Open Source Ecology- Presentation at Oberlin College

Public talk at Oberlin College by Marcin Jackubowski about the Open Source Ecology concept. FIlmed at the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies on January 11, 2011. Marcin presents his ideas about flexible fabrication and distributed manufacturing as a part of a bottom-up approach to building local self-reliance. His project to build a Global Village Construction kit includes development of a open-source equipment design that can enable local communities to more productively meet basic needs of food, energy, and shelter that utilize local resources and energy.

Affinity Groups: Open Source Ecology
Edible Forest Garden at the Intergenerational School

Video featuring a short interview with Dave Jacke, permacutlure designer and author of the two volume books titled- Edible Forest Gardening. Jacke was visiting Cleveland to offer a weekend workshop at the Intergenerational School in Cleveland, a school focused on experiential education and bridging younger and older generations in collaborative learning processes. With the leadership of local permaculture designer Brett Joseph, the edible forest garden was established in a courtyard of the school, replacing mowed grass and a relatively un-used space on campus grown into a biologically diverse forest garden for learning, eating, and community gathering. To learn more, check out

Open Source Ecology

This video features an interview with Marcin Jakubowski, TED Fellow and Founder of Open Source Ecology. Marcin was visiting Oberlin and Cleveland to present his Global Village Construction Set- Low Cost Tools for Skill-Based, Eco-Agricultural Community Building. He merges concepts for creating local models for flexible fabrication and distributed manufacturing. In much the same way that local food economies involve more closed-loop, localized production networks, the open source ecology concept focuses on creating the tools and technologies needed to tap the potential of our local places to support our basic food and energy needs.

Tags: permaculture
Affinity Groups: Open Source Ecology
NEO Food Study- NEO Food Authority

Michael Shuman, Project Director for the Northeast Ohio Local Food System Assessment and Plan, discusses the need to develop a blueprint for a NEO Food Authority as a way to raise some initial capital to finance a variety of key local food meta-businesses. Solving the capital problem, he contends, will unleash a variety of businesses and activities in local food systems and support future growth. He envisions the eventual creation of multiple food authorities to support and capitalize efforts across the NEO region, but emphasizes the need to start with one model organization. The NEO Food Authority would provide a new type of organization that supports more self-sustaining efforts that facilitate a stronger local food economies, from business to business matching to local currencies or consumer mobilization.

NEO Food Study- Local Food and Economic Development

Michael Shuman talks about the importance of appropriate government involvement in supporting local food systems. Unfortunately, many current public policies create an uneven playing field that is stacked against local food businesses. Leveling the playing field can include such public policies procurement reforms, zoning and land-use reforms, mobilizing public health services to center campaigns around local food, and looking at opportunities for public employee pension funds to be partially invested in local food-related businesses.

NEO Local Food Infrastructure

Michael Shuman, project director for the Northeast Ohio Local Food System Assessment and Plan talks about the need to build a supporting infrastructure for local food systems to increase opportunities and reduce barriers to entry for farmers and food entrepreneurs. He refers to the local food assessment recommendations for creating food hubs, kitchen incubators, and processing facilities to provide access to equipment and facilities that, in many cases, would be too expensive for businesses to afford on their own. Stronger facilities for processing, packing, and distribution can expand the scope of activity in the local food economy and get the region closer to the goal of 25% localization.