Zeitgeist Movement Introduction



Founded in 2008, The Zeitgeist Movement is a Sustainability Advocacy Organization which conducts community based activism and awareness actions through a network of Global/Regional Chapters, Project Teams, Annual Events, Media and Charity Work.

The Movement's principle focus includes the recognition that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species at this time are not the sole result of some institutional corruption, scarcity, a political policy, a flaw of "human nature" or other commonly held assumptions of causality.

Rather, The Movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure. While intermediate Reform steps and temporal Community Support are of interest to The Movement, the defining goal here is the installation of a new socioeconomic model based upon technically responsible Resource Management, Allocation and Distribution through what would be considered The Scientific Method of reasoning problems and finding optimized solutions.

This "Resource-Based Economic Model" is about taking a direct technical approach to social management as opposed to a Monetary or even Political one. It is about updating the workings of society to the most advanced and proven methods Science has to offer, leaving behind the damaging consequences and limiting inhibitions which are generated by our current system of monetary exchange, profits, corporations and other structural and motivational components.

The Movement is loyal to a train of thought, not figures or institutions. In other words, the view held is that through the use of socially targeted research and tested understandings in Science and Technology, we are now able to logically arrive at societal applications which could be profoundly more effective in meeting the needs of the human population. In fact, so much so, that there is little reason to assume war, poverty, most crimes and many other money-based scarcity effects common in our current model cannot be resolved over time.

The range of The Movement's Activism & Awareness Campaigns extend from short to long term, with the model based explicitly on Non-Violent methods of communication. The long term view, which is the transition into a Resource-Based Economic Model, is a constant pursuit and expression, as stated before. However, in the path to get there, The Movement also recognizes the need for transitional Reform techniques, along with direct Community Support.

For instance, while "Monetary Reform" itself is not an end solution proposed by The Movement, the merit of such legislative approaches are still considered valid in the context of transition and temporal integrity. Likewise, while food and clothes drives and other supportive projects to help those in need today are also not considered a long term solution, it is still considered valid in the context of helping others in a time of need, while also drawing awareness to the principle goal.

The Zeitgeist Movement also has no allegiance to a country or traditional political platforms. It views the world as a single system and the human species as a single family and recognizes that all countries must disarm and learn to share resources and ideas if we expect to survive in the long run. Hence, the solutions arrived at and promoted are in the interest to help everyone on the planet Earth, not a select group.


What is The Zeitgeist Movement?

1.TZM recognises that our current conduct on this planet is unsustainable and advocates a transition into a new framework for society called a Resource Based Economy.
2.TZM recognises that, through the humane use of technology, we can provide a near abundance to all of the world's people, and aims to eliminate scarcity in as many areas as possible; creating a system of access rather than property and money.
3.TZM recognises that our current employment model is outdated and not in line with the advancement of technology, and advocates working towards machine automation in the production of goods and services; removing the need for human labour wherever possible, while maximising efficiency.
4.TZM recognises that society must have a symbiotic relationship with nature in order to be sustainable and achieve an ecological balance by living in harmony with the earth and not in spite of it.
5.TZM recognises that nothing less than a complete shift in the way we operate on this planet is required if we wish to avoid social collapse on a global scale.
6.TZM aims to remove the conditions needed for governments and laws by addressing the root causes of our social problems by creating a more humane environment which through it's design, encourages and necessitates positive human behaviours and actions.
7.TZM advocates the scientific method applied to society for social concern, arriving at decisions based on statistical data and inferential logic geared towards maximum efficiency of operations, rather than opinions based on self and national interest.
8.TZM is primarily a social movement, advocating a system that encourages collaboration rather than competition and is based on unity and equality by design.
9.TZM is not an institution or a political organization and whilst structured around projects, operates without hierarchy or leaders.
10.TZM 's purpose is to initiate the transition into a Resource Based Economy by spreading awareness of the concept.
What is a Resource Based Economy?
1.A RBE is a global system in which the planet's resources are declared the common heritage of all the world's people.
2.A RBE is a system in which all goods and services are available to everyone without the use of money, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.
3.A RBE applies a systems approach to society and manages the earth's resources holistically while streamlining production to reduce waste.
4.A RBE presents a system where human wellbeing and the preservation of the earth take priority rather than profit.
5.A RBE is a system based on machine automation rather than human labour, freeing all people from meaningless and repetitive jobs.
"That sounds like Communism/Socialism to me."
All 'isms' are still based on the concepts of money and property, because they assume and require scarcity in order to be relevant. TZM believes that by eliminating scarcity, these political ideologies become obsolete.
"If there's no government or police, wouldn't we destroy ourselves?"
By eliminating scarcity, we eliminate the need for 'property' and thus eliminate the motivations for 95% of all crime. There is no reason to steal, no reason to horde, no reason to claim ownership when everything is available to everyone.
"But aren't people competitive by nature?"
TZM believes that competitive behavior is a direct result of culture. People living in a culture of competition will be competitive with one another. By contrast, people living in a cooperative culture will naturally seek to cooperate with one another. Further, cooperative behavior gives superior results, and does not require anybody to 'lose'.
"So what reason would anybody have to participate in society if they can have anything they want, whenever they want it?"
TZM recognizes that a social currency exists. Just as "wealth" is symbol of status, contributions to society would reflect a person's social status in a RBE. Contributions would also result in an improved quality of life, just as it does in a monetary system, however the increased quality of life applies to all people in society, rather than individuals.
Who is “The Zeitgeist Movement”?
‘The Zeitgeist Movement’ [TZM] is a leaderless demographic of the global population who share a common belief that the current problems of the world are symptoms of 1 over-arching problem… resource scarcity. 
We also believe that resource scarcity is not a physical reality in today’s world, but an artificial condition that our current social and economic systems impose, because they must in order to stay relevant.
We propose that, through a systematic application of technology and the scientific method, we can eliminate resource scarcity and create a better world for the entire human race.
Official Position of TZM:
1. We recognize that through the humane application of science and technology we can provide an abundance of resources for all of the world's people, creating a system of access rather than property and money.
2. We recognize that our current employment model is not in line with the advancement of society, and we advocate working towards machine automation in the production of goods and services, removing the need for human labor wherever possible.
3. We wish to address the root causes of our social problems by creating a social dynamic that rewards cooperation over competition, and thus encourages positive human behaviors which are ultimately more efficient and beneficial for humanity as a whole.
4. We advocate the application of the scientific method onto social design, arriving at decisions based on evidence, statistical data and inferential logic in an effort to maximize social efficiency, and remove human opinions based on self-interest and incomplete information, whenever possible.
5. We recognize that in order to be sustainable, society must have a symbiotic relationship with nature, and achieve an ecological balance with the earth.
6. To satisfy these goals, TZM advocates the transition into a new social framework known as a Resource Based Economy.
What’s a “Resource Based Economy” [RBE]? Refer to "GLOBAL RESOURCE BASED ECONOMY" 
A RBE is a global system in which the planet's resources are declared the common heritage of the entire human race. It’s a system in which all goods and services are made available to everyone, without resorting to money, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude.
A RBE applies a ‘systems approach’ to society, and manages the earth's resources holistically while streamlining production and minimizing waste. Technology and scientific knowledge are leveraged in every aspect of society to provide the greatest overall benefit to mankind, without any of the monetary restrictions in place today.
Ultimately, it functions as a social system where the wellbeing of the human race and the sustainability of our home take priority over all other concerns.
"That sounds like Communism/Socialism to me."
All of those 'isms' are based on versions of money and property in some way or another, because their primary function is to manage resources, and the related scarcity of those resources. By eliminating resource scarcity, all of these political ideologies become useless.
"If there’s no government, no military and no police, wouldn’t we destroy ourselves?"
If everything is available to everyone, then there is no reason to steal or take anything. Since nothing has monetary value, it’s impossible to sell stolen property. Thus the motivation for 95% of all crime today is eliminated.
As for war, competitive behavior is no longer rewarded at any level and class distinctions no longer exist, thus the resulting change in culture would eventually eliminate all large-scale conflict… simply because nobody would have any reason to do so.
"But people are competitive by nature. Isn’t it in our genes?"
Competitive behavior is a cultural trait. When people live in competition, they are competitive. By contrast, when people live in a cooperative environment, they will naturally seek to cooperate with one another. Cooperative behavior gives society wholly superior results without requiring a 'loser'.
"If everybody gets everything they want, whenever they want it… what incentive would people have to “DO” anything?" Society would function perfectly fine with far less social participation overall, and the benefits of participation would be magnified exponentially and applied toward the quality of life for everybody. Socially meaningless tasks simply don’t exist anymore, so any participation would generate ‘social currency’ for those individuals who contributed.
What that means is, to go to “work” would no longer a mundane task (because those are all handled by our machines now) and your reward for working would no longer be to not live on the street or die of hunger. Instead your reward is a direct improvement in the quality of life for you and your family, and the admiration of your fellow man whose quality of life has also directly increased because of you.
There’s always going to be some people who just want to ruin it for the rest of us, right?”
When a person acts against the interests of the group, this is called ‘Aberrant behavior’ and it typically comes in two flavors:
First, it happens when a person is forced to make their own self-interest more important than the interests of the group because they can’t reliably satisfy their own basic needs, such as food, housing, safety, etc. This often results in criminal behavior. By supplying an abundance of resources for everyone, basic needs are always met and self-interests become a non-factor.
Second, when competitive behavior is culturally rewarded, people begin to believe it’s actually necessary to work against each other. However, It’s been documented throughout history that when a civilization rewards cooperative behavior, instead of competitive behavior, well... people just stop sabotaging each other.
“But what’s to stop somebody from abusing the system and gaining power over everyone else?”
Most corrupt behavior comes from a desire for money or power. In a resource based economy, there’s no money, so no reason to screw everyone else for more of it... which brings us to “power”. But the only real power that exists in a resource based economy is influence, or social currency. Social currency is earned by pursuing the things that society values the most. For example, in today's society money, power and fame have a lot of social value, therefore people with money, power and/or fame typically have a lot of social currency. By contrast, if society valued contributions and cooperative behavior, then the people with the most social currency, or influence, would be those who have contributed or helped foster cooperation the most. People with “power” would simply be the people who have benefited society the most, which makes much more sense than those who have collected the most money.
Mental Exercise: If you get a job, you do so in order to earn a paycheck which, in theory, is suppose to create a better quality of life for you. Nobody else will see any kind of improvement in their lives as a result of your paycheck (outside of, perhaps, your immediate family). Add to this that the highest paying jobs available provide no actual value to society. These are the jobs in the financial district, who have the most direct influence on money and how it’s distributed, and so quite naturally have become the highest paying jobs. What this amounts to, is the universal pursuit, to the detriment of your neighbor, for things that are not socially beneficial. This is the result of a competitive environment driven by a monetary system.
Now imagine yourself working on something that will directly increase your quality of life, for example you try to invent something you want/need. Image you succeed, and your resulting contribution is distributed across the globe to everybody else. At the same time, some other people on the planet are bound to try and research, invent, discover, or create something for their own personal needs, and if they succeed you get a piece of each one of those pies as well. So it is in your best interest for them to succeed, as it is also in their best interest for you to succeed. This is the effect of rewarding Cooperative behavior, and the results are a vastly improved quality of life not only for you, but for everybody else as well.
“Why do you guys hate money so much?”
At one point in human history, money did serve a purpose as a patch-work solution to a real problem. The reality was that food, shelter, water, and many other basic needs were often hard to come by and in many cases there simply wasn’t enough to go around. People created money and a system of exchange that allowed what resources were available to be distributed in a way that appeared to be fair, and helped to prevent conflict (sometimes).
In today’s world, our collective understanding of the world has grown to the point that we can now simply eliminate the original problem of scarcity, and by doing so we can eliminate the problems that money brings with it.
During the great depression, it’s estimated that 12 million Americans died of starvation. The earth was still the same place, people simply didn’t have money in their wallets to pay for food. This is the same today in many African countries where food exists, but the money to pay for it does not. Since money was invented to manage scarcity, we simply eliminate scarcity and thus eliminate the need for money... and everybody gets to eat.
“What would you do about those people that simply don’t want to participate?”
There are no rules or anything forcing people to participate in society. If they prefer to live their life in a cabin on top of a mountain, they’re free to do so. There’s also nothing stopping them from receiving an abundant supply of any resources they may want or need for any reason. In stark contrast to Communism, there is absolutely nothing that says a person must participate and contribute to society in order to reap the rewards of social progress. TZM believes that human beings are capable of managing the resources of the earth in such a way that there is more than enough of anything, for everybody. And by monitoring, gathering and distributing those resources using technology, there’s no reason to require participation to have access to it. And as social infrastructures becomes more efficient (without the limits of “profitability” holding them back), it will likely become very normal for people to live anywhere on the planet they wish.
“Why do you think we need such a drastic solution? Isn’t there some sort of middle-ground?”
The reason we feel such a drastic change is necessary is because we believe the root cause of almost all social problems comes from the core of our current social system. Money, while at one time relevant to manage resource scarcity, is now used to fix something that no longer exists, and in the process creates a huge share of the world’s problems. The practice of rewarding competitive behavior, which we also needed in order to decide how we should distribute our limited resources, is also no longer relevant to our reality and the inefficiency of competition must be replaced with far more efficient cooperation.
“Well... since you guys seem to think you have all the answers, how do you propose we build [insert thing here]?”
The sole purpose of TZM is to create awareness of the root problems, and awareness of what we feel the best available solutions are. However, the truly BEST solutions will come from the cooperation of the entire human race, freed from the rules of profitability and resources availability. We endorse the efforts of groups such as ‘The Venus Project’, but we also realize that this specific version of a Resource Based Economy does not represent the collective efforts of the entire human race, and thus may not represent the “best” solution, only the best solution available to us today.
What’s most important right now is not to figure out how to build the most efficient solar array, or to create the fasted system of automated food distribution in Africa. The most important thing right now is to spread awareness of the root cause, and work to change human culture so that the efforts of the entire human race can begin to focus on solving the technical hurdles.
As a lot of people are excited in taking part in projects to help bring about a Resource Based Economy, there is a project we have started that you can take part in right now.
The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a volunteer grid computing system that uses your computer to solve problems. There are different projects on the network currently in development, such as ‘distributedDataMining’ which is a future project that will help research machine learning, which can help us in forming a resource based economy.
By downloading BOINC and attaching to the project aqua@home we can speed up research in quantum computing. If large-scale quantum computers can be built, they will be able to solve problems much faster than any current computers. This will help in improving the central computer of the cybernated city systems and computers generally.
We hope to get as many of the 450,000+ newsletter members using their computers to help speed up research in this project. We want to produce the largest team with the most credit which will help gain recognition in the scientific research community and help us to become a highly respected organization. We hope to be able to build a relationship with D-Wave Systems, the company behind this project, so that they can help us build the central computer of the cybernated city systems when the time comes to build the first city. It only takes 20 minutes to install and set up.
You can download BOINC from here: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php
Once installed attach to the project aqua@home, then
Join The Zeitgeist Movements Team on aqua@home here: aqua.dwavesys.com/team_display.php?teamid=1213 (Note you must be logged in on their website to join the team)
If you need help installing BOINC follow the instructions in this link: www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/joomla/inde...amp;id=293363#293363
Post this e-mail on your local chapters, Facebook pages, encourage your friends, family, co-workers to join the team and help us become respected in the scientific community and to create the number one team for aqua@home!
Things you can do!
2.  Share the VP Flier with everyone
3. Using Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and other Social networks to paste and Share vital Info to new Advanced Technologies. (The More informed people are about the Advanced technology the more closer we get to a RBE)
4. Learn to Share with just your neighbors and work your way out
5. Make DVD's of Zeitgeist Movie, Zeitgeist Addendum and Zeitgeist Moving Forward to pass them around. You can also make DVD's with Peter Joseph's Lectures and the Awakening film. 
6. Bumper Stickers and Magnets: Post these Stickers and Magnets every where across town
7. Artwork and Film: If you love art or making videos or movies, we need alot of people to come up with Creative Ideas. 
8. Appropedia is a website for a huge library of Self Sustainability projects, information and many other things. (It's alot like Wiki but a little different) http://www.appropedia.org
9. Business Cards: You can make small cards with the words (Is a World without money Possible?)
and place websites, your Chapter and contact information. 
10. OFcourse make sure you Join your Local community Chapter if there is one, if there isn't just get with the Closest around. PA (http://www.tzmpa.com)
11. Skill Sharing: What ever your skill is like if your an electrician, Carpenter, or Physician, then you can get with other people in your general area and help teach and share your professions wich in turn will really help us get much closer to an RBE. 
12. Set up Meetings and places for Distributing this knowledge and Material to your local community on days like Z-Day(Zeitgeist Day) http://www.zday2010.org or just do it any day. 
13. The power of E-mail, this tool is so useful and if you would like to start up some Huge Campaigns for the Movement go right ahead. 
14. Subscribe to some of the shows from Blogtalkradio or start your very own radio show(Z-radio, V-Radio, TZM-Peter Joseph Radio Address) http://www.blogtalkradio.com
15. Youtube/Vimeo are also very useful tools to help spread knowledge, art work, information, and any films you may want to share. 
If you still have doubts on this, please contact Douglous Mallette and Listen to V-Radio as well as Z-Radio
Also visit my Blog and website

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