The Venus Project

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The Venus Project
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The Venus Project logo
MottoBeyond Politics, Poverty and War
Formation1995; 19 years ago (1995)
TypeFor-profit corporation
Purpose/focusSociety restructuration
LocationVenus, Florida, U.S.
Key people
Websitethevenusproject.com
 
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Coordinates: 27°04′25″N 81°25′51″W / 27.073667°N 81.43079°W / 27.073667; -81.43079

The Venus Project
The Venus Project logo and wordmark.svg
The Venus Project logo
MottoBeyond Politics, Poverty and War
Formation1995; 19 years ago (1995)
TypeFor-profit corporation
Purpose/focusSociety restructuration
LocationVenus, Florida, U.S.
Key people
Websitethevenusproject.com

The Venus Project is an organization that advocates for what founder Jacques Fresco calls a resource-based economy. The organization seeks to combine sustainable development, energy efficiency, natural resource management, and advanced automation within a global socioeconomic system based on social cooperation and scientific methodology.

Based in Venus, Florida, the Venus Project is located in a 21.5-acre (8.7-hectare) facility.[1]

History[edit]

Futurist Jacque Fresco (right) with Roxanne Meadows

The Venus Project was founded in 1995 as a for-profit corporation by Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows in Venus, Florida.[2]

A separate, nonprofit organization started by Fresco and his business partner Roxanne Meadows is Future By Design, founded in 2003.[3]

Currently, Fresco lectures his ideas and gives tours of the Venus Project location.[4]

Resource-based economy[edit]

The term resource-based economy is used by the Venus Project to describe a hypothetical economic system in which, goods, services, and information are free. Fresco's system argues that the earth is abundant with resources and that our current practice of distributing resources through a price system method is irrelevant and counterproductive to our survival.[5]

Projected ideas of automated building[edit]

An automated construction

The Zeitgeist Movement[edit]

Peter Joseph

The Venus Project concepts are featured as necessary alternatives for a future society in the documentary-style film Zeitgeist: Addendum.[6] The independently produced film premiered at the fifth annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008.[7] The film was made available on YouTube by Peter Joseph.[8] Following its release, director Peter Joseph formed the Zeitgeist Movement, and advocated the Venus Project. In January 2011, a follow-up film entitled Zeitgeist: Moving Forward was released also promoting the Venus Project.[9]

In 2011, the two groups ended their relationship and parted ways. Speaking in an interview with London Real TV, Fresco cited personal differences between himself and Joseph, as well as lack of control over their collaborative efforts. He specifically noted his concern about the Zeitgeist Movement's professed role as the "activist arm" of the Venus Project, stating that Joseph "never consulted [him on] what the activist arm would do."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "The Venus Project: About". www.thevenusproject.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Detail by Entity Name: THE VENUS PROJECT, INC.". Division of Corporations. Florida Department of State. Retrieved 2014-01-21. "Florida Profit Corporation" 
  3. ^ "Detail by Entity Name". Search.sunbiz.org. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  4. ^ Newman, Alex (March 10, 2011). "Zeitgeist and the Venus Project". The New American. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Resource Based Economy". Thevenusproject.com. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Zeitgeist: Addendum", Video (YouTube), retrieved 2012-04-25 
  7. ^ Home :: The Artivist Film Festival, October 2008, archived from the original on 2008-10-21, retrieved 27 August 2012, "Presenting The 2008 Artivist Award Winners! "ZEITGEIST ADDENDUM" Director: Peter Joseph. Best Feature – Artivist Spirit Award" 
  8. ^ Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, January 2011, retrieved 13 August 2013 
  9. ^ TZMOfficialChannel. "Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (Official Release 2011)". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Jacque Fresco – The Venus Project". London Real. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2014-01-26. "…he said 'I got the idea now. I’m going to run it my way.' I said: 'You can’t do that, I’ve spent 75 years working on this. You have to study more. So I split with him, because I’ve been working on it for so many years, and doing away with my own beliefs in order to understand what shapes human behaviour…he said that he would use TZM movement as the activist arm of TVP. But he never consulted me [on] what the activist arm would do." 

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