Global village construction set

As described by Open Source Ecology "the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is an open technological platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts."

The aim of the GVCS is to lower the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing. Its a life-size lego set that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, or in the developing world. It is the work of Open Source Ecology which is a network of farmers, engineers and supporters. It is an open source platform that is free for anybody to use, replicate, and improve. It is a community based solution for bringing wealth back to local communities. It can be used to start local food systems, renewable energy production, a construction business, parts manufacturing, or many others. Because all the plans are open source, they can be used to start small enterprise and reduce barriers to entry. Founded on the principle that it should take no more than a couple of hours per day of work to create wealth and to provide modern day comforts. The goal is to tame machines to full service of humans, not humans in service to the Machine. If artificial material scarcity is eliminated by using wisdom and modern technology, then people have a good chance to focus their energies not on 'making a living', but on pursuing their true interests and creativity. This can unleash massive amounts of human potential, and can address many pressing world issues. Open Source Ecology are interested in distributive production - an economic system which tends to distribute wealth to the largest possible number of stakeholders for everybody's benefit.

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