External References for our Community as a Movement
The Zeitgeist Movement Defined: Realizing a New Train of Thought by TZM (thezeitgeistmovement.com)
- A Roaming in The Zeitgeist Movement Defined: Realizing a New Train of Thought by Leila Mireskandari (archive.org)
The Best That Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty, & War by Jacque Fresco (thezeitgeistmovement.se)
The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression by Peter Joseph
The First Civilization - A free book about a Resource Based Economy (archive.org)
Looking Forward by Kenneth S. Keyes Jr. and Jacque Fresco (thevenusproject.com)
Imagining the Cybernetic City: The Venus Project by Anna Notaro (nobleworld.biz)
The Resource Based Abundance Economy - a blog (resourcebasedeconomy.com)
Consumertecture or Design Science by Mason Lee (blog.thezeitgeistmovement.com)
The Zero-Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin (thezeromarginalcostsociety.com)
The Future and Beyond by Jacque Fresco (thevenusproject.com)
[no longer available] Designing the Future by Jacque Fresco (thevenusproject.com) - this pdf has apparently been removed from their site.
Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard (first published 1898) (archive.org)
The Paradise within the Reach of all Men by John Etzler (published 1833) (facebook.com)
The Zeitgeist Movement Official (youtube.com)
The Venus Project (youtube.com)
Zeitgeist Moving Forward film by Peter Joseph (zeitgeistmovingforward.com)
The Trom Documentary (tromsite.com)
Culture in Decline by Peter Joseph. And also see Peter Joseph’s media archives (peterjoseph.info)
Federico Pistono (youtube.com)
Humans Need Not Apply by CGP Grey (youtube.com)
The Choice is Ours documentary series (thevenusproject.com)
Walt Disney's Original Plan for EPCOT (Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow) on Youtube. Disney wasn't promoting a community-type society (socio-economic system), but there was thoughtful design into the integrated "EPCOT" city.
Other Names for what appears to be a similar direction
Sometimes, when people look at this common direction of ours they mistake what they are seeing as a context for the whole thing. Their context is often revealed in the name they give to that which they perceive as a better way of living. They might call that which we (i.e., The Auravana Project) refer to as 'Community', by a host of other names, which reveals a context for their perception.
Here, it is important to list some of the names, we think, are similarly representative to that which we are proposing, and refer to as 'community'. Our current reasoning, however, has led us to the idea that at the top-level, the word 'community' is the most accurate term for that which we all appear to developing and advocating. We aren’t just trying to create a new social system or a new economic system, or simply define a new lifestyle, or set of technologies and architecture; instead, we are working toward the emergent creation of a comprehensive living system for human fulfillment and ecological sustainability, which involves a network of integrated city systems. The name we have given to this system is 'community'. And, we define our usage of the term in a series of media releases.
Below is a list of only some of the other names we think are somewhat representative for that which we are creating. Of course, this is just our opinion, we do not speak for these other organizations:
- The Zeitgeist Movement, in general, refers to the system as a “Natural Law”/Resource-Based Economy (NL/RBE).
- The Venus Project uses the term Resource-Based Economy (RBE). Jacque Fresco, the founder of Sociocyberneering, Inc., now known as The Venus Project has stated that the system he describes may also be called an Access-Based Economy. It seems that socio-cyberengineering was likely the original technique Fresco imagined would bring about the creation this new economic paradigm. Also, notice how the terms Resource/Access-Based Economy reveal the context through which The Venus Project views the system. These two names do not inform an observer about the other aspects of the total system, such as its social structuring. Further, it is somewhat imprecise to refer to the total system as a “resource-based economy”, because before we consider resources and access (from a design perspective), we must have an understanding of systems. So, the economic model is really a systems-based model (first) that appropriately accounts for resources and for access (second). Of course, in modern society, the term ‘systems-based economy’ would be even more broad than the term ‘resource-based economy’, which Fresco attempted to trademark in 2010, but was denied after a review found it to be too generic. And, of course, at the top-level the economic system is part of the decision system.
- Jeremy Rifkin, the author of the 2014 book “The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The internet of things, the collaborative commons, and the eclipse of capitalism” refers to the system with a more market-based terminological slant as a 'Zero-Marginal Cost Society'.
- The One Community project, like The Auravana Project, refers to the system as 'Community'.
- We also sometimes observe the system we propose being referred to as: a sustainable society; a pro-social economy; a need fulfillment society; an intentional community (although it is unlike any of the intentional communes that have existed among modern society); an abundance-based community; a resource-based abundance economy; an adaptive and optimized living system; a post-scarcity society (if "scarcity" refers to resources, then this term is a misnomer because resources are still finite; if "scarcity" refers to humanity's ability to meet all human needs, then it is not a misnomer); a natural resource economic system; a blue-zone community; and, an up-to-date walking community garden city.
- But, you know what it’s not called, it’s not called a “utopia”. There is no such thing as utopia; there is only the best that can be designed up till now.