Open source tractors?Now all we need is opensourse pitmines and an opensourse army to ensure supply.Opensourse industrial civilization??what?
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:Seriously, though, I get what you're saying. They're building an electric incubator with a vision to have it as simple, as maintenance-free, as easy to replicate as possible, relying on widely-available raw materials. If they weren't so fond of electricity, their principles would lead them to the bantam fairly quickly.
pipicus McCoy wrote:I had the pleasure of meeting with two folks who spent about 6-months at factor-E farms.
They thought the technology/ideas of the founder was impressive, but it is just one guy. He rotates people in and out, but I would not consider it a community in any material sense of the word.
Their seems to be a trend in males (forgive my presumptuousness, but I am male too) to focus on the glamorous technology that underlies community. But no amount of technology will create a "community". It may create a world similar to one we have now, where we are all very disconnected with one another; we all may survive, but at the expense of what?
The community of which I am a part is also doing research similar to Factor-E. We have learned much by way of his website. However, most of our research thus far has been in the social component of community. How to get a group of highly intelligent people with big visions together in one place long enough for the synergy of community to take place. Without killing each other, or the community self-destructing.
19 out of 20 intentional communities that came out of the 70's didn't make it past their first decade. We take to heart that technology has to be in service of community, not the other way around. We can survive and muddle through a lot without the technology as long as we have each other. But without a shared vision of community, and the social technology to mitigate disputes, the the people will simply walk away from the technology.
If you are interested in Factor E, you may also be interested in what we are doing in Washington state.