By Jacque Fresco May 2016
The Venus Project’s straightforward approach to the redesign of a culture
The term and meaning of a Resource-Based Economy was originated by Jacque Fresco. It is a system in which all goods and services out 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 resources; our practice of rationing resources through monitory 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.
Consider the following examples: At the beginning of World War II the US had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was no, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war.
In a resource-based economy all, of the world’s resources are held as the common heritage of all of Earth’s people, thus eventually outgrowing the need for the artificial boundaries that separate people. This is the unifying imperative.
We must emphasize that this approach to global governance has nothing whatever in common with the present aims of an elite to form a world government with themselves and large corporations at the helm, and the vast majority of the world’s population subservient to them. Our vision of globalization empowers each and every person on the planet to be the best they can be, not to live in abject subjugation to a corporate governing body.
Our proposals would not only add to the well being of people, but they would also provide the necessary information that would enable them to participate in any area of their competence. The measure of success would be based on the fulfilment of one’s individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power.At present, we have enough material resources to provide a very high standard of living for all of Earth’s inhabitants. Only when population exceeds the carrying capacity of the land do many problems such as greed, crime and violence emerge. By overcoming scarcity, most of the crimes and even the prisons of today’s society would no longer be necessary.
A resource-based economy would make it possible to use technology to overcome scarce resources by applying renewable sources of energy, computerizing and automating manufacturing and inventory, designing safe energy-efficient cities and advanced transportation systems, providing universal health care and more relevant education, and most of all by generating a new incentive system based on human and environmental concern.
Many people believe that there is too much technology in the world today, and that technology is the major cause of our environmental pollution. This is not the case. It is the abuse and misuse of technology that should be our major concern. In a more humane civilization, instead of machines displacing people they would shorten the workday, increase the availability of goods and services, and lengthen vacation time. If we utilize new technology to raise the standard of living for all people, then the infusion of machine technology would no longer be a threat.
A resource-based world economy would also involve all-out efforts to develop new, clean, and renewable sources of energy: geothermal; controlled fusion; solar; photovoltaic; wind, wave, and tidal power; and even fuel from the oceans. We would eventually be able to have energy in unlimited quantity that could propel civilization for thousands of years. A resource-based economy must also be committed to the redesign of our cities, transportation systems, and industrial plants, allowing them to be energy efficient, clean, and conveniently serve the needs of all people.
What else would a resource-based economy mean? Technology intelligently and efficiently applied, conserves energy, reduces waste, and provides more leisure time. With automated inventory on a global scale, we can maintain a balance … It is not necessary for survival unless we have been conditioned to accept it as such.
Jacque Fresco’s background includes industrial design and social engineering. Mr. Fresco has worked as both designer and innovator in a wide range of fields spanning from biomedical innovations to totally integrated social systems. The Venus Project reflects the culmination of Jacque Fresco’s lifework: the integration of the best of science and technology into a comprehensive plan for a new society based on human and environmental concern.
Jim Evans Global Green Innovation Group, Inc.
By Patrick Bridgeman December 2015
Imagine a world where war is outdated, there is no shortage of resources, and every human being enjoys a high standard of living. Jacque Fresco has.
He is considered by many to be a modern-day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and the Buckminster Fuller, Jacques is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a “generalist” or multi-disciplinarian – a student of many inter-related fields. He is a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales, using innovative technology provide win-win solutions for the planet and its inhabitants.
Jacque (now in his mid-90’s) has been redesigning our entire culture for most of his life, and he doesn’t just want to talk about what today will be like tomorrow, he has a plan to build an entire new world from the ground up. “I was always interested in the future; as far back as I can remember. I drew airplanes and cities of the future, and underwater cities and floating cities.”
His organization, The Venus Project, works to provide a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age. The project also six certain global aims and goals. These include: realizing the planet’s resources as the common heritage of all people; transcending the artificial boundaries that are currently separating us, outgrowing nationalism, bigotry and prejudice; replacing money based economies with a resource-based world economy; redesigning transport systems and industry so that they are green and clean; gradually outgrowing corporate entities and governments as a means of social management; sharing new technologies for the benefit of automations and enhancing education so that future generations are intellectually and emotionally prepared for the changes and challenges that lie ahead.
To put his ideals into practice, Jacque is building the first ever experimental research city – a 25-acre complex in south-central Florida. Construction has already begun in fundraising efforts are underway to support it.
Aside from utilizing the very best in green technology – wind, solar and heat concentrating systems, hydroponic farm facilities and lush landscaping – the cities designed to serve the needs of every member of society and allow occupants to choose their most fulfilling lifestyle.
It reminds me of a very good question I came across many years ago. “If money were no object, what would you do with your time?” Would you still be working at the same job? Would you work at all? How would you like to spend your free time? Would you play games like when we were children? Where would you like to go and who would you bring with you? What would you like to create? If everybody’s basic needs were met all over the world, what would be left to do? Whatever you like. Whatever makes your heart sing, your mind tingle and your face smile. Art, Science, Philosophy, Sport, Space Exploration, you name it, you can spend your whole life doing it if you so desire.
It will take some amount of work to get from where we are to where we can be, and a lot of people have to take a long hard look their lives and decide what’s really the right path for them to travel along in this lifetime, but I believe we can do it.
So, let’s imagine how our life and our society will change when money is no longer needed because the resources of the world are freely available for all to share equally. Robotic technology will look after the production and distribution processes required to fulfill our basic needs. People won’t have to work to buy food, shelter or clothing. Profit will no longer be a driving force in business, so cutting corners and producing poor quality products will no longer make sense. Sweatshops, child labor, and cheap, toxic additives causing harmful side effects will be things of the unenlightened past.
If people do want to produce goods, they will have access to the very best quality of resources, so they’ll have no reason to create something that is anything other than top quality. Clothing and technological products will be built to last for years, not for months.
Only medicines free from negative side effects will be prescribed, along with natural remedies and save procedures. The worlds of quantum, spiritual and energetic healing will be fully embraced in their amazing results shared with the world.
The health of the planet will be as important as the health of its inhabitants. All packaging will be biodegradable and recyclable. We will find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste that has already been dumped in landfills. We will instead fill the land with love, and work with nature in an effort to replenish all of its wondrous flora and fauna.
People will not only eat what’s best for their body, but what’s best for the planet. Every meal can be 5-star quality. Families and friends can dying together in celebration of the food Mother Earth has provided, which can be cooked from scratch as there will be no need to rush back to work after some fast food.
People will spend their time following their heart’s desires and all of the right people will find their way into all of the right pursuits in order to continue our spiritual and scientific evolution.
With resources available to all, and everyone’s basic needs met, there will be relatively little reason to go to war. And with all that free time to get to know yourself and your relationship with Life and God, people will feel a lot happier and more understanding, so bigotry and prejudice will also eventually disappear.
People will look to spiritual teachers and scientists, instead of military leaders and politicians, for direction. Although, their own internal compass will be their strongest source of guidance. We won’t need someone else to make our decisions for us. We will all instinctively know what’s best for us, personally and as a society, and we will naturally move towards those things.
Festivals will spring up all over the earth, big and small, organized and impromptu gatherings. Music will be as much a communal expression as it is an individual one. Fun will be free-roaming, not restricted to certain allotted times and places. Art can be spontaneous and temporary or a life’s work created to last forever. Dancing and movement will happen on a whim, in harmony with your body’s natural impulses. So too with emotions. Crying and laughing out loud will be respected us a healthy expression of being human. We will like ourselves and respect each other more.
Cities will have more of a community ethos to them, so that everyone feels included any’s taken care of, both physically and emotionally. That will go a long way towards helping to alleviate any mental health issues that arise.
“People will spend their time following their hearts desires.”
Clocks will no longer govern our waking and sleeping periods, our eating and working habits, or our emotional state. We may rise with the sun and get to know the seasons. Meetings with people will happen intuitively. We may even go so far as to get rid of mobile phones in favor of our gut instinct and telepathic capabilities.
Of course, we are where we are now, which I like to think is on our way to the world I’ve just described. It requires a commitment to authentic communication with your mind, body and emotions, as well as to the other people in your life. The best first step we can take is to work on ourselves, to embrace the qualities of honesty, integrity, intelligence, compassion and freedom of expression. It’s up to you to decide what substances to fill your body, mind, heart and home with. It’s up to you to ask for help when you need it, and to follow through with whatever healing work suits you best.
People like Jacque Fresco can shine a light for the rest of us to follow, but I believe we all have a life worth shining, and I’d love to see yours.
Written by Alex Bodnar June 2015
The Venus Project’s Showcase Of Things To Come
Jacque Fresco has been envisioning the future for nearly a century. He’s an inventor, artist, and industrial and architectural designer who holds more than 100 patents. The 100-year-old is a master of out-of-the-box thinking, and one need look no further than the Venus Project, located in Central Florida. It is comprised of plans, hundreds of scale models and 10 completed dome structures with decidedly mod 1960s feel nestled among flower gardens, bridges, ponds, streams and hundreds of palms. Fresco and his longtime partner, Roxanne Meadows, build the culmination of his life’s work, the 21-acre research facility in Venus, Fla. The project has been thirty years in the making and serves as an architectural model for sustainable living.
The Venus Project integrates the best of science, technology and art into comprehensive plan for a society based on human and environmental concerns. Over the years, Fresco has designed works that address society’s basic problems including noiseless and pollution-free aircraft, and the aluminum siding that became all the rage in the 1950s. This and other achievements have earned him a following among innovators both young and old, some who compare the inventor to Nicola Tesla and other relatively obscure but prolific pioneers.
Fresco uses the property as a lab an example of how to live. “What is needed is a positive vision of what the future can be if planned in accordance with the carrying capacity of the Earth,” he says. His architectural designs maximize the Earth’s natural resources and energy. Fresco feels the Venus Project is feasible. “It doesn’t reflect the dreams of an impractical idealist,” he says. ” instead, he presents obtainable goals requiring only the intelligent application of what we already know. The only limitations are those we impose upon ourselves.”
The property is currently for sale as Fresco and his partner have been invited to build a Museum of the Future in Turkey and potentially an experimental city. Perhaps, at 92, this futurist is just beginning his biggest project yet.