Marcin Jakubowski

Building 50 industrial machines

So, what's the big idea?

Marcin is passionate about creating the open source economy. He is currently working on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), a modular, open source platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 industrial machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts.

As founder of Open Source Ecology, Marcin is building the next economy – an economy that optimizes both production and distribution – while providing environmental regeneration and social justice.

Marcin Jakubowski's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Robert Steele
Philip Rutter
Yann Lischetti
Catarina Mota

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.


Fellow contribution: $9,219.80
Our contribution: $240,697.99
Total funds: $249,917.79


Fellow contribution: $10,268.82
Our contribution: $133,313.18
Total funds: $143,582.00
Office space
Total funding to date: