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The concept of a “resource-based economy” was developed by architect and futurist, Jacque Fresco (The Venus Project). It describes a socio-economic system in which all resources of the planet are equitably distributed, available to all without the use of money, barter or debt. Highly advanced technology is used to create abundance, and minimise human labour. This alternative system is constantly optimised by critical evaluation of the principles and methods using the scientific method. 

In an RBE community the total population would have their basic needs of food, water, shelter and security fulfilled. The living environment is designed to allow the free development of higher level needs such as community interaction and self-improvement. No longer would people have to perform menial tasks of servitude simply to earn money to feed their family, but would be free to improve themselves and participate in society in their area of competence. Rather than a society focused on acquiring wealth and power, the health, happiness and positive development of individuals, the community and the environment is the measure of success in an RBE community.

Such an environment of abundance and human wellbeing seems a Utopian notion, and has been criticised for being impossible, some believe greed and violence are human nature and cannot be changed. However, it is clear from many studies (see Links below) that we are products of our environment; we are not born feeling hatred, jealousy, racism, or a desire for wealth. We acquire our values, prejudices and perceptions of what is “normal” during our life from our interactions with our family and society. Although there are many different opinions about what a future RBE community should look like, it makes sense to try to design an environment that provides true freedom for all and nurtures human development and ingenuity.

The scientific method

The scientific method is a critical tool for developing technology and society, and is increasingly applied to various fields that are not necessarily scientific. Unlike religion, politics, or traditional economic theory, the scientific method is not defined by any dogma, tradition, or egocentric reasoning. In science, hypotheses needs to be tested, reproduced, and critically analysed within the framework of the current knowledge, before being accepted and widely used. The most valuable concept of the scientific method is that of constant upgrade, that is, as every field of science develops, we accumulate more and more knowledge and “facts” of today may be proven inaccurate in the future. For example, our previous belief that the Earth was flat, was simply a limit in our knowledge, and was disproven by evidence to the contrary. This valuable tool can also be applied to the development of society. Focusing on evaluation by critical analysis of data (that which can be measured) eliminates decisions being made for reasons of ego, tradition, or greed, and prevents the continuation of negative practises for similarly poor reasons. 

Technology

With respect to poverty, the gap between rich and poor, access to education, health care, clean food and water, and technology, life expectancy, population growth, violence in society, and many other metrics, our standards of living all over the world have greatly improved over the last century. This is not a direct result of the economy or monetary system, but the rapid development of technology.

Technology is the key for providing abundance and wellbeing in an RBE. Most of the computational and automation systems are already available today, or we can predict quite accurately what will be available at a point in the future. Automation of manufacturing, industry and distribution will eliminate the need of much menial, repetitive human labour and manage resources in an efficient and equitable way. Smart, integrated systems could facilitate energy-efficient cities and housing, benefiting both the residents and the wider ecosystem on which we all depend for survival.

Social interactions and personal development

The aim of an RBE society is to promote and support positive development of every individual (and the society as a whole), with collaboration rather than competition. The human mind is an extraordinary tool, and it is sad fact that most of the population never have the opportunity to fully develop their potential. In the current system we are slaves to the monetary system and the majority work doing mindless, repetitive, and unfulfilling tasks simply to survive. By being self-sufficient and released from the monetary system, people are free to follow their passions and develop themselves in any productive area that they choose. Using the tool of the scientific method, we can focus on evaluating ourselves and our community to ensure we are growing in a healthy way together, and constantly improving.

A very important concept for achieving a new and improved society is that of “consciousness”, simply, developing awareness of ourselves, and how our behaviours and interactions affect ourselves, our community, the environment/ecosystem and the wider “family” on our planet. The current system benefits from producing people with a low level of consciousness, who will perpetuate the system by following the rules of the game without challenging it. For this reason, we have to realise that our education systems, media, politics and governments are all formulated to achieve this.

Fortunately, technology like the internet gives us access to self-improvement via online education, multiple sources of information, and most importantly connection and the ability to communicate to people all over the world. As a result, there has been an explosion in the number of people proposing, discussing and implementing new ways of living. The Kadagaya project is one such group of people, evaluating our vision of an RBE community.

Suggested links

·         97% owned: where our money comes from (Youtube)

·         Mind over money: the psychology of money (Youtube)

·         Peter Diamandis: The best way to predict the future (Youtube)

·         The Venus Project: Paradise or Oblivion (Youtube)

·         The Venus Project: The Choice is Ours (Youtube)

·         Basic Income for Everyone (Youtube)

·         The Zeitgeist Movement movies

·         TROM Documentary: 13 hours of videos discussing problems of the present and solutions for the future

·         Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions, TED talk (Youtube)

·         Jacque Fresco: Investigating behaviour (Youtube)