If we wanted to start all over from scratch, given the current state of our knowledge and technologies, what would we do?
☝️ This is just an introduction. I started to write a book on the subject but stopped due to lack of motivation… rather hope… based on the pessimism of those around me, mainly due to their belief that money is a sacred natural law that can’t be changed.
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
What do you think about the state of the world; globally and on all levels?
Do you believe that we’re really doing everything we can for Earth to be a good place to live, for all living beings?
“Strong people don’t put others down… They lift them up.”
—Michael P. Watson
We have sufficient knowledge (and technologies) to provide a high quality of life and abundance for everyone… but we must ask ourselves the right question: “What do we want?” (as a species, worldwide).
Then, with a specific goal in mind, we will be able to do it, no matter how hard it is, and even if it takes several generations… at least if we dare to do what’s necessary to achieve what we want.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
“Eutopia” is ‘my’ vision about how the world could be… and I wish, will be. It must be taken as food for thoughts, not as a blueprint of what should be done. The objective is to simply open minds, to make people think and see the world, our different systems and types of society, with a fresh look, from different angles.
“Utopia” translates from the Greek as “no place”. It usually describes a non-existent society that
is intended to be viewed as considerably better than contemporary society.
“Eutopia” means “good place”, which ostensibly would be the more appropriate term for this vision.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
I ask you therefore, above all, to keep an open mind and leave behind everything that exists or has existed (philosophical, social, political, economic, religious, and spiritual ideologies and movements), no matter if it worked or failed.
Some things might be childish, foolish or romantic. Some things may not be based on current knowledge nor backed up by science (yet), it can just be what feels logical and right based on my feelings, experience or judgment.
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
—Stewart Brand (& Steve Jobs)
Concretely, “Eutopia” is divided into three parts:
The World Today The Calling
The Utopia: First, we will build a completely new world, from scratch, piece by piece. Take it as in brainstorming sessions; there are no bad ideas. So I ask you to keep in mind only your common sense and some really basic knowledge of which we are absolutely sure (e.g. 1+1=2, if we never eat we die, any body immersed in a liquid comes out wet).
The Grounded Vision: Then we will confront that utopia with our current knowledge. We will reintroduce concepts we currently live with and there will be some adaptations and compromises.
The Plan: And finally, we will propose a way to get there, to make this “utopia” an “Eutopia” (from an imaginary “no place” to a real “good place”).
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
To be continued…
A Word about Money
“Money is the root of all evil”… not really.
What does “money” mean exactly? A medium of exchange, a unit of account, a store of value? Capitalism? Is barter money?
I prefer to use the term “money concept”, that I define as putting a value on each individual thing and keeping apothecary accounts between individuals.
The “money concept” promotes and reinforces separation. Separation breeds the desire for possession. Which leads to lack, attachment, and control. Which trigger sadness, anger, and fear. These fuel our primal survival instincts and are at the root of many fear-based, selfish, uncivilized and often stupid behaviors.
The “money concept” is certainly not the only problem in today’s world/society but it’s the root cause as it forges/shapes our way of thinking, our mindset and often leads us to make the wrong decisions, consciously or unconsciously.
If we agree with the following, we have to evolve past that “money concept”.
“We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
And anyway, it’s a primitive way of living together. It’s time consuming and has a lot of overload, it’s inefficient and even counterproductive.
But above all, it has become obsolete! We have the knowledge and technologies to not need that archaic concept anymore. We can provide the highest quality of life to every living being on Earth. We can enable everyone to be who they truly are and to develop their full potential. Isn’t that what we want? Wouldn’t you love to live in such a good place?
Food for Thoughts
The Venus Project
The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today’s world.
This project was initiated by Jacque Fresco around 1971. Its conceptual origins date back to the 1960s, but its philosophy traces back much earlier. For a more extensive history of his work, visit his page on the Jacque Fresco Foundation website.
After his death in 2017 at age 101, Roxanne Meadows (who assisted him since 1976) and a board of directors continue to evolve a design response to emerging global circumstances.
Learn more at thevenusproject.com
The Great Project was born out of the work of a think tank that seeks to put an end to the unsustainable ecological, economic, social and human drifts that our society is experiencing.
It is clear that money (the market system) is at the root of all social inequalities, world hunger, climate inaction by governments, the concentration of wealth that is reaching new heights, and many other abuses.
As soon as enough people around the world have joined the movement, we will work together to determine how it will work and when it will transition.
Once we have a majority, we will be able to officially validate our commitment through a global consent that will allow us to organise the transition between the market society and the sharing society. After this day, each one will exercise his vocation to others, without using money. Resources will be shared with respect for the planet and its inhabitants. Efforts in areas where volunteers are not available will be shared equally.
Finally, citizen democracy will take its place within the overall democratic organisation. (G.D.O.) It will enable everyone to take part in the decisions that concern them. That is, from the local (neighbourhood) to the global (world) level.
Learn more at mocica.org
Happonomy is built on 6 long term priorities. They serve as goals underpinning our mission to drive the quality of our lives forward, regenerate our planet, and help upgrade capitalism along the way.
- Increase people’s awareness about what is valuable in their life and the role of work, money and technology.
- Support individuals to develop their full potential, not burdened by the limitations of our current economic system.
- Contribute to build more and more successful value-driven starting organisations.
- Support leaders to sustainably transform existing organisations.
- Support policy makers to improve our quality of life via increased awareness, sustainable work and monetary transformation.
- Support policy makers and developers with the development of human-centred Artificial Intelligence.
So there you have it, our not-so-strategic road map for our organisation. All goals have been initiated one way or the other already. The scope seems daunting but from our perspective this is the best shot we have to make sure that all inhabitants of this pale blue dot thrive. Yes, it will take years, many hands, hearts and minds, but you know what they say… if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
Learn more at happonomy.org
Ubuntu is an ancient African philosophy that refers to our humanness, our selflessness, and our connectedness.
It’s all about unity and harmony within our community. Where people care for each other and look out for each other, as if they were part of a great big family. In Ubuntu communities, money has no place and everyone contributes their skills and talents for the benefit of the whole community. All ancient tribes and civilisations around the world share the same philosophy by different names.
The most frequently used definition of Ubuntu is: “I am what I am because of who we all are”. In a similar fashion, the native American Cherokee Tribe have this belief: “If it’s not good for everyone, it’s no good at all.”
Contributionism is a modern application of Ubuntu. It’s a system where everyone contributes their skills and talents for the benefit of everyone in their community – and the entire community benefits from the collaborative efforts of everyone.