The Venus Project (website) is a research centre in Venus, Florida run by Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows: “The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology and nature will be able to coexist in a long term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.”
One of its key aims is to educate people towards a transition to a “Resourced-based Economy”. The term and meaning of a Resource-based Economy was defined by Jacque Fresco. It is a holistic socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credit, barter, or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all inhabitants, not just a select few. This system is based on the premise that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter-productive to our survival.
Jacque and The Venus Project are featured in the film Future By Design (2006) by William Gazecki which represents Jacque as a “modern da Vinci”, and the Zeitgeist film series (Zeitgeist Addendum 2008 and Zeitgeist Moving Forward 2010) by Peter Joseph. This led to The Zeitgeist Movement (website) founded in 2008, which is now a big global activist movement with over 30 country chapters, dedicated to spreading the word about a Resource-based Economy. It celebrates an annual ‘Z Day’ which is Jacque Fresco’s birthday, 13 March. In 2011, The Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement officially severed ties, but TZM is still promoting the model of a Resource-based Economy.