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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Join Us Saturday at OSBG to hear Marcin Jakubowski

Contributing to the Global Village Civilization Construction Set: Our School at Blair Grocery partners with Open Source Ecology to develop an open source tractor for use in New Orleans ninth ward

Our School at Blair Grocery, Civic Center, and Second Line welcomes Marcin Jakubowski, TED Fellow and 2013 Rev Up Change Challenge winner, and the Open Source Ecology (OSE) Project to New Orleans. Marcin and OSE team are spending the weekend of July 27-28 in New Orleans continuing their goal of constructing six machines in sixty days (design sprint) as part of completing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). GVCS is an open source, low-cost, high quality production platform built on the foundation of simple, Do-it-Yourself (DiY) fabrication, providing a core set of industrial machines required to create a self-sustained civilization with modern comforts. OSE and Our School at Blair Grocery are constructing a LifeTrac 5 tractor to be used at Blair Grocery’s gardens in the ninth ward of New Orleans. The tractor will be constructed by students from Our School at Blair Grocery. 

Filmmaker Ian Midgley and Tom Girffing introduced Marcin Jakubowski of OSE and Nat Turner of Our School at Blair Grocery when searching for two visionary projects working on disruptive local and global impact solutions overcoming the challenges of addressing needs with a healthy, fair, and honest approach within today’s American economy. The documentary The Spark covers the intersection of these two amazing projects capturing successes, failures, challenges, and opportunities of their inspiring journey.   

OSE and Our School at Blair Grocery students are performing collaborative design at Civic Center on Saturday, July 27. Later in the evening the team moves to Blair Grocery where Marcin and team will speak about the OSE project and how open source models are revolutionizing the future of production. Marcin’s talk and group discussion are open to the public and press. The talk and discussion are scheduled to begin at 5:30pm at Blair Grocery, 1740 Benton Street, in the 9th ward of New Orleans. The design sessions will be held at Civic Center, 3067 North Rampart on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. These sessions are open to the public but we recommend people attend Saturday’s evening discussion to get comprehensive information on Our School at Blair Grocery, OSE, and open source development.  

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