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Us Now

October 25, 2009

The consumer is now the producer. With our media (YouTube, Wikipedia, Facebook) people like you and I can put our message into the internet, onto the blogosphere, ‘virtually’ everywhere, whereby we can now be fully participatory.

We “co-innovate value, and co-create value”. With a computer and a connection we reach forums, post to message boards, discuss groups and meet up’s, have conversations surrounding our specific interests – in which we find, and focus, more and more, on our commonalities. We make a community. The community was not made, and we then jumped in – that vertically built structure is obsolete.

And people are participating annonymously, and there is something about honesty to be said for that. Perhaps something to be said for the ‘wisdom of crowds’?

Why can’t not be part of this. But being we are part of it.

We can, and will, orchestrate our society. Of that there is no question. It is only how soon we become comfortable with the power we already have, and start to use it to remake our world, that hangs.

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At war

October 17, 2009

The creativity of human at war…

The peak of technology at it’s time.

Ours:

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They Call Jacque Fresco a Dreamer

October 14, 2009

LONDON (Herald de Paris) – “They call me a dreamer,” told me industrial designer and author Jacque Fresco with a hint of surprise. At the end of the day he only wants to change the world.

For over forty years he has been challenging all kinds of authorities, be them political, religious or economic, saying out loud that our system is not working to make everybody happy and wealthy but is oppressive and unfair. Finding hard to respond with strong arguments, authorities prefer to boycott him or, at best, ignore him.

As a matter of fact, it’s by no means easy to respond to his attacks: Fresco, founder and director of the Venus Project (www.thevenusproject.com), and his associate Roxanne Meadows have scientifically proved that world’s resources are more than enough for everybody and that the elites in power are not using them properly, but instead causing poverty, injustice and one crisis after the other. Fresco’s and Meadows’ unapologetic call for revolution is being welcomed worldwide, increasingly after the economic downturn that has hit all countries and made the middle class the new poor.

“At the moment we are lecturing and explaining what the Venus Project is all about, and we hope to gather enough people to put it into practice in many countries,” explained Roxanne Meadows. “In the society we envision people would carry on with what they like to do, without the need to work ten hours a day, because resources will be available to everybody.”

But what about the next step? “The next step, after education” said Fresco, “is to do a global survey, to see what resources exist, what diseases exist, what arable fields we have. We need to do a survey of materials such as concrete, cement, wood, everything. After your survey you’ll know what is, for example in America, the capacity to build, and after we study what diseases dominate, AIDS, heart disease, we’ll know what to assign hospitals to work on, the dominant diseases. We assign that by survey, not what Fresco believes! After that we need to build the cities, designed to meet the needs of people that live there, not what the architect thinks.”

Jacque Fresco doesn’t believe there is shortage of resources and advocates for a society where human rights are a way of life instead of mere paper proclamations: “If we have a high-tech nation we can make replicates of materials we have shortage of. If we have a shortage of building materials, whatever it is, we work on other things, right away, not one lab, thousands of labs are assigned. For example, we have a lot of people in this area but not arable land, so we work on soil recycling buildings. And near the ocean we start working on materials suspended under the ocean in different layers of sole water cultivated food, loads of research in that area. See? We have a lot of things to do.”

What about energy? “People think of photoelectric cells” he retorted, “there are temperature differences in the ocean that can generate electricity. Under the earth there is the geothermal energy, enough for thousands of years. Then there is solar, wind power, wave power, underwater turbines, all energy generators we are not using efficiently. As long as this civilization goes on, it may come to a point of no return, then we can’t do anything, I can’t control that, I can only say today we can solve most of the problems.”

In a world where the elites in power control natural resources, wasting them and causing starvation to two third of the earth’s population, what can we do to prevent that? In a system where the erroneous belief of the scarcity of resources is used as a means to control the population, how do we force our political class to share abundant resources fairly? “We can’t,” Fresco answered, “we need the system to collapse, which is happening all over the world. If you belong to any clubs or any groups, run films on the Venus Project and then invite criticism, participation and read what the Venus Project has found in relation to human nature: if someone grew up in a house of abundance, they don’t even know what scarcity is and then a guy says ‘How would you like to run a political office?’ he answers ‘That’ll be nice’ so he’s elected but he doesn’t know a damn thing.”

Fresco doesn’t put any trust in the political class: “Politicians, not one of them, throughout American history ever gave us anything, like the electric light, air conditioning, agricultural improvement, education. No politician ever gave us anything except words. ‘Be nice and proud to be an American’: politicians say things people would like to hear, nothing to do with the truth.”

Jacque Fresco is the most revolutionary thinker of our times, he sees earth’s resources as common heritage of all its inhabitants and the current monetary system as corrupt and contradictory: “It’s shortage that makes the monetary system, but monetary system can’t exist if there is abundance. The things you learn in school,” he went on, “are things that will keep you working to keep the system go on, they don’t teach you how to think, how to relate, how to share ideas with people you disagree with, without getting mad. No people are civilized yet, as long as we have war, prison, police, we are not civilized.”

Does Fresco have the hope that the Venus Project will be soon realized? “I can’t answer that,” he said, “that depends on what people do, I have no power at all. It’s what people do that determines what the future will be. I heard saying that what I was doing will make the world a better place: if I was that way, I would be romantic. I don’t know what the future will be, nobody does, so you do the best you can, and that’s all you can do.”

Unlike intellectuals who only criticize the current system, Fresco offers practical and feasible solutions to our present problems, drawing a plan for a new society, based on human and environmental priorities. The resource-based economy envisioned by Fresco and Meadows emphasizes the intelligent use of modern technologies to ensure abundance for all, reducing humanity’s worst afflictions such as poverty, crime, homelessness.

Jacque Fresco very outspokenly points his finger against today’s society: “In this monetary system there’s no such a thing called democracy, we need to base the economy on resources instead of money. Every job is social, repetitive and as boring as hell, education is more propaganda than information. We’ve never tried to bring democracy to another country because we don’t even have our definition for democracy. What we need is to organize a society that makes everybody live at the very top level, a multidisciplinary society where people wouldn’t be stuck in one field.”

The Venus Project has inspired activists worldwide. In the UK the non-profit organization “The Venus Project Design” has recently launched its website http://www.thevenusprojectdesign.com with the aim to recruit volunteer architects, engineers, animators and scientists to work on the Venus Project, and movie director Maja Borg is shooting “Future For Sale,” documentary on Jacque Fresco and his suggested society.

Photos by Francesco Rizza

http://www.heralddeparis.com/they-call-jaque-fresco-a-dreamer/58586

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Baptism

September 5, 2009

“With soap, baptism is a good thing” -R. Ingersoll

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Ecovillage

August 16, 2009
Paul Wimbush with model of Lammas Ecovillage (UK)
Paul Wimbush with model of Lammas Ecovillage (UK)

http://www.wholevillage.org/

The road up to Whole Village was empty and passed through fields and meadows, hailing an exit from the polluted populous of Toronto. “Most of the world is like this,” said Jonathan from the front, “we just see the city.” An interesting point to ponder as we turned onto the packed earth road leading to the village…

The low buildings came into view just above the rise, a large expansive bungalow with what were later confirmed as sky-lights, one in every room and hallway to allow natural light into the building, solar-south facing, reducing daytime electricity use. Large drums collect rainwater from the eaves, irrigating the little islands of greenery spotted around the parking area.

The welcoming atmosphere of the house, from Brenda (one of the founders and resident in the main house) and Natasha (first gardener of the village) greeted us with biscuits, lemonade and smiles; The kitchen, fit to feed the 17 inhabitants of the house, and the handful of others, is where community dining takes place, 5 nights a week, where the village consumption is 25% grown on the land, 75% from the localized area. There were around 30 people sat comfortably in the living room area, sprawled on couches and rocking chairs and Shane (property manager) and Brenda retold of the inception, conception, reality of Whole Village, where they came up against zoning laws, by-laws, building permits, and where they triumphed in the working community we saw around us. Introductions exchanged and why’s were asked (many an answer outlining a desire to learn of sustainability, and how one can create their own ecovillage), community living was spoken of (conflict resolution using the “Formal Consensus Process“), as well as the work-load on the farm, how it is shared, and how it is enforced, all culminating in a tour of the building proper and surrounding lands.

Ecovillage is not off the grid, that is something they are looking at (and in fact at the time of this writing they are in the process of installing a series of solar panels), at the moment all their energy comes from Bullfrog Power. The house, because of the square-footage (massive) is required by law to have an air purifier recycle the air – this is a huge machine that uses a lot of power and would be a barrier to energy self sufficiency on the farm (do alternatives for air purification for huge structures exist?). When building they did substitute a tar covered roof for one covered in a foam membrane, and are now looking at a green roof (the structure was planned with one in mind).

The village is filled with strawberry fields, an orchard filled with beautiful and growing fruit trees, green houses with tomatoes, asparagus, an apiary, maple forest, even a log seeded with mushroom spore in a canopied forest off a path.

The land is beautiful. The hills roll and invite you onto them. The people are friendly, they are sharing a common goal, as are we as The Zeitgeist Movement. Their differences pale when compared to their similarities, as do ours, as a species.

Some noted topics for further research: Engineered Wetlands, Masonry Heater,Clivus MultrumHeifer InternationalPetroleumproducts from Petroleum

As we look at a resource based economy, a sustainable future, the Ecovillage movement is in its infancy. We are responsible for its growth.

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District 9

August 1, 2009

A social commentary on racism? On apartheid? On the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?

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A number that talks

July 26, 2009

Money is garbage

40 politicians and Rabbi’s were busted in a corruption scandal, a few involved in illegal kidney trafficking, how unfortunate that we are reminded once again, and how very publicly, to mistrust ‘elected’ officials and religious ‘leaders’. Here is a great article from Time.

I went to war with the bank over $17.69 and won. It was a symbolic victory of principle, i felt that the prepared notes i presented upon being beeped to the bar counter were instrumental in securing the money my sold labour generated. The bank, however, felt no such dent – i was an inconvenience. A number that talked loudly and got not just an irritated glance and a dismissive allowance.

And here’s a list of banks that have failed recently. And here’s an article about the 64 that have failed this year.

p.s. Steph says: the world is having a heart attack.