Guest post by: Ronni Jensen
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Last week – in the first part of the series – I wrote about how I heard about The Venus Project (TVP); my personal development, which formed the basis of how I became interested in TVP, and how I learned about TVP.
I presented my way of looking at the universe and what I think our relationship to the universe, the Earth and each other is.
I chose to write about these things so that you, the reader, can get an idea of where I come from and how I think so that you may better understand what it is I’m trying to convey to you. Similarly, you need to know Jacque Fresco’s (JF) background to understand what it is he is trying to communicate to the world with his life’s project, TVP.
You should be aware that no matter how you use communication, you can only understand in relation to your own background. To understand another human being 100% is probably impossible – but you can understand the concept in your own way; and the personal understanding may reflect the concept that was intended in the first place to a greater or lesser extent.
Therefore – before we begin with the details of TVP, I will give you a little background information on Jacque and TVP.
J.F. was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1916 – he is 99 years young.
He lives in Venus, Florida, USA (The Venus Project is named after the town) – on his 23-acre research center where the days are spent organizing tours and lectures about the project, as well as teaching interested souls and developing TVP.
- He has worked as an industrial designer and as a designer in the aerospace industry. He has been in the military, where he worked with technical designs; and together with his colleague, Roxanne Meadows, he has made freelance inventions, conventional architecture, industrial engineering, and been a consultant on a number of inventions.
- As a young man in the 1930s he worked for Douglas Aircraft Company, where he designed a plane that had the shape of a wing and as a disc. But production proved not to be economically viable in the 1930s. However, like so many other futurists, J.F. was ahead of his time.
Aircrafts has changed a lot since then, and today we have the unmanned fighter “Neuron” which is designed like a flat wing.
- In 1940 he founded and lectured at the Scientific Research Laboratories in Los Angeles, where he taught technical design. However, he had trouble getting funds for his research and when the lab was closed down to make way for a highway, he moved to Miami Florida in 1955.
- In 1961 he was part of a project known as “The Sandwich House” – a concept where new houses were mainly prefabricated. He lived by designing aluminum solutions to various issues through his company “Jacque Fresco Enterprises Inc.”
- The Venus Project was created in 1994 as a kind of culmination of everything J.F. had worked with throughout his life.
Since then he has worked on the project together with Roxanne Meadows.
The ideas behind TVP are many and very complex. It is important to understand that J.F. has both extensive experience and knowledge in a variety of engineering aspects and sciences – and it is this experiences and knowledge which TVP is based on.
- And much more than this rather short resume…
He shares a lot of his experiences in the form of stories about his personal endeavors and what he learned from them – and there are many to address!
Instead of mentioning them all here and now, I would rather bring them up when they are particularly relevant to the issues we are exploring during this series.
Personally, I like his very logical and technological way of being.
For some people it may seem provocative – maybe even a bit rude – but as he says himself: “you don’t have to like someone to be able to learn something from them.”
For example, it may be that you need information from an engineer. Now, you might personally think his morality is absolutely unacceptable; but if you don’t have the means to design a house, it may be a good idea not to reject all of the things the engineer say, as it may be important with regards to the house.
With basis in science, TVP suggest what a possible future can look like.
Remember – J.F.’s work to show a possible solution for the future, but he does not claim that the future will necessarily manifest itself in a 100% replica of what TVP is currently.
The Venus Project – a quick look:
TVP proposes an alternative vision of what a future society can be and achieve, when using known technology to make a future worldwide civilization sustainable.
This is done through a re-design of the worldwide culture so that war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering will be seen, not only as unnecessary but also as 100 % unacceptable. Less than this will not do if we want to avoid the inherited problems that we have in the world today.
When you consider the enormous challenges facing society today, one can safely conclude that it is time to a rethink how people behave as well as our position as inhabitants of the Earth – as members of a civilization.
Such a self-analysis must necessarily include questions about what it actually means to be a human being and how we can make choices to ensure a prosperous future for all of the people in the world – and the nature we are deeply dependent on!
We are gradually running out of options regarding what we can do to ensure a future for the people on this planet.
As a worldwide community we have to realize that we have some basic common problems that threaten human existence on Earth, and regardless of our differences, we have to cooperate to make the Earth a better place for all people and not only in a few geographical areas.
- TVP suggests that we direct the world’s resources, knowledge and technology to where it gets maximum utilization to meet people’s basic needs, wellbeing and last but not least the planet’s sustainability.
- TVP sees and celebrates the human potential. The project is not designed to be a replica how the future must be like – it’s made to present an opportunity of what we collectively, as members of the Earth can do about our current situation.
- TVP suggests a holistic approach to a new world civilization, which is takes into account the human and the environmental issues through an analytical approach to society and the planet.
- One of the cornerstones of TVP is that all of the Earth’s resources are common heritage of ALL people on Earth.
It’s not certain that there is enough money in the world to solve the Earth’s problems within the current system, and there is certainly no political consensus about what is important for Earth’s well-being – even though we have a lot of resources to use.
Thus, TVP doesn’t find it possible to implement the (necessary) radical changes in the current system and therefore, proposes a phasing out of the use of money, and introduces something they call a “resource-based economy” (it will be elaborated on in a later part of the series ).
With the automation of labor, people will be set free from “work to survive” and start to “work to thrive”.
The automation is coming, whether we are in the current system or switch to a resource-based system – that much is for sure.
The incentive to work would come to lie in personal development, self-understanding and the personal desire to excel in any field you want to study. The important thing is that you choose what you want to work with – while you can be sure that your basic needs are met.
The needs must be met through a high capacity to produce the goods that people have need of. Tools and other items are available without having to be bought by the intended user. (All of this will also be elaborated later in the series).
With these and many other proposals TVP can create and shape a new society.
TVP is aware that for this to be done, we collectively need to make a giant leap in the way we think and the way we handle challenges.
In the next blog post, we will explore “communication”, which is an important part of understanding TVP’s message – and any message ever really!
If you want to know more about TVP right now you can visit the TVP website or ask me in the comments.
– Ronni Jensen