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How to form a new culture

Introduction

For decades, the concept and reality of mutually assured destruction could be said to have contributed to a less warlike world. Since the end of the Second World War, we have not had any more direct wars between Great Powers – not to a small part because the destructive potential defined by the existence of Weapons of Mass Destruction ensures that such conflicts only have losers, and that future generations born in the areas affected by mass destruction will still suffer from the destructive effects.

The knowledge base you create as a cross reference framework for dealing with your reality, does not solely determine your sight, but vision. For whatever you see, you will see it in contrast to your knowledge base, and if your knowledge base is not wide and deep enough, you will obviously miss a lot of points, and in so doing – loss a lot of time you could've saved. This is why a constantly expanding knowledge base is a strategic imperative no matter who you are or what you do, as it saves you a lot of time and grief by cutting the learning curve and quantifies your process towards any kind of goal or attainment. But to really quantify your process of accumulating knowledge and understanding in an optimal way, it is necessary to develop a strategy or method by which you constantly expand your perspectives, by simply deciding and planning what to focus on. Your time, attention and efforts are your primary assets, and how you deploy these in a strategic long term manner is of outmost importance when it comes to really creating a desirable future. 

Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:54

The Ideology of the Third Millennium

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Introduction

What is a civilization?

The textbook definition is that it is a complex society characterised by urban development, professional specialisation, symbolic communication forms and a separation between mankind and nature. That definition, however is inadequate to explain what a civilization really is, since it fails to account for how a civilization perpetuates itself and manages to glue itself together.

Friday, 03 February 2017 08:36

Relational Rights – a new foundation

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Why do we need a theory framework about Human Rights?

To achieve sustainability, we need to focus not only on the environment, but also on the well-being of our own species. We need to establish a framework from which we can establish foundational, universal norms.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:35

Globalism contra Nationalism

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~ Navigating the world of 21st century Politics

Introduction

In terms of western internal politics, the 2010’s has seen an increasing trend of anti-establishment movements, nationalists and populists from the right and the left attacking “the establishment”, turning from marginalised outsiders into third and second-tier parties – becoming serious contenders for power. Often, the established parties of the centre, whether left or right, tend to galvanise together against the outsiders. These new political actors were generally characterised not only by the different thoughts they brought in to their respective national discourses, but also by the overt hostility of established political power-brokers and by the media. Despite being generally maligned and closely scrutinised, these movements nevertheless have grown – though seemingly unable to breach the threshold of 50% necessary to make a decisive impact…

Saturday, 27 August 2016 16:03

Enlightened Collectivism

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Introduction

This article is primarily directed towards people who either have experience volunteering in local sustainability projects or people who take an interest in doing so in the future. The most usual result, when a mixed group of friends and strangers convene to discuss the ramifications for a practical project which will make an impact upon the real world, is failure.

Sunday, 13 March 2016 10:19

Jacque Fresco, a legacy of optimism

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Introduction

The first time I learnt about Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project was back in 2005, when the embryo of what would later become the EOS was originally born. The Venus Project back then did not have the notability it later would attain, and already back in 2006, the precursor to the EOS – the NET – arranged showings of William Gazecki’s documentary about Fresco, Future by Design, with the explicit permission from The Venus Project.

Social sustainability, the basics

The Earth Organization for Sustainability is formed around the aspiration for ecological, economic and social sustainability. These are not buzzwords deprived of meaning and context, but are aimed to delineate objectives which achieve concrete, tangible results in the sphere of reality. Our three criteria are defining, in the broadest possible manner of wording, how we intend to achieve global sustainability which covers these three areas.

Monday, 22 February 2016 21:39

The Venus report

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited out to the Venus Project by a friend of E.O.S. and author of Tech Trends, Mark Ciotola; living in florida I have always wanted to see the Venus project but circumstances never allowed me to visit plus the chance to meet Mark in person was really extraordinary so I of course accepted!   Since I was given the opportunity to invite someone along I went with my father on a clear and beautiful Saturday January 30,2016.  Of Course it’s winter in Florida which means the temperature was  22c ( 72­73f) and there was hardly a cloud in the sky, with a gentle breeze.   Yes, Florida weather is perfect this time of year and I don’t blame you for being jealous!  I am rubbing it in after all.

The Venus Project.

For those not readily familiar, the Venus Project is an organization dedicated to advancing the vision of Jacque Fresco[1], who is beyond doubt an incredible visionary of our times with a very long, and impressive resume. The vision of Venus is a better world, made so by applying disciplines of science and engineering to solve humanity's various problems from creating a sustainable world to solving and preventing crime. The Venus project, while not the first of it’s kind is among the most influential and well known of our time. It rose to media stardom among sustainability minded groups  with the Zeitgeist movement[2] circa 2011­2012.  More information about the venus project can be found at their official website with a number of official documentaries, all of which are worth watching. 

The State of the Venus project: 

As you are probably aware, the Venus project is now really quite old, Jaque himself clearly shows his age these days. One thing became readily apparent to me on the tour, the buildings were in various states of disrepair with only the core residency and the studio being  fully maintained, some buildings including the filming studio where in disuse and  now mostly for the sake of tours.  The various models are some ­of ­them broken but mostly sitting on shelves and tables  for photos. 

During the tour a segment where we where in the room of models, houses,planes and other things Jacque had imagined over the years ( including the famous city model.)  Went a little awry when a comment was made about sports.  A debate broke out about  rejecting people’s freedom to do things they enjoy.  The Stance Venus project replied with was “if you like sports you won’t want to live in this city.”  Further pressing the matter, not just about sports mind you but about people who do things which the founders of the Venus project do not approve, the answer was again the same.  This left me with a few,very distinct impressions.

  •  The vision Venus project has for society in it’s success scenario is overly 
  •  The Venus Project lacks definite plans to accomplish its goals.

For it’s over specificity, jacque & Roxanne believe they can engineer social dynamics to a very specific state, an ideal society they envision. This has a number of problems  most notably, I can think of no attempt ever made to design a specific social construct  that was successful; despite a great many examples in history of the attempt.  Despite these criticisms, there was a lot I took away from the experience.  it was enlightening to better see Jacque’s theories on efficiency and supply chain, even as they are are not defined to my liking either in literature or in presentation. 

[1] https://www.thevenusproject.com/

[2] http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

In Summary,  The Venus project is an enduring inspiration, its art is inspiring, Jacque’s lectures are enlightening, and the idea of what Venus strived for has no doubt motivated  many people across the world to think in terms of the world as it could be.  Though they lack a solid execution plan and though they have voiced some troubling ideas about social engineering.  The Venus project earns its place as a cultural icon for sustainable thinkers.

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