June 2 8am update: We had very gusty thunderstorm this morning, but all is well and we expect to be dry and in good shape for the party. Partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures should make for a really comfortable event. We may post another update later, but if not, it’s all good here and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Our keynote speaker is Marcin Jakubowski of Open Source Ecology (OSE) in Maysville, MO. Marcin was trained as a fusion physicist. He left academia right after finishing his Ph.D. to start a farm – in Missouri. For the last 7 years, he has been working on the Global Village Construction Set – a set of enabling tools and machines for building regenerative infrastructures. Marcin is passionate about creating the Open Source Economy – a new operating system for Earth (see Marcin’s bio and Civilization Starter Kit TED Talk.)
Marcin’s presentation for us is “Towards an Open Source Civilization: Democratizing Production and Regenerating the Environment.” Expect a compelling and entertaining talk covering his work with OSE, its immersion programs and workshops, initiatives such as the Open Building Institute (low-cost, open-source ecological housing), aquaponics greenhouses… If you are interested in small, local industry, his Open Source Microfactory — based on OSE designs — will be right up your alley.
Catarina Mota is an open source advocate. She founded the Open Building Institute, co-founded Open Materials (do-it-yourself smart materials) and AltLab (Lisbon’s hackerspace). Previously, she co-chaired the Open Hardware Summit 2012, served on the board of directors of the Open Source Hardware Association, taught as an adjunct faculty member at ITP-NYU, and was a fellow of the National Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal. Catarina holds a Ph.D. in communication sciences and her research work focuses on the social impact of open and collaborative practices for the development of technologies. She is a founding member of the Open Source Hardware Association and a TED fellow.
Catarina will join Marcin for the panel discussion “How to Make Affordable, Ecological Housing Widely Accessible.”
As if all this wasn’t enough, Marcin will lead a 3D Printer Building Workshop from 8am-1pm, open to anyone who would like to take home their own 3D printer. For a full description of the workshop and registration, see www.opensourceecology.org/3d-printing-homestead-hoedown
Other workshops include the Old-Time Music workshop led by Jeff Haemer of Boulder, CO, and the Let’s Talk Solar Electric! workshop led by Caroline Hendrick and Mike Lee. More details on the flyer back (below).
We have awesome music and community dancing for you as well! The barn dance, immediately following the epic potluck dinner, will feature beginner- and advanced-friendly calling by Jill Allen (Lawrence, KS) and Jim Thaxter (Columbia, MO). Seriously good, live old-time stringband music by the Katy Flyers of St. Louis, MO and Lawrence, KS. The band features Roger Netherton (fiddle), Tricia Spencer (fiddle, guitar, banjo-ukelele), Howard Rains (fiddle, guitar) and Kathy Gordon (bass fiddle).
Don’t miss this great band, and the epic old-time jam to follow. Stay late, bring a snack and your favorite beverages!