Global Village Construction Set

Open Source Ecology is “a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set.  The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

Those 50 machines range from tractors to bread ovens to circuit board makers and founder Marcin Jakubowski and volunteers from all over the world have prototyped eight (as of November 2011) so far.

I love this idea.  Check out Jakubowski describing the concept in this brief TED talk:

As Jakubowski says, “We’re focusing on hardware because it is hardware that can change people’s lives in such tangible and material ways.”  Not just for developing countries, but developed ones too—farmers, small business owners, etc.  ”Our goal is a repository of published designs so clear and so complete that a single DVD is effectively a civilization starter kit.”

For those of you who got excited about the page full of logos for other open-source hardware initiatives like I did, here they are with links—enjoy!

RepRap
Arduino
MAKE:
Lasersaur
MakerBot
TechShop
Willow Garage
DIY Drones
SparkFun 

Communication Design: Living Graffiti

For those who might like to use more moss in their messaging:

moss graffiti - how to

This DIY tutorial comes from a book called More Show Me How and you can view larger, clearer graphic and step-by-step instructions from the book here on Popular Mechanics.  One of eight selections from the book, you can also learn how to make a metal detector, a backyard raku kiln, and a pretty labor-intensive, maybe safe and effective bed warmed by hot coals in the wilderness.

Thanks to Street Art in Germany for posting this on Facebook, and Nils Klinkenberg for passing it on.