Somewhere amidst the lush greenery of central Florida, lies The Venus Project: a tropical paradise of the future.
The beautiful model city was designed and created by Jacque Fresco, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
Jacque is a self-proclaimed social engineer, and Futurist– “scientists and social scientists whose specialty is futurology, or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on Earth in general.”
The Venus Project is the start of what Fresco likes to call, a “resource-based economy.”
The 21-acre property had humble beginnings, starting out as a tomato farm for Fresco and his family. Now, however, Venus Project devotees visit from all over the world, even as far away as Australia. The buildings, infrastructure, and ideas Fresco has implemented are revolutionary, to say the least.
Dome-shaped buildings are used for several reasons: they require less material to fabricate, the shape gives maximum support and strength, withstands extreme winds and even earthquakes, and they are made from concrete so no trees will be cut down to make them.
Fresco believes he has the perfect working model for the City of the Future. He told Bloomberg this city will be run without the use of money, and there won’t be any politicians.
Instead, the city will be run by a central computer that will distribute necessary resources when required. “A machine doesn’t have emotions,” Fresco said. “It’s not susceptible to corruption.”
The Venus Project website says, “We call for a straightforward approach to the redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, environmental degradation and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable.”
That is a beautiful message, and one I hope we will all pay attention to. We can change the world, and Jacque Fresco has given us an incredible opportunity to do so. For more information on The Venus Project, check out the video below:
By Raven Fon