Resource Based Economy: A New Vision For Humanity
Creating a world where every person has a high standard of living and personal fulfillment, while the environment is protected and restored.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
Our work at Resource Based Economy is about a new approach to global problem solving. Today, science and technology are capable of providing a very high standard of living for all people on the planet, without jeopardizing the environment. We recognize this and we propose a new social model where the tremendous potential of science and technology is unleashed towards social betterment.
The core of the idea is that a holistic, systems approach is used to address humanity's grand challenges. Instead of improving any one area of society, the whole social operating system is updated. Every aspect of society benefits as a result of this.
To move beyond theory and implement this in practice, we are now in design and development stages of a major construction project called the Center for Resource Management ( https://www.resourcebasedeconomy.org/center-for-resource-management/ ). It aims to demonstrate how society could be organized in this way: all members of the community in the Center for Resource Management will have free access to housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, education, and more. The point is to show what the outcome can be if everything is designed to maximize the standard of living and enhance the environment.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
The Center for Resource Management will be a pilot project, housing a few hundred people. When built, the people living there will be designing the infrastructure and systems for a full experimental city. This city would likely house a few thousand people. The population in this first city will be designing the next city, which will be even larger. Through such progressively larger experiments, the city design and the new social model the cities will operate under can be gradually improved and any problem areas addressed.
Education will be a major part of this. The educational systems will be an essential part of the city and social system design. An important initiative will be to provide education to the general public, especially by inviting people to visit and live in these new cities. We think that once the new social model is validated and scaled up, millions and eventually billions of people from around the world will choose to live in these new cities and new social system.
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
A major difference setting this project apart from other initiatives that tackle humanity’s grand challenges is the systems approach to imagining how society could operate. The focus is on re-thinking all areas of society and building a new social system from scratch. Unleashing science and technology to maximize quality of life, rather than profits, is one of our goals.
Instead of money, our proposed social model is concerned with resources. It recognizes that humanity has the resources and technical know-how to build the best hospitals, schools, transportation systems, and houses all over the world. But there is not enough money to do all of this. So rather than the traditional approach of seeking to change laws and allocate budget to some initiative, our proposed approach looks at how to design the best solutions based on the available resources and the current state of technology. These solutions are then made available to all people, at no cost.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
Our work focuses on producing media to inform the public about our proposed social direction, and on organizing volunteer teams and resources towards realizing this direction.
Our website is: https://www.resourcebasedeconomy.org
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
We would like to collaborate with universities, and eventually cities, countries and international organizations such as the United Nations. We would like to initiate global planning for humanity - something which is severely lacking currently.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
The amount of time it will take to build the Center for Resource Management will primarily depend on the support we get. We have put together a vision, a plan of action and a competent team. Receiving sufficient support will allow the Center for Resource Management to be implemented within 36 months.
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)