A brilliant man with a brilliant mind passed away peacefully last week, aged 101. With his death many ideas for a better, more sustainable society will go with him, however, his legacy lives on.
Jacque Fresco, founder of The Venus Project passed away due to complications with Parkinson’s disease. His blueprints for a sustainable society rejected current models of capitalism, considering them a path to self-destruction. The Venus Project’s map for resource-based economics has been revered by many.
As a “futurist” Fresco envisioned energy efficiency, technological advancements and a peaceful world. Not a stranger to hardship, Fresco experienced The Great Depression. He was old enough to witness both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, through to our current unending cycle of battle overseas.
Perhaps the economic hardships of his time helped propel his already imaginative ideas – ideas that called for a straight up redesign of our culture. Starting at age 13, Fresco began investigating different means to support the human race fairly. Fresco’s hope was for a world where homelessness and crime are dramatically reduced; hunger and poverty would become a memory; peace would be achieved for all; and people of all backgrounds, creeds and religions would be able to access what they need, when they need it, without any restriction.
On July 17, 2016, Jacque Fresco received an award at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations for City Design & Community from the NOVUS Summit in conjunction with the United Nations division UN DESA.
As Alek reported during his interview with the utopian architect:
“One of the cornerstones of the organization’s findings is the fact that many of the dysfunctional behaviors of today’s society stem directly from the dehumanizing environment of a monetary system. In addition, automation has resulted in the technological replacement of human labor by machines, and eventually, most people will not have the purchasing power to buy the goods and services turned out.”
The Venus Project served to integrate automation and technology with a more holistic approach to humanity.
“If you want a better world you have to work towards it. If you do nothing, nothing will happen,” Fresco would say.
Jacque Fresco’s innovative ideas will surely be missed, but his legacy will undoubtedly live on.