DIF Studio How to build your own village

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  • Marcin Jakubowski

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The Global Village Construction set has one heck of an ambition. They want to provide blueprints for all of the machines and tools you could possibly need to build your own village, at a fraction of the commercial costs. Having started in 2007, nearly one third of the machines and tools are now completed, and the first houses have been built using them. Their ambition, alongside their open-source, social production model, is something to behold.

Find out where this idea came from and how it has grown by hearing from the Founder, Marcin Jakubowski, in this live discussion.


Marcin Jakubowski

Marcin Jakubowski

Founder of Open Source Ecology

Marcin Jakubowski is a Polish-American who 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. Frustrated with the lack of relevance to pressing world issues in his education, he founded Open Source Ecology in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He is now working on open-source blueprints for civilization - the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS)— an open source tool set of 50 industrial machines necessary to create a small civilization with modern comforts. His goal is to create the next economy - the open source economy.

His work has been recognized as a TED Senior Fellow, in Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, as a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a White House Champion of Change in 2013. See his TED Talk for an intro.


Sebastian Egerton-Read

Sebastian Egerton-Read

DIF Programme Manager and Social Media Manager

Seb is one of the two Ellen MacArthur Foundation's DIF Managers. He makes sure the DIF’s content reaches the right people on a global scale through resourceful and creative marketing. He also feeds into the DIF's long-term strategy. When Seb isn’t working on the DIF, he’s busy managing the Foundation’s social media accounts and producing regular content across platforms as well as writing for Circulate news.

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