ZMCA Newsletter March 2013

ZMCA Newsletter March 2013

5th Annual Zeitgeist Day 2013
Realizing Human Progress & Sustainability

With hundreds of events happening all over the world the weekend of March 16th & 17th, this year's Main Event will take place in Los Angeles, CA at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. This daylong event showcases current understandings in the areas of Human Values, Monetary Economics, Applied Science, Technological Unemployment and Environmental Sustainability.

10 lessons about conflicts in activism

10 lessons about conflicts in activism

After three years sharing this workspace, I've passed through several crises within this movement, which, as with any other group, is formed by people with distortions and a wide range of understandings. Also, as with any other group, it has biases and dysfunctions. I've lived the split of the only two global movements that proposed a solid alternative to our state of things: The Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement. I've seen and have participated (by action or idleness) in the desintegration of a chapter with more than 20 activist working as a true coordinated team.

The Zombie as Barometer of Capitalist Anxiety

The Zombie as Barometer of Capitalist Anxiety

The modern incarnation of the zombie, as seen strewn across pop culture horror novels and films in ever-increasing numbers, is easily recognized and radically different from its historical roots; any member of our modern Western culture can spot the gray, often rotting flesh, the black eyes, the dishevelled appearance, the shuffling gait, the wretched moaning, and, of course, the bloody mouths flecked with fresh flesh and detritus.

What are the Requirements for Happiness, and are We Meeting Them?

What are the Requirements for Happiness, and are We Meeting Them?

What are the Requirements for Happiness, and are We Meeting Them?

As a global society there is surely no better cause than seeking sustained happiness for as many of the world’s people as possible. To help with this cause this work aims to outline the things we need in order to be happy, and explains how, for many of us, these needs are not being fully met. It appears human beings (homo sapiens) have at least three requirements for a generally happy existence: basic health, positive social relationships and a meaningful purpose. Without all three of these needs met it is unlikely, perhaps even impossible, for someone to be able to live happily throughout their life.

Toxicity Confirmed for Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-resistant GM Maize

Toxicity Confirmed for Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-resistant GM Maize

As we rolled into a new calendar year, most people were probably unaware of a 'storm in a teacup' that was brewing in one corner of the scientific community. In November of 2012 a team from the universities of Caen and Verona reported their findings after a few years of research into what is currently the single most-used pesticide in the world and a species of corn genetically modified to tolerate it, both patented by the Monsanto corporation.

Forget the Class War, How to Win the Fight Against the Elite

Forget the Class War, How to Win the Fight Against the Elite

While we all need to get angry before anything can change, anger will only get us so far. For anger may inspire action, but it won't fix anything.

Recently I've heard calls for a "class war". What strikes me most about this suggestion is the sheer stupidity behind it.

First of all, despite greater numbers, what chance does a mob of working class people have against a heavily armed, well trained military industrial complex?

Federico Pistono at TZM Interviews

Federico Pistono at TZM Interviews

TZM Interviews is a new form of dialog that brings proactive, visionary and inspiring people into this conversation about how the scientific method for social concern applies to global sustainability and how to effectively change the world. This month our guest is Federico Pistono, former coordinator of the Italian Chapter for The Zeitgeist Movement, author, blogger, activist and more...

Planned Obsolescence for the Monetary System: The 4-Hour Workday

Planned Obsolescence for the Monetary System: The 4-Hour Workday


www.4hourworkday.org

Buckminster Fuller once said: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." Let's make that happen then. Let's make this current Monetary System obsolete by establishing the 4-Hour Workday worldwide and lead the path into a new model, a Resource Based Economy.

How to Spot BS and Never Feel Insulted Again: A Brief Introduction to General Semantics and Non-Violent Communication

How to Spot BS and Never Feel Insulted Again: A Brief Introduction to General Semantics and Non-Violent Communication

There are few things quite so mis-understood by humans as their own psyche and behaviours. A few examples of our distortions from reality include concepts such as the existence of 'good and evil' people, or of a human having a distinctly separate 'mind and body' and hence having separate 'mental' and 'physical' health. Such old superstitions are still passed around human cultures today, even decades after evidence that shows them to be irrelevant has passed from the cutting edge of science.

Spreading the Word Through Consistent Movement Wide Media Programs

Spreading the Word Through Consistent Movement Wide Media Programs

As a follow-up to my first blog post (Why We Should Develop a Strategy for Online Activism), I would like to propose an idea that my chapter is currently trying out for the purposes of spreading the word about the topics, ideas, and issues related to a resource-based economy.