  2. I enjoyed watching the OSE TED talk with Marcin… and his brick-built homes are very cool!! We have had a resurgence of adobe-brick houses here in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, probably because we have a lot of clay soil here… Seems to me that it would work to combine the brick-built house with a lap pool, because what are you going to do with the big hole you have after you dig out the material for the bricks? Here is the solution: Each house gets a lap pool built next to it.. I guess you could also build an attractive kidney-shaped pool, or a pool shaped like New Jersey, but I am a lap swimmer, so this is how I think. Anyway, just dig out the brick material in the shape of pool you want, figure out the liner for the pool, and the water-filter-recycling system and each house gets a pool. I have also seen backyard designs where the pool “splash water” (if you get up a head of steam doing laps of backstroke and flip turns, you create a lot of splash-out water) become the watering system for the down-current vegetable garden nearby… Thanks for indulging me…:) …

  3. Very interesting video. I suggest people watch it before the interview. Truly inspiring. Kudos, Catherine.

    Wish it would work with the staff with whom I work to help me run a ranch….

    • BTW, in design school, we called them vignettes, not sprints. Same concept. Give someone half the time it would take to come up with a concept and you will be AMAZED at the ideas produced.

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