Odds are, if you're reading this, you're already part of a modern civilization. But what if the Earth got hit by a giant comet and we all needed to start from scratch? Most of us wouldn't have a clue what to do, but this open source project aims to provide start-up civilizations with everything they need to make a self-sufficient jump into modernity.
Comet or no comet, starting out is never easy, especially in the developing world. Building a village requires specialized knowledge, specialized tools, and a bunch of money. Open Source Ecology's Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) aims to provide all the knowledge you'll need for free, detailed instructions on how to build the tools, and advice on how to minimize the number of cash piles it'll take to throw it all together into something that works efficiently and sustainably.
For example, one of the most important parts of any village are the buildings. Do you (yes, you) know how to build a building? No? Me neither! According to the GVCS, you can do it in a sustainable way with bricks made of compressed dirt, and it'll tell you how to build your own dirt brick compressor for dirt cheap: a mere $4,000. That's ten times less than it would cost you to go out and buy one. It'll also tell you how to use it, and more importantly, how to fix it if breaks.
The complete Global Village Construction Set will include 50 different industrial machines, from tractors and sawmills to wind turbines and steam generators and CNC mills and 3D printers and laser cutters. Apparently, with all 50 of these machines, you can create "a small civilization with modern comforts." Yep, that's all it takes. So far, they've prototyped eight of these machines, and with help from Kickstarter, they're hoping to get to work on the other 42 to make them available to hopeful developing civilizations all over the world.
Check out the video below to see how it's all supposed to work.