This is a list of various videos which may be of interest to people just learning about the Zeitgeist Movement.
An Introduction to a Resource-Based Economy by Peter Joseph
The March 21st 2011 TEDx Portugal Talk by Peter Joseph called: “An Introduction to a Resource-Based Economy “
ZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARD
Zeitgeist : Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which presents a case for a transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.
This subject matter transcends the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and moves to relate the core, empirical “life ground” attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a “Resource-Based Economy“.
The Future of Economics – A Perspective from The Zeitgeist Movement
This presentation by Ben McLeish gives a brief explanation of the Zeitgeist Movement, a nice history of money and a reasonably detailed explanation of the current fiat based federal reserve monetary system (sometimes referred to as ‘Money as Debt’).
In part 3 it explains the technical ramifications of the system, including cyclical consumption, the contradiction of capitalism, competition, monopolies, and how the need for profit currently suppresses amazing technologies if they can’t make money from it.
Part 4 presents the concept of a Resource Based Economy, the core tenant of the Zeitgeist Movement and Venus Project.
This is the 2 hour documentary film which created The Zeitgeist Movement. It describes the Money as Debt system that we currently live in, the corruption and priority of profit that it promotes, including a section on Economic Hitmen. It ends with a description of the Venus Project and the ideas of a Resource Based Economy, an entirely different way of thinking about resource usage and distribution that could replace the current monetary system. This is Recommended viewing viewing and was the film that started the Movement.
Three Questions: What do you Propose?
The Three Questions: ( please watch video before answering the below as the premise is explained as in great detail. )
1) Given the market economy requires consumption in order to maintain demand for human employment and further economic growth as needed, is there a structural incentive to reduce resource use, biodiversity loss, the global pollution footprint and hence assist the ever-increasing need for improved ecological sustainability in the world today?
2) In an economic system where companies seek to limit their production costs (“cost efficiency”) in order to maximize profits and remain competitive against other producers, what structural incentive exists to keep human beings employed, in the wake of an emerging technological condition where the majority of jobs can now be done more cheaply and effectively by machine automation?
3) In an economic system which inherently generates class stratification and overall inequity, how can the effects of “Structural Violence” – a phenomenon noted by public health researchers to kill well over 18 million a year, generating a vast range of systemic detriments such as behavioral, emotional and physical disorders – be minimized or even removed as an effect?
Zeitgeist Orientation Presentation
After watching the movie Zeitgeist Addendum you will likely have more questions than answers. The Orientation Presentation is a condensed version of the Activist Orientation guide, and attempts to answer some of those questions with a more fact based, informative video. This used to be considered required viewing although The Zeitgeist Movement Defined .pdf has superseded it.
Dan Pink – The Surprising Science of Motivation
In this riveting and highly recommended talk by Dan Pink talks about the Surprising Science of Motivation. Explaining Intrinsic vs Extrinsic motivators and how the carrot and stick (reward and punishment) approach of the monetary system is only effective at motivating people for basic, repetitive tasks (i.e those easily automated). When it comes to tasks requiring creativity and ‘thinking outside the box’ then money is actually an impediment to motivation, whilst Intrinsic motivators (doing it because you want to and it’s awesome) is much more effective.
There is also a TED talk version of this.
The Story of Stuff
An informative short film by Annie Leonard which explains the consumerist based, cradle to grave system we live in which is destroying the environment and human well being.
Cradle to Cradle
William McDonough is a major advocate for changing the current cradle to grave system (extract, refine, process, use, throw away), to a more environmentally friendly solution, whereby the idea of recycling is taken to a whole new level. Where we have a materials flow, tracking things like Titanium or plastic through the systems just like the water or carbon cycle. The idea of biodegradable food wrappers which people want you to throw on their lawn, or roofs with gardens on them to create food, promote bird habitats and filter water. William created the profound book ‘Cradle to Cradle‘, and has started the C2C movement which is implementing these ideas.
Survival of the Fittest, Well not quite
This is a great video which explains the true meaning of Survival of the Fittest and how groups of collaborative people can work better than groups of people who are competing against themselves. It also gives clues into ways we can transition to a Resource Based Economy.
The Neurobiology of Human Behaviour by Dr Robert Sapolsky
This 25 part video series are the University lectures by Dr Robert Sapolsky about Human behaviour, biology and neurobiology. They explain how the environment, genes, brain and hormones work to affect people’s environment. It explains everything from how individual neurons work through to how the brain creates small amounts of hormones which can have dramatic effects on people. How genes give people a propensity for a certain trait but most are only triggered under environmental conditions. It has a very important focus on aggression and explains how people can reduce violence by thinking of all of humanity as their family.
If you aren’t sure about human behaviour then these lectures are a really great basis.
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The Price of Zero Transition to an RBE
Michael Kubler talks about transitioning to a post-scarcity / abundance centered society by first getting the necessities of life to be free to everyone on the planet, using what he calls the Price of Zero transition.
His slides are available at http://bit.ly/price-of-zero-slides