Marcin Jakubowski is a Polish-American physicist who founded Open Source Ecology in 2003 in the Midwestern US, in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality.

Jakubowski began development on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), an open source DIY tool set of 50 different industrial machines necessary to create a small civilization with modern comforts. His work has recently been recognized in his acceptance as a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, a 2012 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and his TED Talk was named the top 6th in the Huffington Post Best of TED 2011.

His goal is to create the open source economy - an economy that optimizes both production and distribution - while providing environmental regeneration and social justice.

To this end, Jakubowski is currently building a team of global collaborators and on-site builders for his land-based facility - to take this from concept to reality. He believes that the norm in society should be pursuing autonomy, mastery, and higher purpose - as in Daniel Pink's talk - and that achieving such a state can take us beyond artificial material scarcity. He believes that the open source economy is indeed a prerequisite to the type of autonomy that allows people to pursue mastery - consistent with higher purpose. His main interest is helping the world evolve to freedom by eliminating artificial material scarcity, which is driven by geopolitical relations. He thinks that this can be achieved by open-sourcing modern technology and adapting it for maximum human service: by lowering the barriers to enterprise.

Jakubowski’s approach to this is building an economic foundation for the open source economy - by deploying the 50 open source tools of the GVCS by year-end 2012. Thereafter, his plan is to engage in a social experiment to determine whether a modern standard of living can be achieved with the GVCS tools. He claims that the scale of a couple hundred acres in a community of Dunbar's number is sufficient to create an advanced civilization - namely, a civilization in which people have time for one another. More particularly, he claims that two hours of work should be sufficient in such a community to provide modern material prosperity - all the way down to smelting of metals and semiconductors from local resources. At the point of material post-scarcity - he claims that society will not be magically healed - but it will have a fair chance of evolving a higher level of harmony and cultural advancement where pursuit of higher purpose begins to weave back the societal fabric.

Marcin's motivation was formed by observation that gross terror and suffering is persistent, and that making a better tomorrow is a choice that all responsible individuals must make, proactively and without fear. With stories of grandparents in concentration camps and in the Polish underground of WWII filling his childhood memories, Marcin gained the conviction and passion to make a better world - to live the life of evolution that he talks about. He is an ambitious entrepreneur whose passion is fueled by constant learning, meditation, and a desire to live from local, sustainable resources. He claims that living the technology-enabled option of local resource use should not be an eco-elite privilege, but a transformational force that is a prerequisite for improving personal and geopolitical relations. His vehicle for transformation is the development of the Open Source Ecology paradigm - an open source economy where open technology is a way to reconnect to one another and to our natural life support systems.

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