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89 | How to Make More Integrated Humans

Marcin Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, an open collaborative of engineers, producers, and builders who have been developing new ways to design and create the solutions needed in our present and our future.

89 | How to Make More Integrated Humans

Jakubowski founded Open Source Ecology (OSE) in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. The mission of the organization is to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production, and distribution – via open source collaboration – to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels. OSE works through a variety of methods and programmes. It is perhaps best known for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), a set of the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – ranging from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker.

Recently, OSE has begun work on the full product release of the Seed Eco-Home: an affordable housing solution that doubles as a job training program. In the program, a novice can build a house independently for $60k, as it is designed in a modular, easy-to-build way. Additionally, OSE is now developing an apprenticeship to build 50 of these houses per year starting in 2023, with the goal to expand even further. The organization’s unique value proposition is to build these homes with 24 apprentices at a time using swarm build methods so that each house is finished in one week. Beginning with stick frame construction, OSE hopes to release a CEB version in one year from the initial product release. 

Jakubowski has been recognized on the Enrich List and gained the distinctions of a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a 2013 White House Champion of Change.

We had a chance to speak with Marcin Jakubowski on Social Design Insights, where he and our host Eric Cesal spoke about the future of agriculture, industry, and how to make more evolved humans. Join us below at the link.


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