Zeitgeist SA South Australian Zeitgeist Movement Chapter

21May/11Off

Transition Ideas Team

This is a quick announcement of the creation of the Transition Ideas Team (TIT) a new ZM team that Scott Wrampler and Michael Kubler are currently helping kick start.

For those who are interested here's a recent Blog Talk Radio show regarding the team which talks about the organisational structure and some of the initial teams. It's only 30mins long.

Listen to internet radio with IZM Radio on Blog Talk Radio

The team will be split into 3 main groups :

  1. Admin
  2. Transition Proposals
  3. Proposal Analysts

The Admin staff will be a small group who run the website, organise the tools and help co-ordinate the other two groups.

The Transition Proposals group will be a collection of people who, working alone or together, come up with various transition models then propose them.

The Proposal Analysts are those who are knowledgeable within their field and as a group can analyse the proposal and undertake useful critical analysis and highlight potential issues and also make suggestions or reccomendations.

 

The process of submitting, analysing and refining a proposal will itself need to be developed and refined over time. One of the hardest parts of the process will be removing human bias, especially those which are predictable. An example may be that proposals are to be made anonymous before being presented to the proposal analysts. Once the analysts have provided feedback and the proposal refined the proposal can then be presented on the website for further analysis and discussions with the wider public.

It's possible that the team may itself change from being about transition ideas, to be a Transition Implementation team (or more likely, a group of teams).

If you have any transition ideas or suggestions then feel free to comment or email transition@zeitgeist-info.com

Thank you

20Apr/11Off

Governance Structures – Decentralised or Constellation model

As Zeitgeist Movement chapters around the world are increasing in size there are a number of them growing beyond the size that a single co-ordinator can handle. On top of this, the Venus Project is feeling like it has lost control. As this happens there becomes questions about information flow, decision making, and how to prevent the bickering and in-fighting which will prevent humanity from taking the correct path and is far more likely that civilisation will spiral out of control, instead of finding itself at the veritable oasis that is the Resource Based Economy.

What is needed now is a defined governance structure which allows everyone to have a say, but with weighting given to those who have a greater understanding. The two main models are the Constellation model, and the decentralised Starfish model.

The Constellation Model of Collaborative Social Change

 

"The Constellation model is a governance framework for multi-organisational collaboration. It is a way of organising a group of interested parties to meet a need without having to create a new organisation to 'hold' the issue.

It is a tool to help us recognise and become conscious designers in a complex ecosystem of organisational collaboration. This constellation model emerged out of a need to support a tight partnership of 11 organisations – the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment. It has been emerging and serving since 2001 and is in constant flux as we iteratively adapt the structure to serve our vision and to expand our reach and more effectively engage our ecosystem." -- http://www.socialinnovationexchange.org/node/169

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In mid 2010 I attended a Social Innovator Dialogues talk by Tonya Surman about the Constellation model of collaborative social change.

The concept is a hybrid centralised/decentralised approach to helping and handling bundles of self-organising teams based around a common 'magnetic attractor'.

In this case that magnetic attractor would be a better future for all humanity and the vision statement is the Resource Based Economy.

Using this model the Venus Project, Zeitgeist Movement, Resource Based Economy Foundation, Free world charter, Tromsite, Humanity test.org and other such groups would form different constellations. With representatives from each being a part of the 'Stewardship Group'. [Refer to the the framework diagram below]

Each group could focus on what they do best. For example The Venus Project can work on the technical/engineering answers. The Zeitgeist Movement is good at spreading the word and helping change peoples mindset, the RBEF has a more resource gathering focus, and Tromsite is a great educational resource.

I like to think of the framework as an expandable net around the group. If the casing is made of steel then whilst it is hard to break, it can't expand and adjust very easily. In this example the steel box would be a large corporation with all its policies, procedures and legalities.

On the other spectrum, completely unmanaged groups have nothing to tie them together so they fly off in various directions very easily and can't push humanity towards the magnetic attractor (the RBE). It is hard to keep such groups focused. Think of it like this, Boiling water will turn into steam, but without being directed and focused it won't be able to turn the turbines that create electricity.

The Constellation model allows the right level of rigidity and flexibility for the current stage of RBE transition. It allows all the groups to work synergistically. To work together collaboratively and co-operatively, just as everyone is advocating the rest of humanity do.

For those that need more convincing that everyone can't go it alone, realise that it is hard to gather the resources required. 100 groups individually trying to raise enough time, money, members and physical resources to implement a transition will mean that none of them will properly succeed, but 100 groups working together certainly can. We need a certain threshold of resources before we can really start. Something far easier if there is 1 main group which is gathering the resources for 100 chapters/sub-groups. An example is that a government or corporation can donate time, money and resources to a registered non-profit, but can't easily contribute to 20 groups of ad-hoc members who meet every couple of weeks. On the flip side, the 20 ad-hoc groups can get a lot of work done, especially when they are action focused teams.

 

[Diagram] The Constellation Model Framework

Constellation Model Framework

For more information, and an explanation of what the wacky diagram means, check out the PDF.

I personally think ZM is already using something very close to this setup with its chapter structure, so it is not a very big leap. We are really just expanding who we regard as friends.

The other 'non-pyramid' based governance model's I've come across are the Starfish (vs the Spider) model explained below, and also the Geodesic dome principal that World Mind posted a lot about.

Moving forward we should aim to use the most effective governance model for the situation. The Constellation model could be perfect for the moment, but later on we will likely transition to a more Starfish, decentralised basis, and maybe after the transition we can use the Geodisic Structure. Note also that different constellations will likely have different structures internally. Some projects may themselves use a constellation model.

Please, do read the PDF and discuss.

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The Starfish : Decentralised Governance

Summary

One thing that business, institutions, governments and key individuals will have to realise is that spiders and starfish may look alike, but starfish have a miraculous quality to them. Cut off the leg of a spider, and you have a seven-legged creature on your hands; cut off its head and you have a dead spider. But cut off the arm of a starfish and it will grow a new arm. Not only that, but the severed arm can grow into an entirely new body. Starfish can achieve this feat because, unlike spiders, they are decentralized; every major organ is replicated across each arm.

But starfish don't just exist in the animal kingdom. Starfish organizations are taking society and the business world by storm, and are changing the rules of strategy and competition. Like starfish in the sea, starfish organizations are organized on very different principles than we are used to seeing in traditional organizations. Spider organizations are centralized and have clear organs and structure. You know who is in charge. You see them coming.

Starfish organizations, on the other hand, are based on completely different principles. They tend to organize around a shared ideology or a simple platform for communication- around ideologies like al Qaeda or Alcoholics Anonymous. They arise rapidly around the simplest ideas or platforms. Ideas or platforms that can be easily duplicated. Once they arrive they can be massively disruptive and are here to stay, for good or bad. And the Internet can help them flourish.

So in today's world starfish are starting to gain the upper hand.

How did tiny Napster cripple the global music industry? Why is free, community based Wikipedia crushing Encyclopaedia Britannica almost overnight? Why is tiny Craigslist crippling the global newspaper industry? Why is Al Qaeda flourishing and even growing stronger? In today's world to answer this it is essential to understand the potential strength of a starfish organization.

The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom, explores the phenomenal and unstoppable new power of the starfish organizations and will change the way you look at the world.

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17Apr/11Off

PJ Steps down

In somewhat unfortunate news, Peter Joseph, the creator of the Zeitgeist film trilogy and The Zeitgeist Movement is stepping down as the public figurehead of The Zeitgeist Movement.

He announced this in response to a post on the International Forum (3rd post on the 2nd page). The in which Jacque Fresco (most say misguidedly) condemns Peter Joseph and says that The Zeitgeist Movement doesn't know anything and have no plan.

Update : There's been an interview with Roxanne Meadows regarding The Venus Projects perspective

Video of Jacque which triggered the stepdown

PJ's post :

So, in consideration of this, with respect to Jacque - I will no longer be actively publicly representing TZM or TVP.
I could address his hasty statements directly, but I am not going to do that to myself as it's simply sad.

This falls on the heels of a level of personal exhaustion and general life frustration which requires personal time anyway.

I will continue to orient a radio show rotation of new speakers, content and help with event days and the many other project based issues in the background... I will also continue to personally finance the global movement's work...but I want everyone to know that I am removing myself as a forefront spokesman... a figure I never wanted to be, in fact. A position which has neg affected my personal and mental health a great deal, to be frank.

So, this is good grounds to see how many out there can lift themselves to high levels of communication. I have also informed TVP that all major press will be turned over to them so they can make sure "their" message is "accurate"... as apparently mine isn't.

At the end of the day, let it be known that I don't care about TZM or TVP or "Jacque Fresco" or "Peter Joseph" as entities to be perpetuated.

I care about a new, working social system only and I will not stop with that pursuit in the long run.
~peter

Michael's Perspective

Personally I feel that Jacque's comments regarding Peter Joseph and The Zeitgeist Movement are incorrect. PJ has always indicated that the RBE concept was created by Jacque. Yes, he took a less direct approach in explaining the RBE concept in his latest work, Zeitgeist Moving Forward. But that was so the information could reach a wider audience with it's more subtle approach.

It was Peter Joseph's film Zeitgeist Addendum which initially got myself and a large number of people interested in The Venus Project and the Resource Based Economy concept, and lead to myself creating a local chapter and this very website. Whilst I'd previously looked at The Venus Project's website, without a proper introduction to it, I very quickly jumped onto something else, however with the explanation of how bad the current economic system is and the explanation of the RBE, I became very interested and have spent the last 2.5+ years investigating and learning pretty much everything ZM related and more.

I've listened to the 50+ hours of Blogtalk radio, watched the many many hours of online video, read the books, listened to audio-books, and more. I've met Jaqcue and Roxanne in person and have done lots of research into various areas I had questions about, such as human behaviour, and intrinsic motivation. The Zeitgeist Movement has helped open up my eyes to whole new ways of learning about and understanding reality. However, having listened to such vast quantities of Jacques talks, after a while you hear him repeat himself and no longer learn any new concepts or important points. You understand the concepts and can explain them to people from a variety of perspectives and in a number of different methods. More importantly, when combined with newer research, such as the amazing content coming out of TED talks plus the latest in science, the concepts which Jacque is advocating will be implemented in a different way than his proposals. We are the ones who will updated the designs and plans and actually action them. Jacque put together a number of different ideas to create a new economic paradigm which has such potential that just the hope it generates is amazingly motivating, but it wasn't until Peter Joseph that the words of Jacque could be put in a way that the existing community could understand. PJ has done a great job, but when trying to access the next segment of society, it will likely require other communication figureheads to explain the ideas in different ways.

I will remark that it seems like the Zeitgeist Movement has reached a milestone point. Peter is stepping down as the figurehead of TZM at the same time I happen to be stepping down as the primary co-ordinator for the South Australian ZM chapter. Both of us have created a community which is self sustaining and growing. Whilst we will still be involved in the movement, it will be in different ways than before.

For those that know about the growth of a standard company, it usually goes through 4 main steps. In the startup phase, the leader is doer/Decision Maker, in the Initial Growth phase the leader is the Delegator/Direction Setter, in the Rapid Growth phase the leader is the Team Builder, Coach, Planner and Communicator, then in the Continuous Growth phase they are the Strategic Innovator, Change Catalyst, Organisation Builder and Chief of Culture.

Now, the Zeitgeist Movement is not a standard company, it is based much more on the starfish decentralised model of governance, plus some of the constellation model. However the main point I'm trying to get across is that the movement is changing, evolving, growing and adapting. We are becoming more decentralised and there is also a growing body of people suggesting that the conspiracy theory taint of the movement will adversely affect it's ability to grow to the required levels.

Admittedly branding and advertising has a noticeable effect. As an example, in blind taste tests of Pepsi versus Coke-Cola, most people will prefer Pepsi, however if you are drinking out of the actual cans and not generic, unlabeled cups (so know you are drinking Coke), then because of the branding, people will rate Coke-Cola higher. This effect is stronger than just that, with people taking a placebo which is said to increase cognitive ability (e.g doing puzzle problems).

RBE Transition Future

There's a few likely options for the future of the RBE transition :

  • The Zeitgeist Movement stays the same
  • The Zeitgeist Movement rebrands itself
  • Another organisation becomes the spearhead for the next part of the transition
  • A group of organisations appear and focus on different areas.
  • A hybrid of the above options

PJ and The Zeitgeist Movement has done a lot of work to try and shake the conspiracy theory basis from which it's initial seeds were formed and some people now being introduced to the movement complain about the highly technical language used. Having seen a number of organisations with similar tenants to the ZM and Venus Project which are promoting either a RBE directly, or something every similar, it's likely that there will be a hybrid of the future options.

The ZM will undergo a bit of a rebranding, but will likely focus mainly on spreading information and changing peoples mindset, but there will also be a number of groups which are branded and focused in different ways.

Some similar groups I know about are :

  • http://rbefoundation.com/ -- The Resource Based Economy Foundation : The first real direct offshoot from the ZM. Has a more resource gathering approach
  • http://www.tromsite.com/ -- The Reality of Me : A collection of various videos which together make 12 hours worth of documentaries which are based around the Venus Project and RBE. Uses a lot of ZM content.
  • http://www.freeworldcharter.org/ -- A recent addition which has a bit more of a political focus
  • http://humanitytest.org/ -- Humanity Test. Somewhat similar to the Free world charter, but doesn't seem to be directly based on the Venus Project ideas.

As you can see and guess, some groups will be more political, others with a focus on small test villages, or advanced science research, others on gathering the resources required to make a research city , and others may be about explaining the concepts but in ways that are more appropriate to their select target audience.

An example is that I recently received a call from someone who watched Zeitgeist Addendum at Zday last year (2010) and whilst the main points interested them, they were put off by the evolutionary instead of creationist point of view. Being a fundamentalist Christian they naturally had issues with the way the movie portrayed the core concepts. Whilst I had to bite my lip in order to not get into a religious debate (my stance is that people should have understanding instead of beliefs). The transition to a RBE is not religious nor political, it is about changing our definition of success, it is about changing our defaults, it is about changing how we value the world.

Note : When I talk about the RBE transition, I understand that the end result will not be exactly how The Venus Project envisages, it's likely to be a lot more varied.

 

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19Mar/11Off

Proposed Transition Steps to a Resource Based Economy.

By Mark Rogers, South Australia, Australia

Brief Overview

A Resource Based Economies (RBE) main goal is to use the resources of the planet, in sustainable ways, to raise the standard of living for all humanity, to help restore the biosphere to one that sustains not just the human population, but the remaining flora and fauna for generations to come.

Let’s look at some core challenges facing humanity today :

  • 'Shortages' and Equitable Distribution of Food.
  • Shortages and Equitable Distribution of Fresh Water.
  • Shortages and Equitable Distribution of Energy (Electrical/Oil).
  • Oil Production now constant, with rising demand, driving prices up and stalling national and world economies.
  • Rising Unemployment due to Automation reducing people spending ability and ultimately their ability to survive.
  • The Decline of the Global Monetary System: As Debt Mechanisms and Consumer Cycles destabilise, sometimes in dramatic ways with unforeseen results.
  • Development and Failure to Roll Out of Third Generation Renewable Technologies to minimise our reliance on oil/coal for energy.
  • Equitable Distribution of Safe and Healthy environments of second and third world states.
  • Corporate 'Ownership' of Genetic 'patents' & GM Foods that benefit only the corporation.
  • The Increasing Extermination Rate of global flora and fauna.
  • Green House Gases accelerating Global Warming.
  • The increasing amount of waste produced as a by-product of the Monetary System.
  • The destruction of the Biosphere, which humanity needs to survive.
  • Increased Population and population growth exasperating all of the above.
  • Increased wars and confrontations to forcefully take what is needed to survive.
  • The lack of political willpower, backed with long term vision and resources, to tackle all of the above.

One way or another we are all approaching a time of dramatic change. If we are to have any chance of surviving we need to examine what is failing us today and investigate what solutions we may have, even though if at first glance appear to be radical ideas. With this in mind I propose that a realistic look, research and evaluation of the RBE is highly advised as a way of tackling all  of the above, not just for survival, but elevation of the whole human race and the world we inhabit.

Info can be found here : http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com
and at: http://www.thevenusproject.com

Ok, so now you have watched tens of hours of video, a couple hundred pages of text and hopefully come to a few Zeitgeist movement meetings in your local area. That puts us at a similar level of understanding.

At this stage often one of the first questions is "what can I do to help?"

Well the most important thing we can do at this stage is raise awareness of a RBE, The Zeitgeist Movement, and The Venus Project. So simply talking to friends, family, acquaintances definitely helps. Even showing them Zeitgeist Moving Forward etc. should be even more informative to those interested.

Remember 15 years ago - had you heard of Global Warming? Nope, very few had, but because people from all walks of life started to talk about it, had it appear on News, Radio Interviews etc. raised awareness until today where it is one of the top 10 public and personal topics around the world. Raising awareness of the RBE option will help everyone as the idea cross-pollinates around the world just as the systems listed above start ringing alarm bells nationally and globally.

So then what?

We do appear to have a dichotomy, how do we get to a lovely new sustainable city environment from the chaos we live in today, and do it while trying to overcome the challenges above?

It is naturally a HUGE undertaking, and some may sit back and say it’s not possible or worth it (Though I wonder what messed up world they will be living in when even just a few of the above scenarios play out).

I for one believe it is entirely possible and achievable within the required time frames. We have the resources, the technology, and I believe the willpower once enough people decide that a RBE is the way forward.

Some people may say "It can’t be achieved, it’s all utopian ideals!"

I am a conservative pragmatist that isn't scared to think outside of the square for solutions. To people that say the above I will point out two examples of why I believe they need to expand their frames of reference :

1) America and World War 2.

I believe we can learn from anything, and WW2 taught us that one nation, America, dramatically realigned its entire production industries to produce massive amounts of military equipment. Not just realigned but expanded upon it, producing items faster, larger and more extreme than ever before. New  technologies were bought into play and people pulled together for a common goal. Money wasn't a core factor in what was achieved, it was more the survival instinct of 'do it or perish'. If one country can do it 60 years ago,
Why not ALL countries today?

2) Utopia - an ideal that is a matter of perspective

Let me expand on this. Utopia is our current view of an ideal existence sometime in an unreachable future. To point out a Venus Project City as a 'Utopia' is an easy way of dismissing it. However I would point out that anyone making this comparison is doing themselves, and others, a great disservice.

For a moment pretend I have a time machine and go back just 100 years, and grab someone and show them the civilization we live in today. I am sure they would not only be amazed, many things possibly appearing to be science fiction to them, and some magical. Then I take them back to their time. Imagine how that person would describe what they experience. In all likely-hood those listening would assume that we today live in a utopia! (And I won’t even get into what would be said about the experiences of bringing someone from the middle ages here lol)

The only real difference between the two time periods is the amount of technology and energy that humanity today has at its disposal. A citizen today may not know how a car, or TV, or mobile phone works. They may not know how buildings are constructed, or the massive systems that look after energy, water, waste etc. - but we all use and benefit from that progress every minute of every day. This is our current day Utopia. A Utopia based on technical advancement and the energy to power it all.

So what am I saying? Simply this, that any city created, will be better than any city in existence today, however it will not be perfect. Technology, systems, design etc. will improve with each new city, just as it is today, none 'Utopian', but with every step taken we approach that utopian ideal. (Whatever that actually is)

OK, so we have the "how do we get there from here" problem.

What does The Venus Project have to say about the transition?

From my understanding it is something like this:

  • Once the movement reaches enough active members, and by using the variety of
    resources and money at their disposal, then creates a "Research City". Here
    engineers, scientists, etc. Design what will become the first city, Version 1.0
    if you like.
  • The first few cities based on this design will be produced, taking into
    account local conditions and resources. These will be placed in various parts
    of the world as showcase cities. Once again these will be created from the
    resources and money provided by RBE supporters, whether they be private,
    governmental and/or corporate.

The two above points will require huge efforts to get off the ground.

For one, let us look at the research city, who is going to put their personal time and effort into it? For that matter why am I writing this, or working in the Solar Industry? It has everything to do with Intrinsic Motivation : Doing what makes you feel good and if it helps society then everyone wins. I want what is best for me, and if that helps others then that’s great too! :)

So we are going to need technicians from many fields, where are we going to find them? Well it all comes back to 'spreading the word'. The larger the movement then the larger the talent pool we can draw on. I know Computers, and Solar Power Systems, your neighbour maybe a Doctor, your sister could be Mechanic, your friend a personal trainer. Individually we can’t do much, but as a group we can achieve great things.

Remember that often a dedicated group of individuals can often create change for the better, and society today can do even greater things when we act as one - the last time we really did this was when fixing the hole in the Ozone layer, and we fixed it! I firmly believe that todays civilisation can make the war time transformation of the American Production system seem like organising
a party for 100 guests. We are after all fighting for not just for survival, but the uplifting of all humanity. It’s not a task we can afford to mess up.

So how can we transition past just a city or two?

I must admit I like the word 'Transition', it implies progression from one point to another. It is not a black and white term. I often find black and white terminology (absolutes) counter-productive when discussing progression.
For example at the moment there is antagonism towards the oil industry, sure their products pollute with our current usage of them but without discoveries of oil progress over the last 100 years may not have occurred. So let’s look briefly at energy progression, one of the cornerstones of modern civilisation.

We have gone from burning wood, too burning coal, to oil, to natural gas, Nuclear and most recently renewables. Have a good look at that list, I bet you know of several instances of almost all of those forms of energy being used by yourself, or people you know. One hasn't replaced the other, but we have progressed up the technology chain as newer and more abundant forms of energy have become available to us. All have their place and application in some form in todays technical society.

So in a transition let’s look at some of the core things that have to be focused on :

  • Access to Material Resources
  • Access to water, fresh or otherwise
  • Access to Energy - preferably in renewable form.
  • Access to Food.
  • The ability to create long lasting and energy efficient buildings using large scale automation and solid building design.
  • The ability to create efficient and flexible city transport systems.
  • Access to other technologies from the Old World until they can be reproduced within the RBE.
  • Access to Money to enable trade with the Old World up until the point of the Monetary System Collapse or until the RBE is fully sustainable.
  • Global Communication and Problem solving Information Storage, Sharing and Technological Enhancement over time (No
  • Patents)
  • The application of the scientific method to quantify actions as we move forward.

So below I am going to present some ideas of how some of the above may be achieved. Please keep in mind that these are ideas that I am proposing that can be used in moving forward and transitioning toward a RBE. I am one voice, these ideas do not necessarily represent anything official, they are just ideas, however if these ideas help in moving us forward then let them live and thrive as we do what needs to be done to move this world forward.

So let’s look at some transition ideas :

 

1. Turning the Worlds Junk into the Future

Being one to walk the talk we should focus our first cities initially on
resource recovery and re-tasking. In essence turning the worlds junk into the
future - mining waste for humanities future.

The core aspects of this idea are:

  • There are huge amounts of resources in trash, from organics to precious metals, we can transform these into initially basic resource blocks (Fuel from waste, base Metals, Organic Nutrients, Building Wastes to new construction materials etc.) until we can later process them into 'high value' products
  • This means running our own waste collection, storage and processing facilities (downwind of the city and forested with high environmental, health and safety standards.)
  • What can’t be used within the RBE is sold back to the Old World at 10% under the going market rates.
  • Waste is Cheap - the Old World will pay the RBE to take it away!
  • We could provide trash removal and processing services to Old World cities
  • We could provide building demolishing services to Old World cities.
  • Money received would be used to buy resources that are not currently produced within the RBE.
  • Fuel from waste could be used to power RBE trucks that pick up the trash.
  • We could sell fuel from waste to those delivering 'trash' items to the RBE cities at a 30% discount to current prices.
  • Organic Nutrients to be used to power the hydroponic systems and nourish the city grounds.
  • Stockpile precious resources like platinum, gold, etc. until they can be used within RBE production (gold for computer chips etc.)
  • Surplus food production to either be sold at a 10% discount to the Old World price, or distributed to those in need around the world
  • The whole system to be powered by renewable forms of energy
  • Note: It’s imperative for people to understand that until everything can be produced within a RBE that those items/resources will need to be purchased from the Old World.

2. Voluntary Donations

This could take a variety of forms, some of which could be:

  • Yearly membership to the RBE - or local chapters of the RBE
  • Contributing a dollar amount per week/month
  • For those actually leaving the Old World to live in a RBE city I would expect a donation of their old house etc. to the RBE. The house/land would either be sold or used respectively.
  • Monies from sales would go toward purchasing resources and/or equipment not yet available within the RBE. Land that is not sold would be used as new "wild" areas, or possibly as areas for a new city.
  • If the monetary system collapses then sale may not be an option, however demolishing a house and using its resources for the new cities, and letting the land go back to nature, would also work.
  • Donations of all forms of resources are naturally non- monetary and just as important
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    3. That Horrible "M" word, Money

    Remember several paragraphs above I talked about how we transitioned through several forms of energy production and usage? Well the same can be said for money, as a system it has changed over the years to become the dinosaur it is.
    I won’t go into why as a system it is becoming increasing fragile and will fail us into the future as the consumer and debt cycles collapse. What we do have to acknowledge is that as a form of trade we need to use it as a means of exchange between the Old World and the RBE until it reaches a point that money itself becomes worthless.

    So the Money aspect is only short term until the monetary system collapse.
    How would it be used?

  • Sales/Purchases between the RBE and the Old World.
  • Which would imply bank accounts, which raise the question which bank?
  • If time and red tape allows I would suggest that the RBE sets up its own bank - this will allow freedom, and we can use the 'monetary value' of the cities to purchase Old World resources at interest rates of say 0.01% - so negligible and legal.
  • This may also allow smoother transactions between the RBE and the Old World
  • Money Borrowed from the RBE Bank can be used for the creation of cities in third and second world nations, as well as the acquisition of needed automation and production systems so that into the future very little will need to be purchased from the Old World.
  • Remember that using standard monetary banking policy a RBE bank would be able to fund at least 7 cities on the capital of just one city. (Yes banks produce money from nothing)
  • Note I propose that for every city built in a first world country that an equivalent city is created in a second/third world state.
  • 4) It’s the Energy Stupid!

    One of the pillars of todays civilisation is the abundant energy from oil. This has powered us strongly over the last 100 years. So why not continue to use it?

    Let’s look at oil closer :

  • Oil is a finite resource.
  • Oil is much more useful and has a higher monetary value to oil companies when used to create things like pharmaceuticals, plastics, rubbers, food wrap, lubricants .... this list is almost endless, that's how pervasive oil is in our civilisation.
  • When burnt has huge environmental impacts that could still see the planet go through a massive change via the greenhouse effect.
  • Knowing the above why do we insist on burning this precious resource for energy and transport?
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    I touched earlier on how we have progressed through different levels and types of energy usage. We are now on the cusp of a new, renewable, and amazingly abundant energy revolution. If you haven't guessed I am talking about Solar, Wind, Wave, Tidal, Geothermal, and other unrealised technologies.

    So before you think I have gone nuts let’s look at some facts about renewable energy :

    • If you put wind turbines in all the windy places in the USA they can provide EVERY USA energy need several times over.
    • The amount of Sunlight that falls on the earth in a single daylight hour is enough to power the WORLD for a whole YEAR!
    • The still in development wave power generators promise to be able to supply at least 5% of less sunny climate locations like Britain.
    • Peer review documents released by Beyond Zero Emissions ( http://www.beyondzeroemissions.org ) shows that a country like Australia can be fully powered by available and proven renewable technologies within 10 years at a cost of around 3% of GDP over a 10 year period.
    • There now exists three different types of solar power plants that can provide electrical power 24 hours a day - yes even at night!
    • Renewables can and should take their rightful place at the top of the energy ladder, but why aren't they?

    What are the roadblocks to renewable energy? Let’s see:

    • Growing but still small public awareness as to how powerful renewables can be.
    • Lack of long term government and industry planning and support.
    • Money, oodles of it, to push the progression forward.
    • Shaky national, worldwide and corporate economies that have either slowed or stopped roll outs of the newer technologies.
    • Old World Multinational Corporations influencing government and the public alike to maintain the status quo so they can make as much money as possible with at best lip service regarding the results of their actions.
    • Under the above conditions large scale roll outs of the technologies that can save the planet will not occur fast enough.

    So in a nut shell, the roll out of RBE renewable powered cities, where money is a reducing factor over time, is pretty much the only way forward that I can see. Without energy we perish. With energy we can turn salt water to fresh, transport anything anywhere, run automated factories to produce what is required, help to grow as much food as is required, and dare I say it - have a bit of fun! Imagine going to the other side of the world on a supersonic train to visit friends, cousins whoever - this is what unlimited energy can do, it’s what oil has done for us, now we need to let renewables take the batten and run hard!

    5.  RBE as the Ultimate Renewable Participatory 'Corporation/collaboration'

    The global and viral idea of a RBE means that peoples in states all over the world will want to create cities. Even if just one city of 50,000 people is created in each state of the world would mean that the movement has tangible global presence, and 'buying power'. By default that also means that it starts to mimic some attributes of a corporation. Let’s look into this a bit closer. What aspects are similar and how can they help push the RBE forward?

  • Global Reach and Global Presence. This is fairly self explanatory, once there is even one 50,000 person city per state it means that the RBE would have around ten million "employees/members" which would make it one of the largest "corporations/collaborations" as far as people participating in it.
  • With,or without a RBE Bank, the RBE becomes a powerful entity, its ability to produce goods, or even if used for just waste removal, would make it more powerful than many of the smaller nations on earth. Lucky for the RBE all the nations peoples would be involved in rolling out RBE environments. It’s hard to needlessly fear something that's helping your country and peoples.
  • Due to the global spread, diversity of talent, and intrinsic motivation within the first cities the RBE will see rapid development of new technologies and processes, which could have the RBE outpacing the world as a whole over time - further improving standards of living and reducing global environmental impact.
  • All of the above means that over time, as the monetary system reels from one crisis to another, that the RBE can purchase the means of production from
  • both a mechanisation and a pure resource perspective. So over time the RBE may buy out companies / equipment / technologies etc. required to fill gaps in the
  • RBE system. For example this might include buying out small mines/mining companies, or manufacturing plants (or robots within them) etc. As the
  • monetary system collapses, and energy, water, food becomes expensive this will become easier and cheaper for a self sufficient RBE to do.
  • In effect the RBE becomes the Ultimate Renewable Participatory Corporation that is based and runs on environmentally sustainable systems. While Old World cities, businesses and Corporations that profess the same go into decline and collapse.
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    If you have gotten to this part of my little ideas paper then pat yourself on the back!

    I don't profess to hold any answers, and I am sure what I have said above will lead to much discussion, I hope none heated, I don't want anyone dying for beliefs, I am just sharing some ideas and ideas are easier to change than beliefs. I am sharing these for the potential good of all on the globe, and for the globe herself.

    So think about what has been shared, you may have better ideas - even better!

    I think it is time for humanity to wake up, stop waiting for governments, messiahs, corporations etc. to get us out of the situations we are heading towards, its up to each of us, every single one of us, together we can move mountains - we have collectively changed the world for the worse, its now up to us to put things right, for ourselves, our family, our neighbours whether they me next door or on the other side of the planet and the generations to follow us. It is time to spread the word, to empower yourselves, to make things happen.

     

    The Time is Now.

     

    Creating a better future for all.
    Mark Rogers