Dear Backers -
Progress on the Civilization Starter Kit has been steady, including fuel to fund it. This is from September this year:
TED put the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) on the world stage – with almost 1/2M views of the GVCS TED Talk by now.
We are becoming one of the most collaborative projects in the world. People can get involved locally at Factor e Farm (Dedicated Project Visits), people can contribute technical design to the Wiki, or make remote technical contributions as project proposals and bids for remote prototyping and development – whether directly on GVCS 50 development, resource development, documentation, design challenges, or many other supporting tasks. As we move forward, we gain the ability to pay others to opensource designs. I welcome the recruitment of a Project Co-Founder to help me allocate money – as more than money, we need qualified people to allocate and use that money. For next year – we want a Farmer/Scientist to feed Factor e Farm with a full organic diet using our equipment; a Master Builder to house our increasing community; and Master Machinist/Fabricator to build out precision machining/digital fabrication/hot metal processing infrastructures. Yes, let’s finish the GVCS 50 by year-end 2012. If things continue as now, we’ll be done ahead of schedule.
We just achieved epic results on tractor fabrication in our new workshop. We documented the complete assembly from individual parts to full tractor: it took James Slade and Ian 8 hours to go from parts:
The Civilization Starter Kit DVD v0.01 is moving along – section heads are working on parts of the Table of Contents. We have more people arriving – Aaron to compose a Distributive Enterprise Business Plan for Earth, Luke to document the CNC Torch Table. Brianna is making progress on theironworker, and buildout of new tractor drive system is approaching in 2 days. Great progress on steam engine – we have identified complete plans for an intensively/extensively scalable modern steam engine, and the heat exchanger/gasified burner to run it is coming along.
If you can come to FeF in the next two weeks – we need to draw up plans for the workshop and living units. We rented a house in town for 6 people, as our living units won’t be ready to move in until mid February. We still would like to compose full cad for the Dimensional Sawmill and Loader Mounted Cement Mixer. We also need a full embodied energy calculation for our construction. The biggest task is composing crystal clear instructionals. If you do CAD, email me or Mike so we can pass on a few CAD tasks – generating parts drawings and fabrication drawings – where the latter are annotated parts drawings focusing on procedure rather than part dimensions.
In this update, I further emphasize the need for a Project Co-founder to join us at FeF full time as a startup instigator. The project is accelerating, and we need a superstar team. The infrastructure improvements at FeF will provide space for 10 additional developers – on our way to a world class development facility. We’re cracking barriers to a lifestyle of meaning and contribution to the world. Boundary-smashing, radical iconoclasts only at this point on-site, please. We look forward to remote collaboration from others.
I am being explicit about full shakedown of our tool kit for agriculture, construction, and digital fabrication next year – as a dogfooding prerequisite for further progress – and proof of economic significance. We are looking for a full time farmer/scientist, master builder, and experienced fabricator/machinist to join us on site. Once again – as enterprise instigators, not employees. The reward will be significance of Nobel peace prize caliber at the end of the day – as cracking the post-scarcity economy solution is a deep solution for many world ills.
As a personal aside – I’ve been critiqued many times for my hyperfocus on the 50 GVCS tools, in that I prioritize technology over community. So let me clarify: it takes hyper-radical super-freaks to pull this off. It’s not a walk in the park – general rules of conduct here do not apply. Just today I had a lengthy discussion on the topic. My response is that we cannot even pretend to talk about community development – ie, ample spare time for socializing and living large in a happy family – unless we address the underlying material scarcity condition that pervades society and affects us in every way. It takes quite a crew to create the alternative – for a brief and finite duration. It is in this context that I call out for completion by year end 2012. Personally – I want to move on to other things. I’ve been told that starting a family might be a good thing.
I am not blind to the power of mind of matter, as I am a meditator – but I strategically choose to postpone the community building aspect once the GVCS is complete. In the meantime – my pastime is delivery of product. I make this choice understanding the tactical resource-scarcity-based difficulty of pulling off this GVCS beehag. We are engaging the impossible on an even more ridiculous time frame. That’s why we will succeed. It is my pleasure that there are 5 die-hards here right now – converging here from their far-away lairs of comfort in the middle of winter – on a mission greater than themselves.
For me, the commitment means complete focus on gnerating economic power (the GVCS) from which we can lay a solid foundation for developing communities – anyone, anywhere. I would love it if someone else could demonstrate that they could generate sufficient resources to develop the GVCS on a 1 year time scale while enjoying a ‘normal lifestyle.’ That’s a contradiction, by definition, yet an expectation of many. Getting there is hard. Once the road is pioneered, everyone can repeat the same. If this is music to your ears – welcome home.
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