ArkFab Innovation Foundation
"The ArkFab Innovation Foundation harnesses an emerging global network of collaborative expertise and open source sustainable technologies development to provide local entrepreneurs access to the tools and resources they need to rapidly adapt their communities to continuously shifting landscapes of risk in our complex society. The Foundation’s community innovation system stimulates commons-based peer production in at-risk communities with cost effective local ArkFab Innovation Centers.
These community innovation centers are comprised of
- ArkFab Power, a locally sourced carbon-negative power generation system
- ArkFab Lab, a digital flexible fabrication prototyping, manufacturing and cloud supercomputing facility and the
- ArkFab Endowment, a revolving loan fund that provides mesofinance start-up capital for new for-profit environmental enterprise while funneling incoming returns on investment towards research and development grants, educational and vocational programming, and local not-for profit social enterprise
By building a global network of distributed ArkFab Innovation Centers that provide access to the resources potential entrepreneurs and innovators need we create a system of community innovation that will generate locally relevant and culturally and economically appropriate technological and business. The ArkFab Innovation Centers focus primarily on developing local knowledge and financial independence with programming with our local partners that encourages entrepreneurship, small business development, cutting-edge vocational training, and high-tech infrastructure development for the community. For example, we work with local technical colleges to provide vocational training in small-scale flexible digital fabrication and design and small ecological manufacturing business management." (http://permatechie.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/arkfab-innovation-foundation/)
See the full executive summary at Scribd: ArkFab Innnovation Foundation Executive Summary, at http://www.scribd.com/doc/27631955/ArkFab-Innovation-Foundation-Executive-Summary