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Jacque Fresco's Legacy to Earth

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Hi everyone. It's Phil from Ecopreneur. Like and subscribe to our channel now. This allows us to create more great content on the environment for people just like you. We hope you enjoy the show. WTVJ 4 MIAMI WTVJ 4 MIAMI This is a new science, Sociocyberneering. And this is its inventor, the extraordinary Jacque Fresco. He's my guest this weekend on News Weekend. I could go through all the things that Dr. Fresco has done He's a social engineer, industrial engineer, designer, inventor...uh... consultant...was a consultant for Rotorcraft helicopter. Director of Scientific Research Laboratories Los Angeles. Designed and copyrighted various items ranging from drafting instruments to x-rays units...uh...has had works published in the Architectural Record, Popular Mechanics, Saturday Review uh...and has been a technical and psychological consultant to the motion pictures industry, member of the Air Force Design and Development Unit at Wright Field, developed the electrostatic anti-icing systems, designed prefabricated aluminum houses. What does it say in your driver's license? Hehe.... What is the occupation? Industrial Designer, Social Engineer. Does it bug you that people when they talk about Jacque Fresco in Miami say that he's someone who's too far ahead of his time. His thinking is ... we're not ready for advanced kind of thinking... not that type. Does it bug you? I imagine every creative person in every field encounters that sort of problem. No, it doesn't. I can't afford it. There's too many things that are important. What is Sociocyberneering? Sociocyberneering ...uh... is a new organization, and it represents the application of the most sophisticated forms of science and technology towards problem solving so that we can reclaim the environment and to build a way of life worthy of man to humanize society. To break away from the artificiality, the regimentation that dominates our society today. Hi, I'm Phil Toussaint, and I'm traveling to Venus, Florida to visit The Venus Project. located just near Lake Placid. This endeavor of social engineering is obscured from the public eye, but that doesn't mean people don't know about it. If you haven't heard of the Venus Project or the innovative minds behind it, you'll be surprised by their massive following which draws hundreds of thousands to millions of views for videos on their work ♫♫♪ They have worldwide support for the implementation of a resource-based economy. which would eliminate money from our society. ♪♫♪ The Venus project suggests radical changes to our current society that are bound to be resisted by the masses, but in a world threatened, if not doomed, by climate change, big ideas are needed. ♪♫♪ Is it possible to have a world without money? Does The Venus Project propose a real solution to saving our environment? It's up to you to decide on this week of the Ecospotlight show ♫♪♫ ♫♫♪♫ ♪♫♪♫ ♪♫♫♪] ♪♫♪ ♪♫♪ (Knock, knock.) ————— Hey, Roxanne. How're you doing? Hi. Phil, right? Yes, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you too. I'm glad you could make it to Venus, Florida. Would you like to walk around now? Yeah, I would love to. See what we're doing here, and see the facility. Most definitely, yeah. Great. Let's go check it out. As you probably know from your research before you got here, The Venus Project is a Non-Profit Organization, and we propose an alternative social design. We look for the root causes of the problems in this system and propose something entirely different than anything that's ever gone before. Wow! We feel it needs that to take care of our problems. Wow! This is really beautiful. Yeah... Well, it didn't look like this. This used to be a flat tomato field, and when Jacque and I moved here in 1980 we dug all the waterways and... you know, we came here to experiment with some of his... his designs, and we put up 10 buildings, Wow! and since we've been here, he... he, before he died... in 2017. You know... of course this work is all based on his background, his work and his direction that he arrived at... Um...he did over 5,500 design sketches. We made over 400 scale models of the future. So we wanted to show how people could live in harmony with technology and nature without destroying nature. Combining best of both worlds. Yes. The Venus Project is obscured in a lush Florida landscape. There's a surprising amount of wildlife to be found here, and we had to watch out for alligators along the way. Their living quarters and research centers are easily recognizable by the concrete dome structures that you would expect to see in your latest "Star Wars" flick. The interiors possess a futuristic design too. This is the living quarter of Nate Dinwiddie, another resident at The Venus Project Headquarters. I actually first encountered a documentary on The Discovery channel called "Engineering the Impossible" I was probably ten years old, or 11, 12 years old. For nearly all of his 86 years, Architect Jacque Fresco has been designing cities of the future. And I liked it a lot. It's one of my favorite, you know... uh... favorite films that was rerunning at the time, and I liked it so much, that I even taped it. You know, on a VHS tape. Fresco's structures all derived from a simple form that fascinated him as a boy. There's a little five-minute segment, about halfway into the documentary, that features this really weird guy, who had this memory metal that he would twist up and heat, and it would go back to shape. Memory metals can be distorted, twisted, pulled out of shape, and then, when a certain temperature is provided, that memory metal goes right back to its original shape. He was just trying to show, you know, the kind of...uh... unconventional solutions to architecture that exists out there. So that weird guy was Jacque Fresco. And I didn't know it at the time really. I just thought he was a really cool, interesting, eccentric grandpa....ha ha. Six years later or so...uh...the Zeitgeist Addendum film came out. I didn't even know it was the same guy, Jacque Fresco, until... uh...I saw him eventually later in a video online in a tour, heating up memory metal. ...cools and remembers the shape. It only has one memory, and all go back to this. But if you took two inches of the metal... He appeared special to me as well because all that I had been learning in philosophical studies... you know the different approaches people were taking... the very narrow viewpoints they were taking, finally there was this guy that had this very well rounded, broad perspective that took into account so many different arguments throughout the discourse of philosophy, and kind of synthesized things to make it workable, to do something. He was born in 1916. So he grew up in a time when there was a lot of prejudice against a lot of different people (Right.) because of The Great Depression when he was young about 14. He didn't want to be a burden to his family that couldn't afford him, just like many other kids. He became what they called "Wild Boys of the Road". And then he went to California and he found out that they were labor jobs at farms. (Right.) And...um...they would chisel people down. How many want to work for three dollars an hour? And all the hands went up. How many for two dollars? Some of the hands went up. How many for a dollar? And dwindled it down and down which I found very offensive. ♫♪♫Elmsford, NY.♫♪♫ At Elmsford, New York, and in 1,400 other communities of the land, buildings for new Civilian Conservation Corp Camps are going up. He saw his friends and people that were thrown out of their apartments and living in streets, and getting fed by bread...soup kitchens and bread lines. And Jacque didn't understand this because he saw that there was still ... products in the stores, and there was still arable land to grow food, but they weren't growing food. There were still people who were technical, that wanted to work, but... and they were thrown out of their apartments because they didn't have money in their pockets. ♪♫♪♫ (Text on screen) (People being fed at a soup kitchen) Thousands of jobless boys jump at the CCC offer of a decent living and money to send home. in return for their labor. (People getting on a bus) The conditions enabled people to get up on the streets on soap boxes, really, soapboxes literally, and speak about all kinds of things: socialism, communism, fascism, Mankind United. It literally brought him full circle because, you know, 1929, the Great Depression, he realized how nothing worked, at least in the society at that time. And... that got him rethinking the economic system, social system, and how well it serves people. He started looking into other social designs where these booms and busts won't happen periodically. And where everyone could be housed, and secure, and fed, and have medical care, and clean air, and clean water. So the goal was to design an alternative social system, or search one out, until he couldn't find one. And he designed one himself. OK. Forget invention and innovation for its own sake. Just new products and technologies—he began taking that mindset to the social system, and how can I innovate something for the world. He-he...when he was very young, he always told the story about his grandfather told him don't pledge allegiance to the flag...when he was (raving) waving a little flag when he was very young. He said: pledge allegiance to the Earth and everyone on it. There is no German science, or... or French Science, or women's science, or men's science, or Greek science. There's science and everyone can learn that. And that eventually got him into aircraft. It was the beginning of the aircraft days, and...uh...that was a fascination for him. So he learned technical illustration, and learned how to design his own aircraft. They asked: did you go to school for aviation? No. Is your father in aviation? No. So we can't hire you. And then, he pulled out his drawings, they looked. They said "You're hired!" (Airplane flying) He always had labs. He always did inventions. And he was a multi-disciplinarian. He worked in many different fields. He designed boats and aircraft as I mentioned. He worked with drug-addicts and alcoholics to test out his theories on behavior. Because he got into studying psychology, he's not a psychiatrist, but he would consult with people about their problems in their life, and try to... you know, try to help them and give them a way forward. So he learned a lot about the human... the human, you know, mind, you might say human psychology by doing that. He did that for about a decade. And I think that helped inform him into some of the more complex issues. How did he turn his intelligence into wealth? Into wealth? Yes. I would say the wealth was his intelligence You don't have to use any of the systems today. Let me briefly say this: You have a bumper in front of your car, behind your car. But your society, your cars hit on the side also. You have safety belts and harnesses in your car, but that assumes you're going to get hit... be hit by the rear or in front. If you're hit on the side, you go right through the side of the windshield. What good are these approaches? You gotta design a society with a bumper all around the car, phase out human drivers, put electronic guidance systems in cars, or eliminate the automobile. Design a holistic transportation system. We must put our mind to this as we do to put a man on the moon. We must put our mind to the social problem. We wish to get away from politics. We wish to get away from the old world method of solving problems. If you can barely understand what it is I'm trying to say in this short period of time, please investigate Sociocyberneering. (Are you saying?) Eventually he got tired of just talking about it, and wanted to build something. So, in 1980 they acquired land in Naples... 40 acres. And he had this nice schematic plan. This site plan for what they were gonna build there. A very orderly circular arrangement for the different members to live there, and share a central hub. And... uh... but financially that didn't work out. So they moved here to Venus eventually. So Jacque sold a house and some land, and we started this project. So it's not what we wanted to build; it's what we could afford to build. We built about ten structures of Jacque's designs., and...uh... of course, he had a background in building homes, and boats, and cars, and planes. These are made to blend in with the environment. Meaning this is hurricane country. Right. So these would withstand more than anything that I know of: hurricanes, they're fireproof. They get stronger with age; they're made of concrete and steel. And ...um... a lot of times the environmentalists don't wanna cut down the forest, but they live in wooden houses. OK. Yeah. So we experimented with other processes. This could be pulled off a mold, and made, you know, laid like eggs, by the hundreds a day. Right. And it's very good for doing 3D printing as well. How's this project, as Fresco described, an emblem of hope? Because it...um... It advocates the distribute... or put it this way: Our problems are technical today. They're not religious; they're not political; they're... they won't be solved with military means; they're not philosophical. They're really based on what our needs are. Everyone needs the same thing: clean air, clean water, arable land. Understanding that this is a technical project, it becomes an engineering project. And it's based on a global scale to enable to provide people with those needs. So, I think If people were ...if it was demonstrated, like we would like to do: to build a first community... a larger community than what we have here the Venus... in Venus, Florida where we would have maybe about 4, 500 people, would be self-sustaining. People could live there without money. We would have an exhibition to show people what the future could be like in what Jacque called a Resource Based economy. A Resource Based economy. operates on the basis of available resources, and makes those resources available to every human being on Earth free of charge, without a price tag. So we have today more than enough resources to build a far more advanced society. I'm not talking about limited handouts, so people just get by. I'm talking about a very advanced civilization. We have the resources; we have the technology. All we have to do is apply it. ♫♪♫ ♫♪♫ ♫♪♫ ♪♫♫ That is new special effects for Hollywood... um... among many other things. So when we moved here, he wanted to show what the future could be like because he wasn't just a verbalist. He was actually, (but) technically build these things. This was before computer animation. So, we built these, and we filmed them, and made videos on them. But this represents canals throughout the United States 'cause you know every year they have lots of people dying due to floods, and then droughts. They have crop damage. So he had a method of making canals so the United States to hold the flood waters back or release it when need be. And this represents a catamaran. And moving bulk free on water is the least expensive in terms of energy output. So with one pound of water pressure, you can move a ton of weight right over, and have research centers or schools. But when he realized we're having trouble with climate change, and the rising water level, then... um... he talked about building canals from the shore levels to below sea-level deserts. And we calculated that we have twice as much basin area to hold the worst conditions that scientists are predicting. OK. So these are some of Jacque's aircraft designs. Jacque started doing aircraft when he was very young. And he designed aircraft for Northrop and for the military. We made some of his designs. He has...hehe... he has over 5,500 design sketches which he did in 41 years since he knew me that we've all digitized. And these are just some of his designs. Where this is a helicopter—the middle stays stationary, and the jets are on the outside, and the outside wings go around, and it goes up, and then it goes forward. And this is another one...where it goes up like that, and then locks into place and then goes forward. The idea of this is this is the fuselage which is dead weight for the plane. The only lift is in the wings. And so Jacque was a huge proponent of the flying wing, and he tried to get that off the ground a lot of times when he worked with the aircraft industries. The passengers are in the wing, so the whole surface is lifted. That's the idea of that. Jacque really didn't feel we should be going into aerospace. That we need to take care of our problems here on Earth. Get rid of the artificial boundaries. Then, if people want to go into space, they can do that as a joint venture. So, we don't have weapons of mass destruction going around in outer space. But you'll see on all his...his outer space... uh... projects, he would always have joint venture: cybernated JV—joint venture. Where all the nations would join together and work on the project as a joint venture. This ...um...could be arts and entertainment building. And you notice that all his shapes are curved: that's much stronger than a flat roof. And this is all solar. Another reason why he did the dome because once you put the skin on, it's very strong. And you can take down all the structures inside and have made different floors....or... you don't need any structures to hold it up once you put the skin on. And it uses the least amount of material to cover the most space. And a lot of times people say: well, I wouldn't want to live in a dome, but they've been living in a dome all their lives. the most... the simple... the simplest shape that evolved to protect your brain. In the beginning, it was a lot of learning on my end, but I was very interested in learning as much as I can because I realized when I used to go to his lectures at his home that if I don't learn something that I could participate in, I would be worthless to this project. Were you intimidated by him when you first met him? There was a lot I wanted to learn that I couldn't put together. I admired what he was saying, and he made so much sense. He didn't try and talk over people. He always tried to reach people at their level. In his book, "The Thing That Money Can't Buy", he described you as his dearest friend and companion. Can you describe to me the nature of your relationship with Fresco? I was essentially his life's partner for 41 years. We went on tour after Jacque and the project, and I became more popular when the Internet came out. This was not me wanting to help Jacque do this project. I was invested in this project. As I think is the sanest direction we could move toward. It was a very instructional relationship. As it generally is when Fresco first meets somebody, to bridge that difference or to introduce a new value system in a new social system. What he talks about is quite contrary to the values that we learn in society today. Everything that we learn— all our values of good and bad, right and wrong, what's beautiful, what's ethical, what's criminal are given to us by our outside society. So, this is a city, but it is just conceptual...to demonstrate that you design one eighth of the city with people from many different disciplines working together—interdisciplinary. And when they get it as they like it, then they duplicate it. So, on the outskirts, there's clean sources of energy, parks, recreation, biking, hiking paths. We do put golf in here, and the whole idea is you go to the club house, you check out the very finest clubs; you use them; you bring them back. They're kept in key shape, so everyone has access to them, and that's similar to everything else. This is a waterway, and this is indoor agriculture and outdoor agriculture. Now, the size of this would vary depending on the number of people. This is multi-decked agriculture and researching agriculture. Now these, as I say, are just conceptual, but this represents a total enclosure system. Meaning they were apartment buildings, but you have...you have coffee shops; you have childcare centers; you have restaurants; you have entertainment; you have medical care. Everything you need right there. If you have a society with no money, that means there's no bankers; there's no stockbrokers; there's no ad agencies. There's nobody that doesn't contribute to something for your well-being. There's nobody that's a parasite on you. You know, there's nobody that says, "have I got just the car for you". These are the access centers where you can go in and check out anything you want. You want a musical instrument: you go in; they help you; they teach you how to use it; you use it. If you don't want it, you bring it back for others to use. So this is how you conserve resources as well. You know, today they want everybody to own their own home, and buy lawn mowers and all sorts of equipment, but you can have three huge lawn mowers to take care of all of this. But that's not even the question. 'cause we think within the free enterprise system. The question is, we need to design grass that doesn't grow any more than an inch and a half. Like the money system now, the whole idea of devaluation...nobody knows what it's all about. They all think it's very complicated. Actually, it's very simple. I'll tell you what it is if I have the time in a nutshell—what's going on. If an island, like Haiti, had about several hundred million dollars in assets, but they went on; they printed more money than they had things to back it up, or gold. Then that money has no value. If a little island, say like St. Croix, printed lots of money, and just came to The United States tried to buy things; they ran their printing presses night and day— the money is not backed. That's why it doesn't have anything. Your whole banking system is utterly corrupt. Your lending institutions have loused up the system, but there's nobody out there telling you what's wrong with it. So it looks OK to you. I'm not afraid of anybody; I don't work for anyone; no one can discharge me; I have no boss. The only thing that can happen to me is I can be put in prison. Well, there are many books to write. In other words, there are many things to be done. I am not afraid. I am afraid to live in the society we live in today. The direction... While Jacque's ideas may have seem radical when they were first suggested, they're certainly a bit easier for people to swallow today. In fact, there's some candidates running for 2020 who have put these ideas on a platform. I have a plan for Medicare for all. The big misconception about the impact of technology in the workforce is thinking that it's around the corner. We should have free tuition at public colleges and universities. Americans around the country about automation, and they're smart. Well, health care is a basic human right, and I will fight for basic human rights. It provides signs that we could be heading into this direction naturally. Then again, things could be going in a different way. There are places in Syria where there is nothing left to bomb. Torn apart by a conflict that has lasted longer than the First World War. Hong Kong police spokesman warns the city has been pushed to the brink of a total breakdown. Tensions fly between police and protests at the school. ...a support chain behind this. They're bringing drugs; they're bringing crime; they're rapists, and some, I assume are good people. A new vision will govern our land. It's going to be only America first. A day like no other. What can I add to this. Thank you and good bye. The EU didn't expect Brexit. They didn't want it. How is nationalism a threat? Well, these are all old dying systems that we have today. Dying empires that we have today. They teach nationalism, and that's so people... they can get people to go to war for them. Our technology is so advanced that it makes these systems obsolete. With what we could have... our technology is racing forward, but our social designs are old. And they try and maintain these old spectrums of nationalism, and patriotism: my country right or wrong. Um...so what we need is a new goal. A new direction for society. And this is what's missing: there isn't one. And this is what Jacque worked on all his life. So what we have to devise is a system to make goods and services available to everyone, without money, without barter, without credit, without servitude of any kind. The Venus Project proposes that people could personalize their living space, making it something comfortable or familiar. Where do you draw the line between holding on to one's culture and letting it go for a greater, more unified world? I think you kind of have to wait for the march of events, or what we call bio-social pressures. You have to... and we're in it now. It's happening. Technology is displacing people's jobs so become a point where people won't have the purchasing power to buy the goods turned out. That's one scenario of the end of the free-enterprise system. And we all know what's happening with climate crisis. So we will be forced or shoved or pushed into something different. We're not... doesn't seem like we're wise enough to sit back and decide where we need to go into the future. It always happened with a lot of struggle and a lot of pain. And unfortunately, that might happen again. Where we are at today is everyone wants a piece of the pie. They're all struggling for a piece of the pie. And that's where the UN is at too. It's not offering some noble venture where we have to give up our concepts of nationalism for constructive cooperation, and offering what that new system might be. They don't work on that. You know, today it's a luxury to look into new social directions, or new value systems. People are up to here and just making a living, sometimes with two and three jobs, and they're exhausted. So you come at them with intellect about the monetary system—how it doesn't work. And there's nothing for them to use to make a living today. That's where people are at. Good legislation, obviously, isn't working at the rate of climate change. Is there a quick path to a world that values its resources, or is it a long journey? Well, unfortunately, I think it's going to be a lot of chaos, and hardship, and pain and probably death before... the people have to get hit with before they turn around and say, this isn't working. It's maintaining scarcity. It's the social system and the monetary system. You know, we call it the monetary system because communism, socialism, plutocracy, fascism, all these things. They all use money. And... which causes elitism, which causes scarcity, which causes deprivation, which causes a certain value system. In order to eliminate the abhorrent problems and the value systems, we really have to maintain and strive toward abundance. The methods for bridging the difference between nations that have totally different social systems, values, religious beliefs, is relatively easy. You don't start out by attacking their religion, social customs or beliefs. You only bridge the difference through areas that you have in common., not the differences. All the people on Earth require clean air, clean water, arable land and the necessities of life. A resource Based Economy makes a lot of sense when it comes to the value system. Sometimes we can so easily forget how unfair things are: the things that matter most get put at the bottom of the list. We can see that with our planet's climate now. What I have a hard time understanding is how this change can occur, or furthermore, what would happen to society as we know it today. What are the emotional struggles that people will have to deal with when it comes to building that society that The Venus Project envisions. I think it would be a relief for a lot of people if they could... if they could step in to a new city, they would have to be oriented in terms of how it works. A lot of the values that we carry with us today are extra baggage that wouldn't work in those ... that system, like competitiveness. We think that that's ingrained in us: it's not. What happens when conventional livelihoods don't exist anymore? I think the culture has done a great job of flattening people out. That they can't even think what they would wanna do or study if they didn't have to have a job. Businesses are and industries...they're little dictatorships. They tell you where to park, what time to come, when to go to the bathroom sometimes. You're trapped in order to take care of your family and feed your gut. So, um... you're in this continuous cycle. Will people have passions the way that we think about them today? I think they'd have more passions because they'd be encouraged to learn more and participate in society. Because when you have kids just hanging out on corners and malls 'cause education has neglected them. It's not that they can't learn. It's really neglected them. And they're shooting up drugs, and they have... life has been flattened out, and they've been abused, and it's painful. Then...um... you pay for that in the end. In a resource based economy what happens to, quote unquote, big corporations? Well, we still need processes of being able to... um... get resources and make products that are needed. And the processes that... from efficient corporations need to be understood as well. People today really are... are distant from how things work. They don't know what happens when they turn on the light bulb; they don't know what happens when they turn the faucet on to get water; they don't know where the food comes from. So... um... a lot of people in some ways are bystanders. And they ...we just supply jobs for them to keep them busy. You know, we make things to wear out and break down. In this system you have to continuously sell things to keep it going. So we make planned obsolescence. Many people know about it. We change the styles every year; we change the cars every year; we change the colors you can wear this month, or next month, you know. And we become suckers to commercialism. The Venus Project raises the point that we don't really need to fight over resources. Supposedly, there's an abundance of resources on Earth. However, some could argue that the abundance of resources in our current society stems from manufacturing, production technologies that we have in place. But why do we have better methods of production that can make things quicker and faster; yet, they cost more and they break down more? When grasping the ideas that The Venus Project promotes, it's about learning and it's about unlearning. Unraveling the ideas that have pre-existed for as long as I can remember. This futuristic society can at times seem like a distant dream. For a moment you see it; then, it fades away. The problems we face seem impossible to defeat. So instead of confronting them day in and day out, we reside to a place more comfortable where those problems no longer exist. When I started Ecopreneur, I wanted to change the planet, save the environment— with that I was naive. I thought people can make small changes, be a bit more sustainable and still improve their wealth along the way. The truth: we seem to value the wrong things. Instead of working towards money and survival each day, we can work towards caring about our planet. I think that's what an Ecopreneur is. Yes, expand your value and improve your work. But when our wealth is our connection to the Earth and the protection of its resources, there's far more happiness to be found than in the possession of money. If we can't believe that, then what can we believe about our existence as humans. Are there really enough resources on the planet for everybody? How do you quantify that? That's something that would have to be done immediately. I mean considering how we waste our resources, and how we throw out in The United States 40% of our food. And it's perfectly good food. And if you go across the border, in all industries you'll find the same thing. The first thing that would have to be done is a survey of the Earth's resources, of our technical capability, of where the water is, where the arable land is. The health and the needs of the people, and we organize based on the criteria of the real world. You know, today they may put a man in jail who lives in the jungle, that cuts off the horns of a rhino (and I'm not advocating this, but I'm just talking about the circumstances) just to feed his family. The problem isn't putting him in jail: the problem is, what is it in society that allows his family to go without food in the first place? What is the greatest threat that human society faces today? I think our own stupidity— understanding how we relate to the Earth and the real world, and how we relate to one another. How would the fully realized Venus Project combat climate change? Um...anything that's detrimental, we would not do. We would make alternatives to the things that we need, and restore the environment as quickly as possible. You know, they're talking about we have... we have twelve years, and now it's less than that. And a lot of the people who've been working on this, if you speak to them privately, they say that we've already done... the consequences are yet to bee seen. So, it's inevitable that it's going to get much worse. What is your message to our viewers about how we can effectively combat climate change? Well, I think a lot of people are trying to do what they can today, but the system keeps rolling on, and it looks like patchwork— just like the environmentalists might get money to buy thousands of acres of land to keep it commons and pristine; you get another politician in office and you see the loggers on that land. There is no security in the monetary system. You can save up hundreds of thousands of dollars in The United States: you get cancer, you can kiss it all goodbye. So... um... we really need a total change in the way we organize our priorities; the way we organize our resources, and it has to comply with the carrying capacity of the planet. And I would encourage people to look into a viable alternative called The Venus Project, and the resource based economy that we advocate. What does it mean to be human? I don't think we... we personify that yet. As long as there's wars and jails and hunger and poverty and bombing the shit out of other countries and putting the enormous amount of money that we're still using in this culture to... for bombing and destruction, I... I... we haven't arrived at what it is to be human yet, or what it is to be civilized. I'm sure most of you heard of Arthur C. Clarke. Will you raise your hands? Good. He said that if he wrote a book that everybody enjoyed and understood, he said he wouldn't be saying anything new. Think about that. What I'm going to talk about is gonna change some of your lives. The minute you know what it is, interrupt. ♪♫♪ ♫♪♫ ♪♫♪ ♫♪♫ What is it? Titanic. OK. Great. Now, If he didn't call that, remember there's no ship there at all. There was enough bits for his associative memory to put that together. Now you know that's not a ship. Now what is this? Some of you older people might guess this. ♫♪♫ An alarm clock. Who did that? You are amazing That's no... Where is the alarm clock? Well, anyway, if she didn't call that... if she wasn't able to call that. I would've put the little...the legs on, and the clock and hammer and watch coming, every...until somebody called it. Now if you...there are still some that cannot see the ship. So I would've gone all along, put all the windows in, Titanic, everything till somebody got up and said, yeah, Titanic. Well, this is an attempt to prove that all of us are capable of making decisions and arriving at a conclusion without all of the information prepared for us. That is a unique quality in human beings. So just to prove that people can put something together. And I'm going to try to explain to you just what creative thinking really is. Thanks for watching this episode of EcoSpotlight. If you like what you saw and you like to see more, like and subscribe now. Want updates on green news? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: Ecopreneurmedia.com

Video Details

Duration: 40 minutes and 51 seconds
Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: Ecopreneur Media
Director: Ecopreneur Media
Views: 10
Posted by: ltiofficial on May 13, 2020

In this EcoSpotlight episode, host Philip Toussaint ventures to The Venus Project to meet with Roxanne Meadows, a futurist who has presented their "Resource Based Economy" concept to 25 countries globally. Can a world without money work? We find out by exploring the lasting legacy of visionary thinker, Jacque Fresco.

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