“Our goal is to be destructive but in the cause of making the world a better place.” -Founder of Skype.
According to Wikipedia, Open Source is “a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details.” Open sourcing is an idea that has been around for centuries. Artists and sculptors have always been proud to show off their work and allow public access to their works. It’s kind of a “Look what I did!” type mentality. I can even feel it when I edit together an amazing video. But open sourcing is also quite pragmatic and almost philanthropic to humanity. Take a look at information and the internet. Before we had the internet, our research would had to have been done in a local library or through publications such as encyclopaedias and periodicals. An entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica would set you back hundreds of dollars. Jacques Fresco once said, “You don’t fight for a ‘new system’ if you want change, you need to offer something that makes the old system obsolete.” This is what the founder of Wikipedia decided to do. Information was seen to be something that all humans deserve to have access to. Not just the wealthy who could afford the encyclopaedias. In fact, during the SOPA/PIPA fight in the US Congress, Wikipedia took it on their own to block their website for a day and placed it with a graphic which said, “IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT FREE KNOWLEDGE – For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage this site and your ability to access information online. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.” Read More…
According to Jacque Fresco, the founder of The Venus Project, he states that an RBE “is a holistic socio-economicsystem in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.”
In other words, it’s a system without money. Money is redundant and just chunks of metal and scrap paper. I know what you’re thinking… How would we value stuff?? How do I pay for things? What about my job?
These are questions that I can hopefully answer throughout the blog.
The first question I would ask of you is what would you do if you didn’t have to work? Sure you might stay at home and play a video game, or just sleep and recharge. But what about afterwards? Most people would go traveling, play music, take up a hobby, go into the garden, learn new things, etc. There is a fascinating video from The Royal Society of the Arts where they explain our need for “Challenge”, “Mastery” and “Purpose.” If we don’t have those goals, then it really isn’t worth doing anything. We as a species need to work to better ourselves and not to make a quick buck.
Welcome to Husky City, Resource Based Economy (RBE).
This blog is meant to share what life could be like living in a Resource Based Economy. Eventually we aim to have a webseries on YouTube with varying topics that may arise living in an RBE.