EOS has started working on a transition plan for moving from today's unsustainable money based system to a sustainable money-less system. We aim to do this through building a network of 'not for profit' organisations such as associations, companies and communities.
The Earth Organisation for Sustainability (EOS) is an autonomous research organization comprised of volunteer members from around the world. It was founded in 2005 and is registered as a non-profit association in Umea, Sweden.
From a purely scientific as well as an ethical perspective, the current system of managing the earth's resources and governing human relations is flawed. A global sustainable system dedicated to the efficient use and distribution of resources as well as the conduct of human affairs must come into place. The Earth Organisation for Sustainability is committed to the development and implementation of such a system in the best interest of each individual as well as mankind as a whole. The term EOS uses for this different kind of society is “Technate”.
As a research organisation, EOS strives to use all methods of acquiring knowledge available in order to develop and implement this sustainable socio-economic system. EOS always attempts to take all elements into consideration to arrive at decisions which are both scientifically sound and ethically sustainable. Our decisions are based on consensus within EOS as well as transparency towards the outside.
- Economics: Almost all decisions made today are based on short-sighted economic interest. Today, the value of goods and services is measured in money, which rests on the wrong assumption that there aren't enough resources for everyone in order to live an adequate life. This leads to unnecessary poverty, disease, conflict and death. In the Technate, the value of goods and services is measured in the actual energy they require in order to be built or performed. The total energy capacity of the system is assessed and evenly distributed among the population as so-called Energy Credits. They are used to acquire goods and access services. After a specified period, the Energy Credits expire and a new amount according to the current production capacity within the Technate is distributed. This system is called Energy Accounting.
- Politics: Most states are currently organised through some form of representative democracy. The only political influence exerted by the average citizen is a vote for a political party every few years. Until the next elections the government can hardly be influenced nor be hold accountable for their actions. Furthermore, the choices offered to the citizen are very limited and the politicians seldom act in the interest of the people, but rather work to fulfil their own short-sighted personal desires for money and power. The politics of the Technate would exhibit both a focus on technology and people. Since many problems humanity faces today can be solved by the correct implementation of technology, such issues should be left to experts concerned with the well-being of the society subjected to peer review and public accountability. On the other hand, all social and ethical issues would be handled by the people themselves through direct consensus-driven discussion and vote so they are empowered to shape their own environment. Decisions would be taken in a decentralised manner on the local level according to a holonic structure. This will also encourage a sense of responsibility for oneself as well as the society as a whole. The technical implementation of this system developed by EOS is called Principles and Classes.
- Technology: Even the greatest technological achievements of mankind are used to serve short-sighted economic interests. Environmental degradation through pollution and unsustainable exploitation is furthered and social pressure through the loss of jobs is increased. In a Technate, all available technology will be used in the interests of mankind in order that the life's of each and everyone will become less of a struggle and more of a quest. The Energy Accounting system mentioned above would result in the minimisation of energy usage. Therefore all work which uses less energy when performed by machines rather than humans will be automated. This would in turn result in less human labour required to maintain a high standard of living for all humans.
I'd like to know more about a specific detail of the eventual implementation of your ideas and designs?
While EOS aims for accuracy and detailed documentation of all its ideas and design efforts, it is impossible to predict the future. EOS can only propose what is seen as the best course of action at the present moment given the information EOS has at its disposal. Therefore all ideas and designs need to be adapted to suit the circumstances at the given moment they are implemented. You are welcome to contribute with your thoughts, ideas and proposals.
As opposed to the situation in the current economic system commonly referred to as capitalism, nothing would force you to fulfil a specific role or accomplish certain tasks in order to secure your living standard. While it seems counter-intuitive by current conditions, this would lead to everyone contributing to the society in a very efficient and satisfying way, since you can do whatever you want to do and have all possibilities to improve and expand your abilities.
It is important to distinguish between human nature and human behaviour. While it is within human nature to be curious and to strive for achievement, it depends on the environment as to what form and thus human behaviour this intrinsic human motivation will take. The current economic system instills a false sense of scarcity and fear of one another. In a Technate, the economic and political processes would allow for material abundance and trust between humans. Therefore, their intrinsic motivation would result in creativity and cooperation. It can hardly be estimated what feats mankind could achieve under these circumstances.
The Earth Organisation for Sustainability aims to construct a so-called Proto-Technate within the current economic system.
EOS will implement the principles of Energy Accounting (as described above under 'Economics') on a smaller scale within a Cooperative of otherwise normally functioning businesses. This will allow for synergistic cost-saving effects within the Cooperative and cause a competitive advantage. The first businesses will be founded by EOS, but everyone willing to adhere to the Cooperatives' principles and to use Energy Accounting will be invited to join and reap the economic benefits.
The important feature of this approach is that the main motivation to join the cooperative will be the cost-saving effect, the personal economic interest, which is a motivation originating from the current environment. The Cooperative does not rely on any ideological convictions and can therefore thrive within the current economic system until this very system it is made obsolete by the Cooperative and its use of Energy Accounting. Idealistically, this would be a gradual and smooth shift, implementing further features of the Technate along the way. However, EOS is aware that this will most likely not be such an easy process.