FAQ: What is the history of TZM and what is the difference with The Venus Project?

The early manifestation of TZM was as a Social Movement to create mass awareness regarding the train of thought that underlies the work of a man named Jacque Fresco – an industrial designer and social engineer who founded an organization called The Venus Project.

However, in early 2011, tensions abruptly emerged from Mr. Fresco and his associate Roxanne Meadows. This eventually generated a split between the two organizations which now operate without each others active influence. It is important to note that there is no opposition between the two organizations.

The differences between the two organizations rest in function & strategy while the broad goal is essentially the same.

Function:

TZM seeks to communicate a Train of Thought with regard to how understanding and applying Scientific Reasoning can improve human society with respect to public heath and societal sustainability. It seeks to generate an educated critical mass globally for the acceptance and implementation of this Train of Thought and hence the self-evident notions for social design that emerge from that logic. This is done through many programs and events, such as Zeitgeist Day, The Zeitgeist Media Festival, monthly Chapter Town-halls, Newsletters, Press Releases, Lectures, Radio shows, Social Networking, targeted Think Tank projects, and other mediums.

TVP was historically never a Social Movement. Rather, TVP operates essentially as a Think Tank which develops and expresses the work of Jacque Fresco – specifically his vision of the future regarding physical designs and social methods.

Strategy:

In their communication, TVP tends to source themselves as the solution and hence operate as an Institution, often claiming intellectual ownership of various ideas of Jacque Fresco. For example, the term and hence definition of a “Resource-Based Economy” was sought for Copyright by TVP in 2010.

TZM does not limit its solution reference to TVP or any single person or institution and also does not claim ownership or origination of any idea promoted. Instead, it focuses on the underling reasoning behind the approach of applying Scientific Efficiency to society, sourcing the whole of scientific inquiry indiscriminately, without the emphasis on any specific institution or figure.

It could be argued that all knowledge is serially developed through cultural and informational evolution and the concept of “Credit” and “Institutional Proprietary” becomes intellectually untenable in reality. This is not to say that those with expert authority are not to be favored in a situation that needs such merit in application. But, on the data/reasoning level, information always stands on its own and endures its own logical scrutiny and the messenger becomes unimportant.

TZM see the Values System Shift and educational imperative as the most critical issue at this time, which is why public interaction programs are at the forefront.

The highly specific technical designs characteristic of TVP, which would actually comprise the mechanics of the social system, are seen to emerge as a natural consequence once the train of thought is digested by the public.

Furthermore, TZM, while working to promote the open source train of thought to educate the public as its most important goal through community interaction and media, it also has a more traditional activist side, with ongoing Food Drives and Charity work to help ease the growing stress being caused by this system.

TVP engages no larger order activism or charity actions and operates solely for the expression of the work of Jacque Fresco.

RBE vs RBEM:

Out of a general respect to TVP’s work with what they consider to be the proprietary notion of a “Resource-Based Economy” [RBE] and its definition, some in The Movement prefer to adapt to the term “Resource-Based Economic Model” [RBEM] to separate from the Fresco-specific association/definition and allow for a more general flexible understanding of the Train of Thought.

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