The Zeitgeist Movement: Envisioning A Sustainable Future

zeitgeistBy Travis Walter Donovan for Huffington Post:

“It takes a different value system if you wish to change the world,” Jacque Fresco said to a sold out crowd of over 800 in New York City’s Upper West Side.

Though he may not need to convince these people, many his ardent followers, it will indeed take a restructuring of the mind for those unfamiliar with Fresco’s work to realistically accept the ideas he proposes of a new global society that has given up money and property in favor of a shared, sustainable, technology-driven community.

The caustic skepticism can already be heard, critics crying out with pointed fingers, decreeing communism, socialism, insanity! But as Fresco himself will tell you, communism is still just another system with banks and social stratification. The kind of world he imagines for the future is much different. To ease the transition, The Zeitgeist Movement provides a wealth of dizzying information detailing why a new global system is not only preferred, but necessary, and just how we can get there.

March 14th, 2010 was the second annual celebration of ZDay. Coordinated by The Zeitgeist Movement, ZDay is an educational event geared toward raising awareness of the movement. While 337 sympathetic events occurred in over 70 countries worldwide, NYC was home to the main event, a 6-hour live web cast presentation with lectures from the movement’s key figures, and 30 different countries represented in the audience.

So what exactly is The Zeitgeist Movement? Not even two years old, the movement declares itself as the activist arm of The Venus Project, an organization started in the 1970s by Fresco and his partner, Roxanne Meadows. The Venus Project distributes resources promoting Fresco’s vision of an improved society, with the main component being a resource-based economy, rather than a monetary-based one. In Fresco’s resource-based economy, the world’s resources would be considered as the equal inheritance of all the world’s peoples, and would be managed as efficiently and carefully as possible through focusing on the technological potential of sustainable development. It is toward this idea that The Zeitgeist Movement works to educate and inform people.

The movement’s founder, Peter Joseph, came to notoriety with his 2007 internet film sensation, Zeitgeist, and it’s 2008 successor, Zeitgeist: Addendum. While many people may find it hard to digest the idea of a world without currency, Joseph’s argument that our economic system is the source of our greatest social problems was supported with valuable evidence…

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  • FergalR

    To be fair, New York City has a population of 8 million: if you had a demonstration of monkeys flinging their shit at the audience you'd sell more than 800 tickets. A display of monkeys who somehow believe the Maoist bullshit disseminated by the Huffington post would attract considerable more.

    • http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/ Nick S

      What are you trying to say really? Wall Street basically is monkeys flinging feces around, in all directions. (?) Unfortunately the venue used for Zday only held 800 people. Study the Zeitgeist Movement for your own good and try again later.

  • Tangel476

    Sadly I do not think we will not make it as a species. Our world economy depends on oil. It is simply not enough oil to sustain us. If we continue the way we are, then expect war and chaos.

  • Tangel476

    Sadly I do not think we will not make it as a species. Our world economy depends on oil. It is simply not enough oil to sustain us. If we continue the way we are, then expect war and chaos.

  • Jphitpap

    For years I held the belief that I was insane because I have had, for lack of a better term, visions of “One Planet, One People” as a guiding force laying beneath my burning passion of purpose. A purpose that I have no definition for but that I know exists.Recently I have become acquainted with a man named Bob who has confirmed much of what I know. I realize now that I was never insane, but in reality am truly free. I have held myself above the meaningless and discriminatory laws of man because I know that as we evolve as we are meant to be law is no longer a consideration for my conduct as I live to simply serve the greater good that we all possess.

  • Jphitpap

    For years I held the belief that I was insane because I have had, for lack of a better term, visions of “One Planet, One People” as a guiding force laying beneath my burning passion of purpose. A purpose that I have no definition for but that I know exists.Recently I have become acquainted with a man named Bob who has confirmed much of what I know. I realize now that I was never insane, but in reality am truly free. I have held myself above the meaningless and discriminatory laws of man because I know that as we evolve as we are meant to be law is no longer a consideration for my conduct as I live to simply serve the greater good that we all possess.

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