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Other names for a possible, 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 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.
- The Zeitgeist Movement, in general, refers to the system as a “Natural Law”/Resource-Based Economy (NL/RBE).
- The One Community project, like The Auravana Project, refers to the system as 'Community'.
- In contrast to capitalism, the system is often referred to as a moneyless society (or, moneyless-type of society).
- 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'.
- 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); circular economy; 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.
- There will likely be other, and possibly more accurate, names for this societal system emerge as we all learn more.
- 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.