The Venus Project

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Coordinates: 27°04′25″N 81°25′51″W / 27.073667°N 81.43079°W / 27.073667; -81.43079

The Venus Project
The Venus Project logo and wordmark.svg
The Venus Project logo
Motto Beyond Politics, Poverty and War
Formation 1995; 19 years ago (1995)
Type For-profit corporation
Purpose/focus Society restructuration
Location Venus, Florida, U.S.
Key people
Website thevenusproject.com

The Venus Project organization advocates what founder Jacques Fresco calls a resource-based economy. The projected plan is to combine Fresco's versions of sustainable development, energy efficiency, natural resource management, and advanced automation in a global socioeconomic system based on social cooperation and scientific methodology.

Located in Venus, Florida, the Venus Project is in a 21.5-acre (8.7-hectare) facility.[1]

History[edit]

Futurist Jacque Fresco (right) with Roxanne Meadows

The Venus Project was founded in 1995 as a for-profit corporation by Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows in Venus, Florida.[2]

A separate, nonprofit organization started by Fresco and his business partner Roxanne Meadows is Future By Design, founded in 2003.[3]

Fresco lectures his ideas and gives tours of the Venus Project location.[4]

Resource-based economy[edit]

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 argues that Earth has enough resources and that the practice of distributing resources through a price system method is irrelevant and counterproductive to survival.[5]

An automated construction[clarification needed]

The Zeitgeist Movement[edit]

The Venus Project concepts are outlined in the documentary-style film Zeitgeist: Addendum.[6] The film premiered at the fifth annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008.[7] The film is available on YouTube.[8] Following its release, director Peter Joseph formed the Zeitgeist Movement, and advocated the Venus Project. In January 2011, a follow-up film, titled Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, was released also highlighting ideas from the Venus Project.[9]

In 2011, the two groups ended their relationship. Speaking in an interview with London Real TV, Fresco cited personal differences between himself and Joseph, as well as lack of control over their collaborative efforts. He specifically noted his concern about the Zeitgeist Movement's professed role as the "activist arm" of the Venus Project, stating that Joseph "never consulted [him on] what the activist arm would do."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "The Venus Project: About". www.thevenusproject.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Detail by Entity Name: THE VENUS PROJECT, INC.". Division of Corporations. Florida Department of State. Retrieved 2014-01-21. "Florida Profit Corporation" 
  3. ^ "Detail by Entity Name". Search.sunbiz.org. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  4. ^ Newman, Alex (March 10, 2011). "Zeitgeist and the Venus Project". The New American. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Resource Based Economy". Thevenusproject.com. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Zeitgeist: Addendum", Video (YouTube), retrieved 2012-04-25 
  7. ^ Home :: The Artivist Film Festival, October 2008, archived from the original on 2008-10-21, retrieved 27 August 2012, "Presenting The 2008 Artivist Award Winners! "ZEITGEIST ADDENDUM" Director: Peter Joseph. Best Feature – Artivist Spirit Award" 
  8. ^ Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, January 2011, retrieved 13 August 2013 
  9. ^ TZMOfficialChannel. "Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (Official Release 2011)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Jacque Fresco – The Venus Project". London Real. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2014-01-26. "…he said 'I got the idea now. I’m going to run it my way.' I said: 'You can’t do that, I’ve spent 75 years working on this. You have to study more. So I split with him, because I’ve been working on it for so many years, and doing away with my own beliefs in order to understand what shapes human behaviour…he said that he would use TZM movement as the activist arm of TVP. But he never consulted me [on] what the activist arm would do." 

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