Resource Based Economy
A Resource Based Economy (RBE) is a holistic socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.
Modern society has access to highly advanced technology and can make available food, clothing, housing and medical care; update our educational system; and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy. By supplying an efficiently designed economy, everyone can enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities of a high technological society.
A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all.
(as defined by Jacque Fresco, taken from The Venus Project web site)
The Venus Project
The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology and nature will be able to coexist in a long term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.
The Venus Project web site & Spanish Venus Project Group in Facebook.
The Zeitgeist Movement is a global nonprofit organization for the abolition of money and promotion of a global socioeconomic system in which all resources would be equally shared.
Z Day talks
By Peter Joseph:
Radio programs with Peter Joseph on the Orientation Guide:
Amazing interview by Cenk Uygur and Abby Martin.
Other interesting talks
Other organisations and material
- Owned & Operated (1h46).The film takes a look at the world as it is, and the path we're currently headed down, as well as the world-wide awakening that's begun to take place.
- Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview (1h04): A refreshing reality check for all viewers and a clarion call for those who carry the seeds of the emerging worldview.
Education and Creativity
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see". Alexandra K. Trenfor
- La educación prohibida: Una película sobre la educación centrada en el amor, el respeto, la libertad y el aprendizaje. ("¿Pero no quieres tener un título, ser alguien en la vida? Yo ya soy alguien en la vida!")
- Born to learn is a fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn. Also Responsible Subversive, a social network for people who want to connect and discuss how to change the world by changing the way we raise our children.
- ¿Te atreves a soñar? by inKNOWation España.
- Changing Education Paradigms, by Ken Robinson RSAnimated
- Where good ideas come from?, by Steven Johnson, RSAnimated
- Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, by Dan Pink, RSAnimated
- The Empathic Civilisation (by Jeremy Rifkin, RSAnimated)
- What if money was no object? by Alan Watts
- File:On the Psychology of Scientific Creativity--Migdal.pdf by A. B. Migdal (L. D. Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics, Moscow), Contemporary Physics, 20, 121 (1979).
Application of the scientific method to Society
Mindfulness and awareness
We don’t choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. Even when we think about the future, we don’t think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories. And basically you can look at this as a tyranny of the remembering self, and you can think of the remembering self sort of dragging the experiencing self through experiences that the experiencing self doesn't need.
If some of what enables people in our societies to make all of the choices we make were shifted to societies in which people have too few options, not only would those people's lives be improved, but ours would be improved also... Income redistribution will make everyone better off -- not just poor people -- because of how all this excess choice plagues us.
Why too many choices make people miserable: 1. Regret or anticipated regret, 2. opportunity cost, 3. escalation of expectations, 4. self-blame.
Conflicto no supone violencia, sino que es un componente básico de la vida humana. Representa un fenómeno continuo y constante en la interacción humana. Es algo habitual en la relación entre grupos sociales y en nuestras relaciones interpersonales. Desde esta perspectiva, en la resolución y transformación de los conflictos está el camino para conseguir la paz. Se deja a un lado el concepto de paz «pasiva» o negativa como eliminación o ausencia de conflictos, para asumir la idea de paz «positiva» de búsqueda y de resolución no violenta de conflictos. La paz así entendida no es sólo un valor o meta, sino que se considera como un proceso.
El conflicto es fuerza motivadora y motor de cambio de la sociedad así como un elemento creativo esencial en las relaciones humanas
Intuitive eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body's natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods. It's a process that is intended to create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, making it a popular treatment for disordered eating and eating disorders. Intuitive eating is also known as the non-diet approach, normal eating, wisdom eating, conscious eating.
- Free Software Fundation and Richard Stallman's talk, Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks.
- Build yourself., from Open Source Ecology: A Network of Farmers, Engineers, and Supporters Building the Global Village Construction Set. Here a TED talk.
- arXiv is, since 1991, an archive for electronic preprints of scientific papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, quantitative biology, statistics, and quantitative finance which can be accessed online. By 2012 the submission rate has grown to more than 7000 per month.
- Tiendas gratis y demás: Las diez mejores webs
The flaws, fallacies and collapse of the monetary system
- de la servitude moderne (52min), de Jean-François Brient. Film et libre (en toutes les langues) pour mettre à jour la condition de l’esclave moderne dans le cadre du système totalitaire marchand et attaquer frontalement l’organisation dominante du monde.
The financial system scam
- The Money Masters (3h30min) (subtitled in Spanish): 1996 Documentary following the origin of the political power structure, rooted in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money.
- Externalities by David Suzuki: explains the fallacy of conventional economics
- The Crash Course by Chris Martenson seeks to provide you with a baseline understanding of the economy so that you can better appreciate the risks that we all face.
Labour for income
Orwell VS Huxley: La explicación de por qué nadie hace nada.
"El mundo trata a los niños ricos como si fueran dinero, para que se acostumbren a actuar como el dinero actúa. El mundo trata a los niños pobres como si fueran basura, para que se conviertan en basura. Y a los del medio, a los niños que no son ricos ni pobres, los tiene atados a la pata del televisor, para que desde muy temprano acepten, como destino, la vida prisionera. Mucha magia y mucha suerte tienen los niños que consiguen ser niños." Eduardo Galeano
- Consuming Kids - The Commercialization of Childhood (1h06). On the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Hand in hand with Way Beyond Weight (1h23): Who is responsible for raising a healthy child?".
Economic shock therapy
- The shock doctrine (2009), a documentary adaptation of Naomi Klein's 2007 book. An investigation of disaster capitalism, based on the proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.
Discipline and structural violence
- How economic inequality harms societies by Richard Wilkinson (TED talk)
- Positive Money: Positive Money believes that the root cause of many of our current social, economic and environmental problems lies in the way that we allow money to be created. We work to make the confusing world of money and banking much easier to understand.They made a short video on the banking system and creation of debt, proposing a solution within the monetary system.
Inspiration not to despair
- Everyday leadership by Drew Dudley (2010): "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."
Quotes by Jacque Fresco.
- I was asked once, “You’re a smart man. Why aren’t you rich?” I replied, “You’re a rich man. Why aren’t you smart?” Jacque Fresco
- To be proven wrong should be celebrated, for it is elevating someone to a new level of understanding, furthering awareness, Peter Joseph
- You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Richard Buckminster Fuller
- Pour atteindre la vérité, il faut une fois dans la vie se défaire de toutes les opinions qu'on a reçues, et reconstruire de nouveau tout le système de ses connaissances, Blaise Pascal
- Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience. Howard Zinn
- The ultimate freedom for creative groups is the freedom to experiment with new ideas. Some skeptics insist that innovation is expensive. In the long run, innovation is cheap. Mediocrity is expensive—and autonomy can be the antidote. Tom Kelley (IDEO manager)
- If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky
- La seule façon de traiter avec un monde non libre est de devenir si absolument libre que votre existence même est un acte de rébellion. Albert Camus
The three most important natural motivators of human endeavor and excellence:
- Autonomy: The urge to direct our own lives.
- Mastery: The desire to get better at something that matters.
- Purpose: The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
External rewards extinguish intrinsic motivation, diminish performance, crush creativity, crowd out good behavior, encourage cheating, become addictive, and foster short-term thinking.
While complying can be an effective strategy for physical survival, it's a lousy one for personal fulfillment. Living a satisfying life requires more than simply meeting the demands of those in control. Yet in our offices and our classrooms we have way too much compliance and way too little engagement. The former might get you through the day, but only the latter will get you through the night.
Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement
- In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. Carl Sagan
The goal of the future is full unemployment so we can play!
Technology was never meant to increase productivity and growth so that we can work for longer hours, anywhere, any time, from any device. That's insanity. It was meant to make our lives better.
- Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
- Intenta que el niño que fuiste nunca se averguence del adulto que eres.
- Cuando soplan vientos de cambio, algunos construyen muros, otros molinos.
- Afirmar que mi destino no está ligado al tuyo es como decir: tu lado del bote se está hundiendo.
Interesting technology issues & ideas
Elena's reading of the Spanish translated version, Diseñando el Futuro: Audiolibro de Diseñando el Futuro (Jacque Fresco).
Elena's reading of the Frequently asked questions about The Venus Project in Spanish: Lectura de las Preguntas Frecuentes sobre The Venus Project.