Build a village – or rebuild civilization – using Open Source

While researching projects for our upcoming event on Open Source Hardware I came across the amazing Open Source Ecology project. OSE features openly-licensed designs for tractors, generators, cultivators as part of its Global Village Construction Set – a set of 50 industrial and agricultural machines with which you can set up a create a small rural cooperative, or start rebuilding civilization after a zombie apocalypse or catastrophic socio-economic collapse.

Open Source Bulldozer from the OSE project

Open Source Bulldozer from the OSE project

You can keep track of the progress on each design via the OSE wiki, as each machine is developed, prototyped, documented and released.

(If the idea of building an open source industrial base sounds overly ambitious, its also worth remembering just how complex the challenge of creating a completely open source PC operating system was.)

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