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Open-source blueprints for a modern off-the-grid civilization

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Marcin Jakubowski dreams of living off the grid. Over the past few years, he's been working on a set of 50 machines he believes necessary to found and sustain an independent, modern community. He wants to "take everything that civilization has learned to date" and use it create a blueprint for a "Global Village Construction Set" that others can use to follow in his footsteps. His Factor e Farm has already developed and built a tractor, brick press, table saw, and bread oven, as well as many other machines. The farm hopes to have the complete set of 50 ready in 2015.

The Global Village Construction Set should give people everything they need not just to survive, but to flourish in modern living conditions with electricity, good sanitation, and fresh food. At present, though, Jakubowski and the dozen-or-so others than live in the community still rely on the outside world for much of their food. If you want to know more about the Factor e Farm, Bloomberg Businessweek has an enlightening article on the project, and there's also a TED talk from last year in which Jakubowski revealed his plans for the Global Village Construction Set.

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