arcin Jakubowski, Ph.D, believes in open source. But not the software kind: the tractor kind.
Marcin has been working for some time to create inexpensive, open-source designs for agricultural tools like tractors. Designed to be cheaper than the commercial ones most big-scale farmers use—which would be affordable to people in lower-wealth areas—these designs are available right now and could increase productive of small-scale farmers.
That means tough-to-farm areas could produce more food, and support more people, which would allow for historically poorer areas to flourish and grow.
Check out this inspirational video:
Oh, and because everything is open-source, it’s totally free of cost and can be improved by anyone who wants to help. You could even download it all, make whatever changes you want, and release your own version, based on the original.
We talked about this before, almost two years ago. Check out our post about Marcin’s TED talk, which is still interesting and relevant today.
- Global Village Construction Set wiki
- Marcin’s TED talk, where he talks about the significance of this project.