A Small Research Center In Florida Has Blueprints For A Bright Future
The Ideals of The Venus Project
Based in Venus, Florida, The Venus Project is a nonprofit organization that advocates a new socio-economic model backed by science and technology for social reformation with the goal of attaining a sustainable civilization of abundance for everyone, without exception. The nonprofit organization is a brainchild of Jacque Fresco, author, structural engineer, industrial designer and futurist, which aims to educate people towards the acceptance and utilization of a theoretical societal design called a “resource-based economy”.
What is a Resource-Based Economy?
Jacque Fresco, the innovator of The Venus Project defined the
resource-based economy paradigm as an all-inclusive socio-economic system in
which all resources, goods and services are available to everyone without the
use of orthodox financial systems like money, credit, barter, or any other
system of debt or servitude. By this model, all resources, goods and services
are commonly owned and belong to all inhabitants. This holistic system is based
on the premise that Earth has enough abundant resources for everyone, and that
the traditional method of rationing resources through money-based systems is
unfair, counter-productive and inimical to the survival of the human species.
In his famous book published in 2002, The Best That Money Can’t Buy:
Beyond Politics, Poverty, and War, Jacque Fresco writes: “If we really wish to
put an end to our ongoing international and social problems, we must ultimately
declare Earth and all of its resources as the common heritage of all of the
world’s people. Anything less will result in the same catalogue of problems we
have today.” In simpler terms, The Venus Project emphasizes that the planet
will be a better habitat and safer haven for everyone if we shift from a
money-based economy to its proposed resource-based economy where all the planet’s
resources are equally owned by every inhabitant.
The Venus Project: Science and Technology for a Better Society
Furthermore, The Venus Project believes that the social challenges – such as war, crime, climate change, poverty, and hunger – facing our world today cannot be entirely separated from “global resource mismanagement”. It sees these social and environmental problems as repercussions of the current socio-economic system operated globally. Hence, the nonprofit organization believes that the solution to these contemporary challenges lies in the application of science and technology to create better living conditions for everyone. According to the founders, the notion of jobs can be replaced with the automation of tasks using technological solutions, and the use of money as the legal tender is better replaced with the distribution of resources using scientific principles. With the application of these proposed ideals, the innovators of a resource-based economy believe that society can then make informed decisions about how resources should be distributed, rather than merely basing this critical task on arbitrary decisions.
Moreover, The Venus Project framework focuses on utilizing the potential of science and technology to the maximum in a bid to achieve its resource-based system. Much more than a utopian concept, the organization’s socio-economic model incorporates natural resource management, sustainable cities and values, energy efficiency, collective farms, and advanced automation driven by social cooperation and scientific methodology. The prime concern of this humanitarian project is to maximize the quality of life of all inhabitants rather than achieve profit. This is why it emphasizes the reassessment and overhauling of all aspects of human society – from our values, education, and urban design to how we relate to nature and to one another.
Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows
Interestingly, Jacque Fresco was not alone in his quest for social
reclamation through an energy-efficient, technology-driven and cooperative
socio-economic model. Since 1975 until his death in May 2017, he worked with
Roxanne Meadows, an illustrator, designer and fellow architect. He began The Venus Project in 1995, when he was almost 80 years old, and
together with Roxanne Meadows, he also directed the non-profit organization
Future by Design. Alongside Jacque Fresco, Ms. Meadows was
actively involved in the design and construction of the 10 experimental
buildings on The Venus Project’s research and planning center for the
presentation of the proposals of the project. For over four decades, she
collaborated with Jacque Fresco in developing books, blueprints, drawings,
films, models, brochures and lecturing in conferences and seminars throughout
the United States and in over 25 countries worldwide to evangelize the ideals
of The Venus Project.
Initially, Jacque purchased 10 acres of land in Venus, Florida, a site
just two hours north of Miami to build his research center on. However, within
a few years, the couple had expanded their land to 21 acres and completed the
construction of their magnificent research and planning center where they built
several concrete domes within a lush landscape teeming with cypress trees,
exotic birds, and alligators. Featuring a state-of-the-art design, the estate
was meant to depict the ultimate prototype of Jacque Fresco’s ideologies. Much
more, the experimental center was designed to be the perfect example of an
efficient and harmonious society powered by science and technology as
envisioned by Mr Fresco.
The Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement
Jacque and The Venus Project are featured in the film Future By Design
produced in 2006 by William Gazecki, and the Zeitgeist film series (Zeitgeist
Addendum 2008 and Zeitgeist Moving Forward 2010) produced by Peter Joseph,
founder of the Zeitgeist Movement. The feature films present Jacque Fresco as a
“modern da Vinci” whose ingenious ideas were meant to save the world. The
Zeitgeist Movement founded in 2008, collaborated and endorsed The Venus Project
and even tagged itself “the activist arm of The Venus Project”.
However, in 2011, The Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement parted ways, but
TZM still continues to promote the resource-based economic model, and in fact,
it still celebrates an annual ‘Z Day’ on 13th March which is Jacque Fresco’s
The Venus Project after Fresco’s Demise
Today, even after the death of Jacque Fresco – initiator of The Venus Project, his associate Roxanne Meadows continues to oversee the administration of the research center, granting interviews, presenting seminars and leading tours around the center, passionately explaining and propagating the ideals of Jacque Fresco’s “Resource-Based Economy” to all who care to ask and listen.