A day in the life of a Resource-Based Economy

Scenario 1: You wake up. You make your coffee. You read the paper. You see something that mentions Hawaii. You think “I’d love to go to Hawaii!” So you go online and you make a reservation. It doesn’t cost anything, but you have to make it in advance so that you get in the queue.

You go grab some eggs (from the farm down the street), and have some fresh oj from either your own oranges or the sky garden down the street. Now, it’s 9 am and you have a choice. You can: read, sunbathe, drink, work on those architectural plans for the park down the street, write in your blog, play your guitar, work on the farm next door, go help at an elderly facility, paint, be a project manager on the building site down the street, research quantum physics, teach, make clothes, do some chemistry, DO AND LEARN ANYTHING YOU WANT.

Scenario 2: It’s a beautiful day. You decide it’s a great day for sailing. You go down to the harbor to where they keep the boats. You sign out a boat for the day. It’s free. You return the boat when you’re done. This is known as shared resources and replaces the idea of ownership. Think about what a waste it is that we all own cars that sit in the driveway for hours a day, when someone else could be using it. Or your boat. Or your motorcycle or RV. Whatever. Let’s make these resources available to everyone, anytime of day.

There are a lot of companies based on this idea popping up now. Of course, there is a monetary fee involved right now, but it’s the same concept. Here are just a few: RelayRides, The Car Sharing Network, Airbnb. What these sites take take advantage of is a plethora of things, shared between neighbors who trust each other. So refreshing, right?

Scenario 3: You live in the city. You live in a place like in this picture. This is the 8 House in Copenhagen.  This is a building designed by Bjarke Ingels, who recently gave a TED talk on  “Hedonistic Sustainability.” This, and other buildings he’s designed, allow you to live in a city environment, with all the benefits of nature around you. And best of all, it’s completely sustainable. Beautiful architecture does not need to destroy our planet.

So you live in this amazing place, surrounded by your happy, friendly neighbors, who are all so happy because they and you no longer have to go to a job that means nothing to you and slave away just to make enough to live. Instead, you do work in a the field of your choice. Remember when you wanted to be a fireman when you were little? Remember how you always wanted to be a doctor? Remember how you thought it would be amazing to be an astronaut? In this sort of system, you are able to pursue anything you’ve ever wanted to, because nothing costs money. You are free to study and learn about anything you want, and the only thing keeping you from greatness is your own drive.

Scenario 4: You’re kind of a homebody. You don’t want to live in the super urban, science fiction-y looking cities. You want to experience the land and nature. So, you build an Earthship, which may look something like these pictures. Or totally different. Each Earthship is unique. But what they have in common is that they are entirely off-grid buildings.

They work entirely off solar, wind and geothermal. They are built out of discarded old tires, aluminum cans and glass bottles. They collect the rain water and it gets filtered and used throughout the entire house, eventually going to water your plants and then into a special septic system. You have a green house to grow you’re own food. And you never have to leave if you don’t want. (Personally, this is what I want to live in. There is an Earthship Academy, a three week course in how to build these, and I’m pushing for my husband to go!)

Scenario 5: You are a brilliant scientist, and you love to work, work, work. You are researching a vaccine for AIDS. Imagine going into your facility everyday, and knowing that money is not an object. If you need equipment, you put in an order for it. It gets shipped to you and there is no monetary transaction. If you need more space, you work on plans and propose them to your working group. If it’s agreed on and the central city systems database computer reviews the plans and they are in accordance with keeping the city, the people, and the planet healthy and sustained, you get the green light. Build away!

Scenario 6: You are an inventor. You are researching lighting sources. Right now, everyone is using LED lights. But you come up with something revolutionary that will change the face of lighting. You present your ideas to the technology working group in your area. They are astounded. They perform experiments, using the scientific method, to determine if this is legit. It is. They immediately input this information into the world wide systems database. It is reviewed by the computer program through a series of checks and balances that will let us know if it is safer, more efficient, and all around better for the planet and for the people. If it is, then it is incorporated into the production of light bulbs and the technology is updated. (Notice there is no concern about jobs, profit, or companies losing market shares because of a new technology in this scenario.)

Scenario 7: You have a family. A couple of kids. You want to love them and give them all the time in the world. You want to watch them grow and be involved in their lives. You want to encourage them and let them know you love them. You also want to spend time with your spouse, and your friends, and your extended family. Guess what? You can do all of that. Think about never having to work two or three jobs to support your family. Never having to work super late hours just to put food on the table or pay for your mortgage. You live in a nice place that has all the comforts you could ask and it doesn’t cost a cent. It is your right as a human to have shelter, and this right is recognized. You have all the fresh food and all the time in the world to prepare it. You are free to be with your loved ones and develop sustaining, loving relationships.

I could think of so many more scenarios, but so could you. Think about it. Really think about what this system would feel like, how it would feel to be in a world where you are as free as you can possibly be to do anything you want, AS LONG AS IT DOESN’T HURT ANYONE ELSE OR THE PLANET. Pretty simple rule, hmm? Yet seemingly so hard to accept.

If you read my posts, and you think this is a great idea but you don’t know how it can possibly be accomplished or what we can do to bring it about, I tell you: just tell someone about it. Tell someone about The Zeitgeist Movement. Tell them about The Venus Project.  Tell them about my blog. Have them watch Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (which is soon to be available on Netflix). The best and quickest way to action is to get people aware and to get them demanding change. Not everyone will have time or the will to promote this idea. But enough of us will, if enough of us know about it. One person can be the tipping point.

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24 thoughts on “A day in the life of a Resource-Based Economy

  1. Awesome, Kim. Painting a picture of the possibilities is a perfect plan to promote participation. Peace and Blessings

  2. Hello Kim..Your article was nicely written. You were able to visualize the life in RBE from our common ground we have now and achieved it wonderfully. To increase your ideas, about how our values, technology and culture would be in the near future I highly recommend you to checkout the book Looking Forward by Jacque Fresco. Halfway through the book begins a fictional yet fascinating depiction of life in a RBE from the view of an amazing couple Scott and Hella. Scott and Hella have many interesting conversations and Jacque creates an amazing picture of how they enjoyed their days. You would be shcoked it came out in 1969!

    Here is the link:

    Peace. 🙂

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  4. I’m just curios about something: you wrote that there is no property, so if you have car it’s actually not your and anyone can use it and take it… That is pretty fine, but what about houses? You live in a house, you go out one day and someone come in and take “your” house? There must be some “property” rights or anyone would be taking everything from everybody…

    • hey matej. someone else asked the same question when TZM posted this on their blog. another reader answered it beautifully. why would someone come and take your house when they can just build their own for free? or there would be plenty of housing for them to choose from already built. and, IF some random person would try to do something like that you would probably refer them to some counseling or something. i don’t imagine guns and violence in an RBE, and if someone tried to “take” your stuff that way, they would be referred for help.

  5. This is so far removed from what we are now – a dream as opposed to the nightmare we’ve created. Ive spent many hours thinking and trying to work out how we could transform what we have into what we could have. The trouble is, I’m not sure humanity is ready for it. I think there are too many people in the world who are still here for the free ride, and despite your beautiful aspirations which many of us would embrace and realise you get back what you put in, there are still to many that wouldnt and would be on the take.
    When I first woke up and realised what was going on, I thought 300 years would be the minimum time in which we could expect to bring about change by this much…Ive since reduced this somewhat as I realise now that consiousness is changing exponentially, but I still worry that it will take too long and that it will be too late…..
    ….and can you imagine the carnage that transformation is about to cause as the ‘have’s’ fight tooth and nail to retain our outdated ways?
    Dare to dream x

    • i hear you steve. i don’t think i’ll necessarily be alive to see something like this. i just know i have to spread the word because it’s the only thing that makes sense to me now. if i die trying to do it or my whole life is spent railing against this effed up world we’ve created now, then that’s what I’ll do. i guess that’s how i have to look at it. dare to dream indeed!

      • These ideas are absolutely worth spreading. Please, keep writing posts like this, Keemseek! Thanks!

  6. Reblogged this on PANACEA and commented:
    It’ll go something like this. NPV will be the unseen operating system that will allow a seamless transition from profit-making to value creation.

  7. Awesome article!
    Love finding people who have the same dreams as myself, if we keep sharing the word, hopefully the change will just happen.

  8. Thank You so much for the visioning!!! I just read about the Solutions expressed in the Thrive Movement website. There are 600 people already gathering in Taos, NM to make changes in that community. I am grateful & hopeful!!!

  9. This sounds like utopia, but I’m wondering who does the dirty work – sanitation, other difficult labor that isn’t appealing, but needs to get done in order for there to be a healthy environment. Under this system, do you imagine there are people for whom this kind of work is a joy?

    • At the point that this sort of system comes to fruition, we would have built systems to do that kind of work and free humans from having to do it. Sanitation and other labor intense work would be done quickly and efficiently through the use of automation and technology. This sort of automation is already possible, but we don’t have the money to build all of it. That is a huge part of the Zeitgeist Movement and a resource-based economy – freeing humans from drudgery so we don’t have to A) work for a living and B) give us time to devote to the things we love and want to help with.

    • Furthermore, automation in an RBE allows an emergent society to flourish. Everyone has the opportunity to become a contributor, rather than a consumer. In the areas of sustainability and increased efficiency this model of streamlining productivity at all levels within society, allows continuous fluent change within this new system. A Utopian society is a fixed society based on reaching a final goal. In a Resource Based Economy, there are no final frontiers, as it is constantly changing and adapting with new and transforming information. This type of society would adapt to updated modes and methods of science as they become known and thereby advance technology and optimum productivity of goods and services on a continuous basis for generations to come. There is very little to no waste in this society because products will be reused and new parts that adapt to already existing systems, would be put in place. For example, you could use the same personal computer your whole life, because the life of the good would be extended through simply replacing parts that have worn out. This would mean no more landfills. Seriously, look into this, we all have to agree on this before it could ever come to pass. Its ironic that the only true difficulty about getting an RBE launched is not technical, its social. We have a culture lag that won’t quit. Some people may have to retire and well you know, get old and pass on before we can get this airplane off the ground. That is the real challenge.

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