The Venus Project
|The Venus Project|
The Venus Project logo
|Motto||Beyond Politics, Poverty and War|
|Location||Venus, Florida, United States|
|Key people||Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows|
The Venus Project is an organization started by self-educated structural engineer, industrial designer, and futurist Jacque Fresco. Fresco's project aims to restructure society through worldwide utilization of a theoretical design that he calls a resource-based economy. Those ideas use a version of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management and advanced automation with a global socio-economic system based on social cooperation and scientific methodology.
The term 'resource-based economy' is used by the Venus Project to describe a hypothetical economic system in which, goods, services and information are free. Fresco's system is based on the idea that the earth is abundant with plentiful resources but that our current practice of what he calls 'rationing' resources through monetary methods or a price system method is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.
Zeitgeist movies and Venus Project
The Venus Project and its proposals for social and environmental problems are featured prominently in the documentary-style film Zeitgeist: Addendum. The film premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008. It was released online for free on YouTube. Peter Joseph formed the Zeitgeist Movement, and advocated the aims of the Venus Project. In 2011, an additional film, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, was released, again featuring the Venus Project and its proposals.
In April 2011, the Venus Project formally disassociated itself from the Zeitgeist Movement, saying it did not feel properly represented.
Films connected to Venus Project
- Welcome to the Future (1998)
- Cities in the Sea (2002)
- Self-erecting Structures (2002)
- Designing the Future (2006)
- Paradise or Oblivion (2011)
Books regarding Venus Project
- The Venus Project: The Redesign of Culture. Venus, Fla.: Global Cyber-Visions. (1995). ISBN 0-9648806-0-1. OCLC 33896367. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- The Best that Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War. Venus, Fla.: Global Cyber-Visions. (2002). ISBN 0-9648806-7-9. OCLC 49931422. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=the+venus+project&Search_Code=TALL&PID=LPYFCPzRGyQBj6k9ziJymSsIGYYR5&SEQ=20130828200730&CNT=25&HIST=1 Retrieved August-29-2013
- Department of State Division of Corporations
- http://www.thevenusproject.com/about/resource-based-economy Retrieved August-30-2013
- "Zeitgeist: Addendum", Video (YouTube), retrieved 2012-04-25
- Home :: The Artivist Film Festival, October 2008, retrieved 27 August 2012, "Presenting The 2008 Artivist Award Winners! "ZEITGEIST ADDENDUM" Director: Peter Joseph. Best Feature – Artivist Spirit Award"
- Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, January 2011, retrieved 13 August 2013
- Official website
- www.thevenusproject.com/images/stories/Looking-Forward-v2.pdf – Looking Forward – Author: Kenneth S. Keyes, jr. and Jacque Fresco – free pdf ebook
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