The Global Village Construction Set is a modular open source DIY platform of 50 industrial machines, from the brick press to the tractor to the oven, that can be used to start a civilization complete with modern technologies and comforts.
He is open sourcing the blueprints for these machines so that anyone anywhere can build and maintain them at a fraction of their costs today.
Marcin believes that lowering the barriers to farming and industry can unleash human potential. He founded Open Source Ecology in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. The mission of Open Source Ecology is to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes both production and distribution in order to bring about environmental regeneration, autonomy and social justice.
These ideas are being successfully tested at the Factor e Farm (e as in the mathematical constant) in rural Missouri.
Marcin has been recognized as a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, as a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a 2013 White House Champion of Change. The Global Village Construction Set was recognized in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012.
He came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his Ph.D. in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin.