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TEDxOjai - Jacque Fresco - Resource Based Economy

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today we live in most troubled times all the nations of the world, seem to be undergoing some degree of change and in order to avoid the problems we have had for years unemployment,military conflict, territorial disputes the only way to resolve those problems appears to be based upon a return to a set of values that will enable us to survive and in order to do that I believe we have to declare all the earth's resources as the common heritage of all the world's people and to outgrow the monetary system to make things available to people all the necessities of life must be made available if we fail to do that there will be territorial disputes, continuously when a few nations control most of the world's resources you're going to have territorial disputes the problem is: can we build a sustainable world without the necessities of armies, navies, prisons, police I believe, actually, if people have access to the necessities of life meaning: a relevant education, a decent home life, healthy foods available and clean air and clear water and clean technology those are the necessary ingredients to make it possible for global sustainability if we fail to do that I think we'll have a continuation of the same problems we've had for centuries war, depression, recession, boom we have to agree upon a set of values that will take care of everyone without any dominant group even the wealthiest people today would live better in a resource based economy we do not have enough money to house, build hospitals and take care of most human problems but we do have more than enough resources and that is why we emphasize a resource based global economy that if people have access, free access to the necessities of life crime would almost diminish to zero in other words, instead of designing things to wear out and break down to promote more people purchasing things, keeping the old system alive we have to evolve to a newer system that is free of the conditions that produce aberrant behaviour we also have to evolve a language that's not subject to interpretation because when you speak to people today, they hear what you say but it goes into their heads and comes out in relation to their background so we need a more preciese system perhaps a system used by engineers in conversation when engineers talk to each other, it's not subject to interpretation when chemists talk to each other it's not subject to interpretation and we will become problem solvers, all people will become creative because we now know what it is that enables a person to become imaginative and creative this is not inherited it's learned and we now have the methods for helping people to become broader in their view point and brought up to expect change there are no fixed systems in the future all systems undergo continuas modification this includes language, social customs, the design of cities and our social systems must be updated to fit the circumstances of the environment and resources If we design our cities to meet human needs you don't have most of the problems that are prevalent today In the central dome you have child care, schools, dental care, medical care we work out one eighth of the city system and then we reproduce it instead of having architects design each building which is a tramendous waste of energy and talent and we can build a beautiful environment rather than parks immerse the city in lovely gardens so everything surrounding the housing and the cities will be very desirable anything people may need is available in these outside access domes culturing materials, musical instruments, somewhat like the public library anything that the need is available without a price tag that would mean: we must acheive a level of production that's so high that scarcity will no longer exist and once you overcome scarcity, most of the problems like hyper tension. will be gone and most families have corrals over scarcity surrounding the central dome you have the research centers that do work that's relevant to the sustainability of the entire community as we move away from that we come to the residential district there are streams, waterfalls, lakes, throughout the area as we move to the next sector, we come to appartments everything is built in to the central tower I feel that in the future, people will move away from individual houses and live in larger complexes Instead of building cities, we do a survey of the climate, of people, the arable land and base our design upon the caring capacity of the environment or the earth's resources anything less than that, will not work of course, without technology, none of this can be accomplished so we have to automate all repetitive and boring jobs so that we don't use people in that area people, working with computers, can resolve most of the problems war is the supreme failure of nations to bridge the difference in values I would imagine that in the near future, we will have a better methodology of bridging the difference between nations and inviting cooperation rather than competition. during the great depression, the 1929 crash, there were automobiles and car lines radios and there were all kinds of things in store windows but the public did not have the purchasing power and it appears that if we go on the way we're going on in automating more and more industries the public won't have the purchasing power they will be replaced by production machines which make it impossible for a monetary system to survive so I'm trying to anticipate the future and design things to work out well for all the world's people consider these things, because this is the transitional times when I say about global survival, I mean the oceans, the lands everything has to become the common heritage of all the worlds nations and I feel that eventually we will surrender our notion of individual nations and merge together in one gigantic cooperative venture namely, the preservation of the environment and human life and this is what we hope to accomplish in a resource based economy

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Duration: 8 minutes and 10 seconds
Country: Poland
Language: English
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Producer: TED
Director: TED
Views: 74
Posted by: zientek on Mar 14, 2012

TEDxOjai - Jacque Fresco - Resource Based Economy

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