20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
Open Source Ecology
Video posted Dec 06, 2012
Ron: This IS the future Pilgrims! Feel the freedom and the energy surge when you think about how you can be genuinely involved in community building, literally as well socially. Here' my transcription of the words spoken in the video.
Right now the world's productive power is controlled by a few giant corporations. Their products are expensive, their designs are secret and to make things worse we are now seeing these same companies engineer their products TO FAIL OVER TIME, simply to increase profits. I saw this problem and I thought "we have all the tools available to make this machinery for ourselves. and with the internet we can distribute our designs for next to nothing.So I bought some land and started building.
From our location in Missouri we're developing low cost tools that anyone can build and we're sharing our designs on the internet, FREE OF CHARGE.
People who need equipment are typically the ones who can least afford it. For applications that are anything from Third World development to a dying farming community, to standard economic enterprise. The point is that we make equipment available to everyone who needs it. .
Open source ecology is a project that's in practice we're working on the global village construction set. Which is a set of the 50 industrial machines that it takes to build a small civilisation with modern comforts.
It's everythin g that you need to provide your energy, food, housing and other technologies.
It enables genuine true collaboration and avoids the current global situation in which the patents are held by big corporation that prevent use of inventions and the so-called intellectual property that people need to build and use the machines civilisation depends on for use and comfort.
The beautiful thing about the open source development method is that you produce the plans, you GIVE a lot to the community and then stuff starts coming back. then the products get better and better Everybody wins!
There's actually quite a lot of people who never thought that they could build a house. and by kind of like showing them "Hey look, I've never built a house before. i've never done hydraulics before, but it seems to be working."
A lot of times it seems impossible to build your own living environment. For me it's been the most transformative experience. I've learned that I can do it and i want to show that to others.
What if everybody were to join together to make the best productds; most robust products, that are open source that anyone has access to producing them. And therefore you can run an economy in a collaborative way as opposed to a COMPETITIVE, WASTEFUL WAY.
We can build this stuff. It's this mythology of incompetence or power control that got us to think that we can't to things for ourselves. BUT, WE HAVE THE POWER. So I would inspire people to go out and BUILD YOURSELF.
Director/Producer/Editor: TRISTAN COPLEY SMITH
Director of Photography/Effects Editor: Drew Cox
Music Composer: Nicholas Singer