“You are only going to lose when you give up.” Marcin Jakubowski
Lessons Learned from Marcin
- You can’t be dependent upon volunteer labor. It isn’t consistent.
- With so many different areas that he could focus on, he always tests it against the question – Does this fit the core mission?
- Developing multiple projects at once allowed him to see things that without that integrated approach that he would totally miss.
- You always have to be thinking one step ahead. If you get to X, then what. And what after that?
- Always keep to the meaning of it. Is what you are doing meaningful?
- Hard for haters to say anything if you are making progress and moving forward AND bringing enough people with you to sustain that work.
- Paid $30k in a real world education to get off his feet. It’s how you view it – the idea of wasted money versus tuition. What did you learn from that money and how was it used?
- Necessity is the mother of all invention. The lack of funds and the necessity to go lean forced him to do things he might have never done.
- Everyone has great economic potential. What can you do?
- “You are only going to lose when you give up.”
- Random hiring can be tough. It helps to have a working relationship with a person before you hire them.
- Stuck with ideas and innovation. Look at old patents.
Keys to Creating Relationships with Leading People
You can learn a lot by going to industry leaders to leverage their experience and start yourself higher up in the journey.
- Find the people who are willing to share their information and love and believe in what they do.
- If you go to them with something that is absolutely meaningful to them then they may be more willing to help because you are contributing to a field that they love.
- Be very specific in terms of what you are asking. Focused, targeted questions.
- Offer them value. Buy them dinner. Can you help them in some way?
- Respect their time. Ask for 10 minutes, versus an hour.
“Anytime the grind hits, there is always something great that happens.” Marcin Jakubowski
September 4-6, 2015
Maysville, Missouri, USA
The Open Source Ecology – Afforestt Workshop is a 3 day immersion event in Extreme Afforestation. A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster?
In this workshop, OSE is collaborating with TED Fellow and eco-entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma of Afforestt in creating mini-forest ecosystems using an accelerated method. It’s based on the practices of Japanese forester Akira Miyawaki, as well as on Sharma’s own experiences gleaned from his former career in car manufacturing. We are collaborating with Afforestt in sharing and disseminating know-how in ways to grow native, self-sustaining forests anywhere in the world, with the efficiency of industrial processes.
We will plant a 2000 square foot Extreme Forest using the Miyawaki Method, and document the process carefully. Participants will experience the process from start to finish, both in the philosophical underpinnings and in the practical skills for preparing and planting a forest. The complete workshop is 3 days, and begins with an exploration of afforestation entrepreneurship. Building upon the applied work of Afforestt, the seminal research of Dr. Miyawaki, the technology transfer of Open Source Ecology, the concept of the Open Source Nursery, learnings from the Miracle Orchard, and the ground-breaking work of woody plant breeding as done by Badgersett Research – we will begin mapping the business model and training program for replicable forestry and perennial crop enterprises.
During the Afforestation Entrepreneurship Day – Afforestt and OSE are joining forces to open-source 3 afforestation business models. First is the owner operator model designed for a small business. Second is the workshop model, where immersion training workshops are held to do both an install and to train prospective afforestation entrepreneurs. Third is a larger Afforestation Hub designed as a federation of open source entrereneurs who can handle larger afforestation projects with more complex logistics.
The intent of the workshop is to push the limits of perhaps the most conscious and conspicuously productive effort that any human can undertake: planting trees.
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