Many people believe that recent technological advances are the main cause of our environmental pollution. In fact the abuse and misuse of technology is what should be our main concerns.
A more balanced civilization, instead of machines replacing people, that would reduce the workday, increase the availability of goods and services and prolong the rest period; the introduction of technology in daily life then would no longer be a threat. Modern society has access to advanced technology and can make available food, clothing, housing and medical care, upgrade our educational system and develop clean renewable energy. Through the provision of an efficiently designed economy, everyone can enjoy a high standard of living, with all the amenities of a technological society.
We present the Resource-Based Economy as a global socioeconomic system in which all products and services are available without the use of cash, credit or any other system of voluntary exchange. Resources are shared equally and in proportion to the needs of each individual. In this way, all the resources are held as the common heritage of all people on the planet in order to transcend over time no need for artificial boundaries that separate people. This is a unifying imperative. The term and its concept are the authorship of Jacques Fresco of The Venus Project.
In a "Resource-Based Economy", we would use the existing resources in the environment and through human labor, enrich life of the entire population. Instead of money, we could produce to meet the vital needs and improve everyone's well-being. Thus, the planet's resources would not be the measure of human labor or repetitive work processes that can be performed by machines. Technology would help in different ways of working, partially suppressing the division of labor classes and the realization of its social values. A resource-based world economy would also involve a full effort to the development of new sources of energy, clean and renewable and the improvement of existing ones. We would be finally able to produce enough power to drive the development of civilization for years. It should also commit to redesign our cities, transportation systems and industrial plants so that they are efficient, clean and conveniently meet the needs of all people.
The proposed project not only contributes to people’s well-being, but also provides the necessary information to participate in any area of its jurisdiction: the success would be measured by the satisfaction of individual activities, rather than the acquisition of wealth, property or power.
Use technology to overcome shortages, through the application of renewable energy sources, computerization and automation of production, inventory and distribution. Designing safe and energy efficient cities with advanced transportation systems, furnishing universal health care education and more relevant, above all, generating a new incentive system based on human and environmental concerns. These are our goals.
Our vision of globalization encourages all people on the planet to do the best they can for the sake of a more just society.
The Brazil Project seeks to create a Research and Development Visitation center that will:
- Function as a totally closed system, self-sustainable, with full reuse of waste;
- Maximize automation and constantly update in order to free people from the greater amount of hazardous, monotonous and repetitive work as possible;
- Be instructive regarding the possibility of implementing this system as an alternative to existing cities, and to evidence how the population would benefit from the evolution to a global resource-based economy;
- Offer intensively the possibility of re-education and preparation for this new social organization to people who are interested. The idea is to give classes/courses, prioritizing on the various issues that relate to the idea of an RBE.
We will create the first "RBE city" (Resource-Based economy) on the planet to be both a research and development center and to show that this is a viable model for the world. Throughout the process, especially at the end, documents and machines will be generated to enable the replication of this model in other locations around the globe.
“The Brazil Project" is an initiative that arose from the opportunity offered in the state of Ceará, the donation of land with an area of more than 300 hectares, to build, to promote and elucidate the ideas of a resource-based economy (RBE) under the guidance of The Venus project to offer to the world population.
And justifiably to incorporate the project as a foundation to receive the donation of the land, as well as attract and popularize the town. One of the project phases will be to set up a technology development center for sustainability purposes with the initial focus on new technologies for setting up and managing the city.
We will use the opportunity to motivate other territories within and outside the country to:
- Generate and encourage interest about an RBE
- Motivate people and leaders to educate themselves on the concept of RBE
- Generate evidence to show the feasibility and benefits of RBE
- Develop the knowledge and technologies conducive to the creation and replication of an RBE city.
The project will be initially capitalized by crowdfunding¹. It will be structured to allow each phase to be independent and the project need not wait for the collection of the total financial resources needed to start execution.
PROJECT SUCCESS CRITERIA
It is considered that the project was a success when:
- The city is built 100% sustainable and automated;
- This city is populated and the occupants consider themselves happy (to determine if the population has a success and happiness measure);
- It is possible to integrate the city's population to the world with appliances and transports generated by the project;
- ALL the documents required for creating an RBE in other cities are generated and circulated;
- We have a considerable impact on the world population showing that an RBE is possible. The measurement will be project exposure in the international media, impacted people and the amount of media exposure or until the target objectives have been met.
The project will feature eight stages:
Legal compliance →
Architectural drafting →
← Auto management
← creation of the city
Table 1: Project implementation Flow
According to Jacques Frescos requirements for the 1st city:
- RBE City Type: A city of research and development that will serve as a model;
- Country: Brazil (Pereiro, Ceará) (vast amounts of untouched resources);
- Climate: High availability of solar energy - (6 degrees south of the equator, sunny for 9 months of the year);
- Terrain: Moderately level (variation up to 3 meters);
- Size: A square mile (270 ha with the possibility of more);
- Location: Near the airport, port and federal highways. (State Road very near, 15 km from the Federal Highway, 4hrs from the airport and the seaport.);
- Politics: An area immune to intervention of government policies. (Use of an international Foundation will be tax-free and interference free from government agencies, according to Brazilian law.
- Regroup and organize participants for The Brazil Project (BPP, RBE) located in Brazil for the purpose of structuring/documenting an RBE society for "R & D²" on site;
- Analyze/map the surface of the ground to determine the availability of water resources. (A university team (UFRN) is proposed to start in mid-August / 2015);
- Presentation of groups: Develop presentation groups in Brazil to present the concepts of an RBE Society for the Brazilian population, focusing on schools and universities.
- Develop the legal framework: Foundation and Project Management;
- Formulate the Foundation under the aspects of the legislation;
- Determine Founders, President, directors and all the required management structure;
- Website, email, documentation, organizational structure. (www.thebrazilproject.org);
- Development of Human Resources Data Base;
- Research "Crowdfunding ¹" international requirements, legality etc.
PHYSICAL IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY
- Modeling the first city should encourage the creation of others until a network is formed between the cities where almost no external resources will be required;
- In its final phase the city will be a center for research, education and development for humanity and for project implementation in other locations around the globe. Documents will be generated throughout the project to allow the monitoring and possible creation of similar cities in other locations (starting from the principle that cities are built from the start with all the inputs needed to become 100% RBE`s);
- It includes that human resources initially be kept to a minimum, being only "invited" to the city people who will build/improve it. Human habitation for presentation purposes for the effectiveness of an RBE occur in a later stage of the project;
- The city will have a visitation/presentation center for people to be educated about the concept of RBE;
- Human well-being is imperative on site;
- The project is multidisciplinary and will have integrated management;
- From the start all repetitive processes will be attempted to be automated. It will generate 100% automated processes, even if limited or of a crude shape, by using existing advanced technologies or which may be developed and/or compiled/modified for the project. All involved will know fully the concept of a resource-based economy and it is a requirement to always try to think of nonstandard/creative solutions;
- The city maintenance is required on a small scale and only for machines that perform cyclical processes;
- There will be the need for a central computer to widely and automatically manage resources using mobile apps (or other not yet defined format) to generate the demands of the inhabitants.
When trying to find minimum common denominators for the concept of a civilization based on resources that fits the reality of a limited project and considering the minimum amount of resources needed for the start and implementation of a resource-based city does not require large investments initially. We arrive at a model where five areas of minimum subsistence are imperative and five aspects of human daily life are regarded as minimally necessary for those who choose to physically be on the site to develop the project.
The intention is to show that strategically for the short, medium and long term it is possible to stimulate awareness of possible solutions of an RBE as donations to the project move consequentially towards an RBE civilization.