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- 1 Attempts to Build Cities
- 2 Universal Basic Income (UBI)
- 3 How to communicate
- 4 Organizations
- 5 The Hadza people
- 6 Movies & TV
- 7 Anarcho-Communism
- 8 Really Really Free Market
- 9 Give-away shop
- 10 Buy Nothing Project
Attempts to Build Cities
The Original EPCOT
The Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow (EPCOT) was an unfinished concept developed by Walt Disney (the person). Its purpose was to be a “real city that would ‘never cease to be a blueprint of the future,'” designed to stimulate American industry to develop new ideas for urban living.
The Sustainable City
A live city of the future, it is the first net zero energy development in the Emirate of Dubai. The development includes 500 villas, 89 apartments and a mixed use area consisting of offices, retail, healthcare facilities, a nursery and food and beverage outlets. Phase 2 of the development will include a hotel, school and innovation centre. Built on 46 hectares. Population 2,700.
Free Territory (aka. Makhnovia)
An attempt to form a stateless anarchist society in Ukraine. It existed from 1918 to 1921. Population 7 million. Self-organized along anarchist principles with references to “control” and “government” being highly contentious.
The concept of creating permanent dwellings at sea outside the territory claimed by any government. Seasteaders say such autonomous floating cities would foster faster development of techniques “to feed the hungry, cure the sick, clean the atmosphere and enrich the poor”.
Kibbutzim (plural of Kibbutz) are intentional communities which began in 1909 as utopian combinations of socialism and Zionism. In 2010, there were 270 kibbutzim in Israel. Crime rates are much lower than in the general population.
Republic of Minerva
A micronation consisting of the Minerva Reefs. It was one of the few modern attempts at creating a sovereign micronation on the reclaimed land of an artificial island in 1972.
Republic of Rose Island
A short-lived micronation on a man-made platform in the Adriatic Sea, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) off the coast of the province of Rimini, Italy in 1968.
Universal Basic Income (UBI)
MLK Jr. Advocated UBI.
List of UBI experiments
How to communicate
The Tyranny of Words [Book]
How to change an opinion
Facts don’t convince people, they only cause people to polarize.
How to convince people:
- Find a group that you’re both part of (race, religion, physical traits, gender, ideas) and use that as a point of personal connection (ingroup/outgroup bias)
- Focus on a common motive (ex: we both care about protecting children, and this is what vaccines are meant to do)
“Data almost never changes minds because humans are machine learning robots, which means they’ve formed their opinions based on a huge network of data points that they’ve passively collected over time. Any data that disagrees with their model is discarded. Only those who are already close to a new belief can be convinced of it with new confirming data. In other words, people can only be nudged.” – Matt
Ubuntu Contributionism: A Blueprint For Human Prosperity [Book]
The Responsibility Foundation
“Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.” – Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (1946)
An abandoned movement very similar to TZM. Jacque Fresco was a member.
The Venus Project
San Diego Democratic Socialists of America
The DSA Is almost identical to TZM. They seek:
- An end to deportations. Free movement of people, not capital.
- An end to discrimination based on race, sex, gender identity, sexuality, religion, disability or class.
- Tuition-free public education at all levels.
- Health care as a human right.
- Complete reproductive freedom in all forms.
- Safe, affordable housing for all.
- The end to military aggression.
- Equality in and democratization of the workplace and economy.
- Abolishment of the police and prison industrial complex.
- People and the environment over profit.
The Hadza people
One of the last remaining Hunter-gatherer populations, and they use a moneyless sharing economy.
Movies & TV
An anti-capitalist comedy drama buddy cop series from a cold war communist perspective.
A future of excessive waste and overconsumption.
The Story of Stuff
Animation showing humanity’s unsustainable cycle of production, consumption, waste, and cultural reinforcement.
A series where time travelers from the future try to stop corporations from taking over the government.
Really Really Free Market
A RRFM is a horizontally organized collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy.
Give-away shops, swap shops, freeshops, or free stores are stores where all goods are free. It is a form of constructive direct action that provides a shopping alternative to a monetary framework, allowing people to exchange goods and services outside of a money-based economy.
Buy Nothing Project
Buy Nothing Project Mission:
We offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.
- We believe our hyper-local groups strengthen the social fabric of their communities, and ensure the health and vitality of each member.
- We come from a place of abundance ~ not scarcity.
- We believe in abundance, we give, we ask, we share, we lend and we express gratitude.
- We are a gift economy, not a charity. We see no difference between want and need, waste and treasure.
- We do not buy, sell, trade, barter, or otherwise exchange money for items or services.
- We measure wealth by the personal connections made and trust between people.
- We value people and their stories and narratives above the ‘stuff.’
- We are inclusive at our core.
- We value honesty and integrity in all our interactions.
- We view all gifts as equal; the human connection is the value.
- We believe every community has the same wealth of generosity and abundance