With the development of the space age we have an opportunity to learn how to manage our planet intelligently; free of artificial boundaries that separate people all over the world. We have come to realize that the earth and the resources on which we all depend are limited and if we wish to survive we must change our way of thinking and doing. 

A need to change.

In our high-tech world any change may happen in seconds but may influence millions of people. 

Newborns in such a technology-reliant society inherit a world far different from the one of previous generations, which left legacies of occupation, exploitation and irrelevant values. These values not only present great challenges for  humankind, but also new horizons for the future.

The application of science and technology makes up every single advance that has contributed to improving our lives. The scientific method, if applied to the social system to enhance life for everyone on Earth while protecting the environment, will work. At present we are depleting natural resources 50% faster than the planet can renew, so it is mandatory that we rearrange the culture to live in accordance with available resources.  In the coming cybernated age, we must merge technology and cybernetics into solutions, so that we can attain a world free of war, hunger, and poverty, which we’ve failed to achieve. However, if we continue on with the present outdated value system, we will repeat the same mistakes. 

All things change including our social systems. Our behavior, values and beliefs, are part of natural law. What we need today is a change in direction and purpose through understanding that humankind is not separate, but an integral part of the natural symbiotic whole.

The Venus Project advocates the direction toward an alternative system of problem-solving of what the future can be if we apply our present knowledge about science and technology in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It is an approach of redesigning our society and culture in which the inadequacies of war, hunger, poverty, debt, environmental degradation and unnecessary human suffering are viewed as unacceptable and thus must be avoided. 

What is The Venus Project?

The Venus Project provides tools of restructuring our social institutions by applying the modern technologies directly to the social system to benefit everyone's lives. One of the main premises of the project is the intelligent management of the Earth's resources through the environmental reclamation and intelligent application of the scientific method.  This could only be accomplished by setting up a global resource-based economy in which all of the planet's resources are held as the common heritage of all the world's people. In other words, a resource-based economy utilizes resources rather than money while distributing these resources in the most efficient way to eliminate scarcity and maintain a high standard of living for the entire population.  

Why a resource-based economy?

All social systems and nations regardless of their religious beliefs, customs, or political preferences ultimately depend upon clean air and water, arable land and relevant education to support their life-style. 

The problems we face today are technical in nature. There is not enough money available to implement the changes toward a more humane society, but there are more than enough resources. This is why The Venus Project proposes the transition from the fixed monetary-based society we live in to an evolving resource-based global economy. It is the transition from our present culture of political incompetence, obsolete values, scarcity-oriented system to a new society with better means of living for everyone. The choice is ours to make, and will require a quantum jump in both way of thinking and action.

Learn how to understand it fully at www.thevenusproject.com

Sources used:

1. Jacque Fresco - The Best That Money Can't Buy (2008);

2. The Choice is Ours. Parts I & II – The Venus Project Documentary (2015);

3. Jacque Fresco - Introduction to Sociocyberneering - Larry King's Show (1974);

4. Jacque Fresco - Designing the Future (2007);

5. Jacque Fresco - The Redesign of a Culture (1995).

6. Kenneth S. Keyes, JR. and Jacque Fresco – Looking Forward (1969).

 

Published in Guan Xi Magazine- Fall 2015 issue