The Venus Project's Jacque Fresco Lectures Occupy Miami On His Visions Of A Utopian Future

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​Since the Occupy movements started pitching tents and politically motivated fits alike, the rest of the world's been asking, "What the hell do you expect to achieve from sleeping under the stars and smelling like last week's lunch?" Futurist Jacque Fresco and his partner Roxanne Meadows, creators of The Venus Project, are offering one unique, somewhat incredible, and yet undeniably intriguing solution to corporate greed and political corruption. 

This Sunday, the thinker, industrial designer, and social engineer is coming to his former home of Miami from his 21-acre research compound in Venus, Florida. He'll be speaking to Occupy Miami, offering the movement one direction to move in: a complete overhaul of the system in favor of a revolutionary -- and stylish -- alternative.
For those unfamiliar with their perspective, Fresco explains that the Venus Project is a broad-based philosophy aimed at moving the world away from everything from money and politics toward more freely shared resources.

"The Venus Project is concerned with the future, concerned with unemployment, war, the terrible relationships we have with other countries. The Venus Project offers a possible solution to most problems," he says. "All the world's people should share all the world's resources." 

Fresco says his biggest problem with American democracy is that politicians are elected by special interests to keep the status quo. 

"They are elected to keep things as they are," he says. 

The project wants the whole world to share resources and equalize social constructs without using money. Sound crazy? Fresco believes it can happen. 

"We have to learn to live in accordance with a caring capacity of the earth's resources." Meadows adds that the monetary free-enterprise system is innately flawed. "This system gives you your values, your judgment of right and wrong, almost always to support the existing system." 

That explains why you want a Birkin bag and fancy pregnant goats' milk cheese from Siberia. The system promotes scarcity, and scarcity is sexy but not sustainable. 

A "resource-based economy," the couple believes, would end many social problems. Price tags are the enemy.

"We're not interested in an established culture, we're interested in an emerging culture," Fresco says. "It's not about creating a utopia, but about creating a culture and economy the best way that we know how at this point." 

To further their research into the idea, the pair have already built ten edifices on land they've purchased in Venus, Florida -- a remote outpost on U.S. 27 near Lake Okeechobee. They've built bridges, landscaping, and ponds, as an example of "what people could have within a resource based economy." 

The website shows their crazy, futuristic, out of this world Jetson-ready designs for cities. Construction may not have begun on these hyper-modern villages just yet, but maybe the little community at Occupy Miami will be convinced this is the answer, roll up their sleeves and get to work on your next apartment. 

Learn more about The Venus Project at the Occupy Miami site at Government Center, West Lawn Fountain on NW 2nd Street and NW 2nd Ave. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

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Teresa
Teresa

I love The Venus Project, it may seem a little far fetched but if we could all unite under this common goal, with technology progressing the way it is, I believe it is possible.  Thank you Jacque Fresco for all your brilliance and determination.  Congradulations on finding your mission. 

RidingHome
RidingHome

I hope someday, someone gives us a new chance....That is all he intends, nothing more....Don't you think he is not aware of that this is not the best solution, but at least it is an idea that is worth thinking of, do you?I mean change something to finally avoid the essential problems we all have....I just want to be free, but freedom means more and more to move me into a life long dependency....Just ask yourself once what you need and what you want....And maybe, but just maybe you will discover that most of the things you think you want are not at all the things you need and that all the things you need are quite never the things we want....Do you like to be influent by others and influent everyone around you....I for myself would prefer to discover life in a different way....

In love Mark

unityandstrength
unityandstrength

Who is this?

Subject: [vvm-mia-blogs-news] Re: Riptide 2.0 - Liz Tracy - The Venus Project's Jacque Fresco Lectures Occupy Miami On His Visions Of A Utopian Future

unityandstrength
unityandstrength

THERE IS MORE TO OCCUPY MIAMI THEN MEETS THE EYE  I am White, not Black like Ms. Holmes. I can tell you she is upset because the Black population is being ignored and mistreated. Openly racist comments have been made by self appointed group leaders. she is not being allowed to explain it or oppose those doing it. Yes she may be really upset and may be getting very confrontational in her arguments but 20 year old's trying to cheat should not be lying to and attacking an older woman, and should not attack first. She is old enough to be their moms.      In fact even recently when voting for representatives to negotiate with the County, many where ignored from going to represent the group simply because they where black. Our most trusted advisor was not even mentioned by those running the vote. This is common here where the system is rigged.      By way of example, in the first GA, the group voted against incorporation of any entity to collect donations. What did 4 persons do a couple of weeks later, they incorporated without telling the group about it and used a different name than the group. Yet they put a link from the Occupy Miami Web Site to the Corporation. The 4 "trustees" initially doing the  incorporation where all friends. 3 of them where Kevin Young, his girlfriend and their long time friend Luis Garcia. One person, did like Ms. Holmes, reveal the entire thing and was almost voted of camp at a GA conducted the next day and in which he was not present. The majority resisted. They used two others to attempt to vote him out while he was not there. He remains. He is our most trusted advisor.     Another group rule violation, secrete meeting where being held where all these moves are planned. In these off site meetings are the same persons plus a couple of more which know practically nothing about anything except being dishonest. They are Alex (who parades as the head chief since he got the permit in his name and is a trustee in the corporation), Bruce (who controls the web site and face book page with others and will delete anything he does not like. So much for democracy and being heard right!), Kevin Kage (who does nothing except pretend he does and is knick named Benedict Arnold by some), and the others mentioned. Like I said, they are in their early 20's and know little about anything except cheating. Yet there are many capable young people they ignore and step over. When the secrete meetings where revealed they tried another attempt to expel someone.      As far as Kelly Roark the lawyer trying to help. She is trying to control the group. She is far from being a good lawyer in my opinion. Has a terribly low rating. Her arguments are senseless and many educated persons who advise us. She lies about her self to us. She knows little about the law. Is not good at tactical planning and contrary to what your article says, she has gotten us nothing. County attorney Rosenthal will eat her up alive and is just planning his feast with her. He is the toughest the county has. She is ego driven and refuses anyone smarter or better trained then her while also insulting them. This is not group cohesion. She is said to be negotiating where the self appointed "leader" Alex, claims she is not supposed to.       And yes the County attorney's Office is a group of dishonest pricks trying to play politics and not justice. They do not care for the law but for themselves and not for the county but for its leaders who sign their checks and can get them fired. Be careful with them. They will not do what is right. Bye now most of them have no idea what is right anymore. I have dealt with them and know them well.       The majority needs to control Occupy Miami and retake control or this will all end. The majority are good honest person looking for change. These self appointed liars are business as usual.          You have 2-6 homeless persons who play both the honest leaders with no appointment. The ones recognized for their integrity and honesty who want only the movement to succceed as well as the ones that are trying desperately to seize control and have thru the web site, corporation etc., and other means. You have GA meetings in which most of the self appointed highly disliked leaders (Yes most dislike them, ask everyone, not just a few), never attend unless they want to remove someone etc.      Democracy and Rule of Law has to start here. At the very place that we all gather to complain about injustices in our system. We are not here to create another messed up party or system. If at GA it was voted against incorporating then doing so is breaking of Occupy Law. If persons lie and hold secrete meetings, using codes for IDing themselves, off site locations and even code words for communications and have secrete titles, they are also in violation of Occupy Law. If they appoint themselves as leaders and even to corporations (that have yet to give the group a single financial report) they are in violation again. If they try to eliminate persons who inform us of the truth and what is happening this not only a violation of Occupy Law but treason. If one man tries to hold a permit he should not hold alone but in every ones name who sleeps there, something he does not do, then this is wrong.     At GA I recommend that we all vote out Alex, Bruce, Kevin Kage, Kevin Young, Luis Garcia, Kevin's Girlfriend and Kelly Roark and let this group organize on its own. State Attorney please come in and look at this incorporation and funds obtained by these persons into their corporation using Occupy protestors sleep over, camp efforts, protest and actions. But give the group a chance to reorganize and not remove them for this the sabotage of a handful unless you planted them in here thru the lawyers guild to control us and ultimately bring us down. Great that many of these persons helped get things started but clearly took just a few steps and do not let the movement grow or organize as they have their own agenda. Also the Lawyers Guild need to work as lawyers and not tell us how to run our protest. Give legal advise not revolutionary advise to make sure they influence who we protest against. This is the problem in our country, lawyers. They have tried repeatedly to block protest against our own cheating court house and their co members, the Judges.         Funny, when you came to camp to write this story they where looking to give you view of a united camp and where looking for volunteers to tell you an unreal story. Many declined being coached or told what to say or more importantly what not to tell you. Here you go. We where being told to put on a lie for you.     Sadly this is the only public way we have to voice our true gripes since the self appointed “leaders” will delete it from the web site or face book page.     Donors for now please take your donations to the camp directly and not to the corporation. Please we need food, pallets to avoid tent flooding, water proof tents, art materials like posters, have t shirts made with our logo “occupy Miami”, water is in desperate need. Also please donate your skills,  but please check your ego at the information counter at Government Center

unityandstrength
unityandstrength

THERE IS MORE TO OCCUPY MIAMI THEN MEETS THE EYE  I am White, not Black like Ms. Holmes. I can tell you she is upset because the Black population is being ignored and mistreated. Openly racist comments have been made by self appointed group leaders. she is not being allowed to explain it or oppose those doing it. Yes she may be really upset and may be getting very confrontational in her arguments but 20 year old's trying to cheat should not be lying to and attacking an older woman, and should not attack first. She is old enough to be their moms.      In fact even recently when voting for representatives to negotiate with the County, many where ignored from going to represent the group simply because they where black. Our most trusted advisor was not even mentioned by those running the vote. This is common here where the system is rigged.      By way of example, in the first GA, the group voted against incorporation of any entity to collect donations. What did 4 persons do a couple of weeks later, they incorporated without telling the group about it and used a different name than the group. Yet they put a link from the Occupy Miami Web Site to the Corporation. The 4 "trustees" initially doing the  incorporation where all friends. 3 of them where Kevin Young, his girlfriend and their long time friend Luis Garcia. One person, did like Ms. Holmes, reveal the entire thing and was almost voted of camp at a GA conducted the next day and in which he was not present. The majority resisted. They used two others to attempt to vote him out while he was not there. He remains. He is our most trusted advisor.     Another group rule violation, secrete meeting where being held where all these moves are planned. In these off site meetings are the same persons plus a couple of more which know practically nothing about anything except being dishonest. They are Alex (who parades as the head chief since he got the permit in his name and is a trustee in the corporation), Bruce (who controls the web site and face book page with others and will delete anything he does not like. So much for democracy and being heard right!), Kevin Kage (who does nothing except pretend he does and is knick named Benedict Arnold by some), and the others mentioned. Like I said, they are in their early 20's and know little about anything except cheating. Yet there are many capable young people they ignore and step over. When the secrete meetings where revealed they tried another attempt to expel someone.      As far as Kelly Roark the lawyer trying to help. She is trying to control the group. She is far from being a good lawyer in my opinion. Has a terribly low rating. Her arguments are senseless and many educated persons who advise us. She lies about her self to us. She knows little about the law. Is not good at tactical planning and contrary to what your article says, she has gotten us nothing. County attorney Rosenthal will eat her up alive and is just planning his feast with her. He is the toughest the county has. She is ego driven and refuses anyone smarter or better trained then her while also insulting them. This is not group cohesion. She is said to be negotiating where the self appointed "leader" Alex, claims she is not supposed to.       And yes the County attorney's Office is a group of dishonest pricks trying to play politics and not justice. They do not care for the law but for themselves and not for the county but for its leaders who sign their checks and can get them fired. Be careful with them. They will not do what is right. Bye now most of them have no idea what is right anymore. I have dealt with them and know them well.       The majority needs to control Occupy Miami and retake control or this will all end. The majority are good honest person looking for change. These self appointed liars are business as usual.          You have 2-6 homeless persons who play both the honest leaders with no appointment. The ones recognized for their integrity and honesty who want only the movement to succceed as well as the ones that are trying desperately to seize control and have thru the web site, corporation etc., and other means. You have GA meetings in which most of the self appointed highly disliked leaders (Yes most dislike them, ask everyone, not just a few), never attend unless they want to remove someone etc.      Democracy and Rule of Law has to start here. At the very place that we all gather to complain about injustices in our system. We are not here to create another messed up party or system. If at GA it was voted against incorporating then doing so is breaking of Occupy Law. If persons lie and hold secrete meetings, using codes for IDing themselves, off site locations and even code words for communications and have secrete titles, they are also in violation of Occupy Law. If they appoint themselves as leaders and even to corporations (that have yet to give the group a single financial report) they are in violation again. If they try to eliminate persons who inform us of the truth and what is happening this not only a violation of Occupy Law but treason. If one man tries to hold a permit he should not hold alone but in every ones name who sleeps there, something he does not do, then this is wrong.     At GA I recommend that we all vote out Alex, Bruce, Kevin Kage, Kevin Young, Luis Garcia, Kevin's Girlfriend and Kelly Roark and let this group organize on its own. State Attorney please come in and look at this incorporation and funds obtained by these persons into their corporation using Occupy protestors sleep over, camp efforts, protest and actions. But give the group a chance to reorganize and not remove them for this the sabotage of a handful unless you planted them in here thru the lawyers guild to control us and ultimately bring us down. Great that many of these persons helped get things started but clearly took just a few steps and do not let the movement grow or organize as they have their own agenda. Also the Lawyers Guild need to work as lawyers and not tell us how to run our protest. Give legal advise not revolutionary advise to make sure they influence who we protest against. This is the problem in our country, lawyers. They have tried repeatedly to block protest against our own cheating court house and their co members, the Judges.         Funny, when you came to camp to write this story they where looking to give you view of a united camp and where looking for volunteers to tell you an unreal story. Many declined being coached or told what to say or more importantly what not to tell you. Here you go. We where being told to put on a lie for you.     Sadly this is the only public way we have to voice our true gripes since the self appointed “leaders” will delete it from the web site or face book page.     Donors for now please take your donations to the camp directly and not to the corporation. Please we need food, pallets to avoid tent flooding, water proof tents, art materials like posters, have t shirts made with our logo “occupy Miami”, water is in desperate need. Also please donate your skills,  but please check your ego at the information counter at Government Center.

EstradaJune80539748
EstradaJune80539748

The Venus Project's Jacque Fresco Lectures Occupy Miami On His Visions Of A Utopian Future...@readers:disqus you want to make $85 hourly and $7000 per month like me just working on laptop for few hours! Would you like to be your own boss!Opportunities like this don't come by often. Don't let this one pass you by! --CashHuge. ĉộṃ--

Renegademag Cascadian
Renegademag Cascadian

It's great to see Jacque and the Venus Project get some good press and exposure.

flamengo1265
flamengo1265

The OWS Miami people could all get in a boat and go to Cuba, they have income and social equality down there.

Joseph Matthew
Joseph Matthew

Nice article, but i think you misunderstood some of the concepts? As a result, the article is a poor introduction to these ideas and thus comes off as inaccurate / low quality (sorry!).

Also, you add bias & coloring via terms like "crazy" & "out of this world"; it reads as "poor journalism". Clicking through, the designs on the linked site appear to be nothing of the sort; just designs based on different values than most are used to. Is that "crazy"?

Just because something is advanced, doesn't make it "crazy" or magical. Remember Arthur C Clarke's declaration: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Further, you suggest The Venus Project supports the idea that "price tags are the enemy" but that is NOT TRUE AT ALL. Simply, theirs is a view based on the understanding that PRICE TAGS ARE UNNECESSARY WHEN we effectively eliminate resource inefficiencies and maximize resource abundance. It's not about fighting an "enemy".

Also, please explain how these ideas are "Utopia"? Think it is misleading to call these ideas Utopian; you really should change the subject of the article.

Simply, The Venus Project calls for positive change, built on social compassion & measurable scientific data. That's it.

There is nothing "utopian" about this effort, any more than it is "utopian" to desire that traffic lights work effectively; they do, 99.9% of the time and they do so "by design". What if we applied that same design intent to all our social systems?

Fresco says in this very same article: "It's not about creating a utopia, but about creating a culture and economy the best way that we know how at this point." 

Suggesting otherwise just makes you look incompetent (sorry!)

At minimum, please change the subject of the article to be less misleading.

Joshua Zeitgeist Alba
Joshua Zeitgeist Alba

I second Redwien's response to your post. You need to bring these issues up with the rest of the people working for the Occupy Miami movement. It's not solely about the people camping there, it's about the whole movement. That being said, I have been at camp more often than not and have not witnessed any racism. I have witness people utilizing strong armed tactics such as screaming, pushing, and otherwise violent behavior to make their points, which they fail to do because of their lack of civility. 

The GA's have been all but abandoned because mob rule does not work, especially when the people are uneducated or otherwise uninformed about the issues at hand and are reactionary and otherwise unwilling to communicate, learn and share their thoughts in a manner that is conducive to our collective progress. Offering to kick people out and take aggressive actions towards people you feel that are having "secret meetings" and controlling the movement is evident of your lack of understanding the issues we face and demonstrates the very conditioning that you yourself have to address in order to begin your work towards better living. Peace

nanook5
nanook5

gee i've never heard that one before. did you know they also have abolished capital punishment and have committed, at my last tally, about 5 million fewer war crimes than the GREAT EXCEPTIONAL USA? oh and despite the rights violations that the lack of private property creates there, you know what they don't have? a foreclosure crisis that's render almost as many americans as THE TOTAL POPULATION OF CUBA homeless. also how many peaceful protestors have been pepper sprayed and beaten in cuba in the last two months compared to us? is there in fact a single contemporary metric you could measure right now that proves that cuba is somehow in any way more corrupt, more barbaric, more apathetic and illegitimate than the united states gov't?

Diego Jose Texera
Diego Jose Texera

Don't be sorry...if it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck. It's not a goat.

Vivian
Vivian

Wow, Mybest fríènd ,she just has annóuncéd hér wēddīng wīth a rich mān who is acèlèbrìty !They mèt via~~~~Su'ga'rmin'gle.Сσм ~~~~ ..it is the lārgēst and bēst clúb for rich man withyung and beautiful woman and theìr àdmirèrs to chát ōnlìnè. …You do nǒt hávè tobê rīch ór fāmóùs. ,bùt yōu cān meēt yóùr trùē lòvê , It’s wòrthy ǎ try! 

unityandstrength
unityandstrength

I like your response. It is good. Yes I agree we need a "new consciousness" world wide. But the persons we are speaking about are acting this way on purpose. I have witnessed them acting out in more ways than just racism. And as far as the GA meetings go, I have been involved in them when we have been able to have good productive meetings. But it is not the "mob" but a lot of one word insults used by certain people that stirs this up. A lot of the person who are self appointed have a way of triggering upsets and discord because they do not know how to speak to persons. For example, the day of the first move over to the North Lawn I saw a number of young persons come over to others with rude comments, about 7 in all and just start fights in the simple or thru the simple choice of words used and attitude displayed. This is not good. But underneath this I find the violations a group of self appinted leaders who do little but violate GA vote, fail to report the finances, chase out anyone that is smarter and can see or point out their errors or scams, insult others, trying to get rid of persons they do not like and fear can rise above them even if just doing so naturally as great leaders who can help the movement. It is not all about racism but they are using racism as one of their many tools. As far as GA Vote that is Camp Law. Yes remove them if they cannot respect it and continue all the violations mentioned above each and every day. The movement has lost incredible persons and I am shocked that this has happened. How can we get them back?By what name do you go bye in camp because I have never heard of you and would love to meet you. Subject: [vvm-mia-blogs-news] Re: Riptide 2.0 - Liz Tracy - The Venus Project's Jacque Fresco Lectures Occupy Miami On His Visions Of A Utopian Future

Diego Jose Texera
Diego Jose Texera

I don't think nanook is intent on moving to Cuba, he's simply pointing out some very basic truths that we, as Americans, obviously don't have this whole "live long and prosper" thing entirely figured out. There are other examples of societies out there, some better than others, some worse, but we can all learn something from even the worst examples so instead of going and barking like an aging half-blind senile dog...read into it....

Getaclue
Getaclue

Are you aware they don't have Freedom Of Speech there? you fucking commie douchebag

nanook5
nanook5

yeah look at those poor cubans who got pepper sprayed for staging a sit in at their own college last week, i fucking hate those authoritarian gov'ts...OH WAIT...

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