CENTER FOR RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Venus Project has begun development of its next phase:
the Center for Resource Management.
This facility will showcase The Venus Project’s vision and will act as a stepping stone towards the development of our proposed network of cities.

Center for Rsource Management - Side View
A LIVING LAB FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
The Center for Resource Management, in collaboration with partners from around the world, will test and advance solutions for an entirely new social system, along with approaches to restoring the Earth’s collapsing ecosystems.

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING, FOOD, ENERGY, AND MORE
As an integrated total system, the Center for Resource Management will showcase a systems approach to sustainability across the entire social complex.

City Concept
A SOCIAL BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE CITIES
The Center for Resource Management will create an evolving social blueprint upon which highly efficient future cities can be built.

The Center for Resource Management demonstrates a holistic approach* to social betterment, helping to initiate the next stage of social evolution in order to solve humanity's global challenges.

MEET THE TEAM

The drawings and specifications for the Center for Resource Management are being developed by a globally distributed multi-disciplinary volunteer technical team. This organized group of architects, engineers, technicians and specialists are taking action using their unique skill sets to materialize the technical details required to see this project become a reality. Let's meet some of the team!

Adam Bouzane, D.EDDT
Project Manager
Adam has 16 years of Architectural and Engineering design experience... Read More
Georgi Tsochev
Lead Architect
As every architect, I am trained to look for feasible, logical, and sound outcomes of the cases I encounter in my profession... Read More
Sherry Swiney
Lead Quantity Surveyor
Over 30 years of experience in Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing... Read More
Alexander Rodriguez
Lead Electrical Engineer
Alex works professionally as a senior electrical engineer and has over 11 years industrial experience... Read More
Seán O’Callaghan
Electrical Engineer/Contributor
Engineer and Sustainability professional (B.Eng, M.Sc RES, MIET), EV early adopter... Read More
Larry Mintz
Statistician/Contributor
Larry fulfills a statistician role in this project... Read More
Kevin Mulvey
Architectural Designer
Kevin works professionally as an Architectural Technician and has over 10 years of experience... Read More
Augustinas Lipskis
Mechanical Engineer
Augustinas works professionally as an HVAC engineer. Read More
Frixos Proedrou
Nutritionist/Dietitian
I am a nutritionist/dietician specialized in clinical nutrition and dietetics. I have been working for 10+ years... Read More
Guilherme Forton Viotti
Project Manager
Graduated in business administration with minor in economics... Read More
Geisa Thielen
Water Management
Geisa has 10 years of experience in the engineering field. Her diverse background... Read More
Roxanne Meadows
Master Planning
For 41 years, Roxanne Meadows has worked with renowned futurist Jacque Fresco... Read More
Borislav Zlatanov
Education, IT Automation
Borislav has embraced developing an interdisciplinary skill set... Read More
Gabriel Avila
Project Manager
Gabriel has over 20 years of expertise in technology solutions implementation... Read More
Eoghan Brophy
Medical/Facility Management
Eoghan has a variety of experience in a variety of fields ranging from IT, pharmacology... Read More
Vijayakumar Narayanan
Lead Agriculturist / Aquaponics Futurist
Seven plus years as Aquaponics Farmer, Independent Aquaponics Research, Independent Aquaponics Consultant... Read More
LEO JK
Architect, Technologist & MEP Engineer
Extensive Practical Engineering & Construction Experience (more than 10 years)... Read More

MASTERPLAN

The sections below provide more detail about the functioning of the Center for Resource Management and our overall plan.


1. The Vision
The Venus Project envisions a world where all people on the planet have their needs met, and the Earth’s ecosystems are protected and restored. In this vision, human activity is in symbiosis with nature, and all people live peacefully in a world with no borders. To achieve this ambitious vision, The Venus Project is initiating a small-scale project – The Center for Resource Management, with an exponential increase in global impact through replicating and scaling it, as described in the next sections.

The Venus Project seeks to create a Global Resource Based Economy, which is an emergent society, as opposed to the established societies of today. The chart below lists some key differences between our goals and the practices common in most parts of the world today:

Resource Based Economy Established Societies
Opt-in – each person chooses whether they want to live and participate in this society, and can leave at any point in time Imposed
Continuous feedback from all members of society about how well their needs are met People’s needs are often overlooked or disregarded
Continuous protection and preservation of the planet’s ecosystems, and knowledge about their state Care for the environment is usually in reverse relationship to business profitability. Practices and regulations might be changed only after huge crises and devastation has been caused.
Iterative planning Big, hard-to-change, top-down-enforced plans
All aspects of society undergo continuous change: governance, economics, education, technology, and more Change in some elements of society (e.g. technology), but stagnation in the foundations: governance, economics, education, and others
Responsive to change Change is difficult or resisted by the established groups
Focused on creating abundance for all Focused on maintaining scarcity
Win-win relationships within society (if one person or group wins, everybody wins) Win-lose relationships within society (for one person or group to win, another one has to lose)

Through the intelligent and humane use of the best of science and technology, The Venus Project’s emergent society, which we call a Global Resource Based Economy, can easily provide a high quality of life for all people. This comes in combination with an updated value system that enables people and nations to bridge their differences and work collaboratively towards a common social direction.

This new society:

  • Recognizes the Earth as common heritage of all people
  • Provides free access to all products and services
  • Uses scientific principles, testing and research to arrive at decisions, with social betterment and environmental preservation as the priority
  • Utilizes interdisciplinary teams of experts to look after each area of society. They, too, will eventually delegate their work to more efficient automated systems.


2. The Organization
The Venus Project is an international and globally distributed organization. It operates a Center in Venus, Florida, where in 1980 the founders purchased 21 acres and have since constructed 10 experimental structures. They developed the whole Center over many years, funding it through their outside jobs, without any sponsors or going into debt.

One of the purposes of this Center is to show how technology and nature can co-exist and to help people see what a positive future for all could look like. View the video below for an overview:

The Venus Project has gained worldwide popularity and support. Media coverage has been extensive and in many languages: in newspapers, TV shows, websites, magazines, documentaries, books, blogs and more throughout the world.

Today, the organization is distributed throughout the world, with its members working collaboratively within a number of teams:

  • Academia team
  • Architectural, Engineering, & Construction team
  • Communications team
  • Data-Driven Decisions team
  • Digital Technologies team
  • Editorial team
  • Fundraising team
  • Graphics team
  • Human Resources team
  • Land Acquisition team
  • Marketing team
  • Organizational Structure & Project Management team
  • Public Speaking team
  • Social Media team
  • Sociocyberneering Education Project
  • Transcription team
  • Virtual Reality team
  • Video team
  • Vision team
  • Website team

Some of The Venus Project’s progress to date:

  • A 21-acre Center comprised of 10 buildings has been completed in Venus, Florida by the organization’s founders. Its estimated cost is USD 1,250,000. This was paid for entirely by the founders, Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows, through outside jobs.
  • Over 400 scale models, 5,500 design sketches, video lectures, books, and CGI produced.
  • USD 200k+ funding was raised from public donations to write a script for a major film production to present this social direction to the general public. This is an ongoing project.
  • In 2012, the documentary Paradise or Oblivion was created and translated into 37 languages.
  • In 2016, USD 76,000 was raised from public donations to produce the documentary The Choice Is Ours, which presents this social direction.
  • One of the co-founders of the organization, Jacque Fresco, was awarded the Global Goals Award of Excellence & Leadership for Sustainable Cities & Communities by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in 2016.

The Venus Project was operating as a private corporation for decades. In May 2018, it became a public 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

3. Center for Resource Management

4. Starting step: 1/8th of the Center for Resource Management

The Center for Resource Management’s circular shape can be divided into 8 equal sections:

Center for Resource Management - Eight Sections

To reduce the required upfront costs and operational complexity, we plan to build the whole complex in stages, starting with 1/8th of the circle:

Center for Resource Management - One-Eighth

Because of the systems approach to laying out the site plan, each element is included even when at 1/8th of the scale: agriculture, energy, living premises, amenities, tourism.

In the ideal scenario, once the 1/8th section is in operation, the revenue it generates will be sufficient to build and develop the other 7 sections.

5. Scaling Up For Global Impact

Considering the current state of the planet, we would like a scaling strategy to be able to accomplish the following:

  • Achieve global impact in a short period of time
  • Help reverse urgent environmental crises
  • Employ gradual transition rather than abrupt change
  • Ensure spread throughout the world
  • Go to a larger scale only when the smaller scale has fully matured, and allow for an effective transfer of experience

With the above goals as a starting point, inspiration for our scaling strategy was taken from nature and processes like splitting of beehives and division of cells.

Cells DividingWith each cell dividing, cells increase their numbers at an exponential rate while maintaining the proper functioning of each single cell.
BeehivesBeekeepers split their beehives to get two hives from one.

How our scaling strategy works: When the Center for Resource Management reaches the maximum population it was designed to support, half of its residents will transfer and initiate a first city, while the other half will stay and continue operating the Center for Resource Management. Both of these will then continue taking in people from the outside who choose to join, until they both reach maximum population capacity, upon which they will again split, now forming a total of four. Each of the four will then repeat the same process.

Employing such an exponential process means that after 15 divisions, there can be 16,000 cities. The cities will likely vary in size depending on local conditions and needs. As a thought experiment, we estimate that somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 cities will be sufficient to house all people on the planet. The worldwide interest we’ve already had indicates that, by having tourism and open information about the cities, people will choose to visit and eventually live in them.

It is very important to emphasize that all these cities will be connected with each other like cells are in a living organism, forming an interactive global network, where all available resources, valid information and relevant education are made available abundantly to all people without a price tag or servitude to anyone.

6. Our Progress To Date and Next Steps

The below roadmap shows the progress we have made to date (last updated: Jul 16, 2019):

  • Plan and initiate the Center for Resource Management project. Done
  • Start the volunteer team of architects, engineers and technicians to develop the project. Done
  • Develop conceptual site plan. Done
  • Develop the buildings, infrastructure and operations. In Progress
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      Agriculture & Meal Plans: 10%

      Energy Production: 10%

      Water Resource Management: 15%

      Landscaping: 10%

      Electrical Distribution Network: 5%

      IT/Telecommunications Network: 0%

      Transportation: 10%

      District Energy: 0%

      Business Model: 15%

      Exhibition Of The Future: 5%

      Access center: 0%

      Restaurant: 7%

      Living Premises: 10%

  • Populate the team with experts from disciplines that we are currently missing.
  • Estimate land requirements for the whole complex and the cost of building 1/8th of it.
  • Acquire land.
  • Raise funds for the construction of 1/8th.
  • Physical construction.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

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We need the volunteer assistance of many different professionals. Please expand the technical description below for more details.

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The work for the Center for Resource Management is broken down into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Architectural Programming and Schematic Design
  • Phase 2: Land Acquisition and Detailed Engineering Blueprints
  • Phase 3: Physical Construction of the Center for Resource Management

Assistance from a wide variety of specialists is needed at this time in order to proceed with Phase 1 and Phase 2. We urge the following individuals to step forward and join us on this remarkable endeavor:

  • Access center: Inventory Managers, 3D Printing Specialists
  • Agriculture & Food: Agricultural Specialists, Fish Farming and Aquaponics Experts, Nutritionists & Dietitians, Restaurant Managers, Cooking Automation Experts
  • Building Design: Architects, Structural Engineers, Mechanical/HVAC Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Fire Suppression Engineers, Hydraulics Engineers, Interior Designers
  • Business Model: Business Plan Developers, Agribusiness Specialists, Tourism Experts, Strategic Partnership Managers
  • Cost Analysis: Quantity Surveyors
  • Energy Generation & Distribution: Electrical Engineers, Renewable Energy Experts, Battery Storage Experts, District Energy Geothermal Engineers
  • Facilities Management: Facilities Managers, Environmental Health And Safety Managers
  • Fundraising: See our Fundraising team
  • Land Acquisition: See our Land Acquisition team
  • Landscaping: Landscape Designers, Irrigation Designers, Lighting Designers
  • Medical Care: Healthcare Facilities Managers, Healthcare Professionals
  • Exhibition Of The Future: Museum Directors, Museum Planners, Exhibition Designers, Curators
  • Project Management: BIM Managers
  • Telecommunications: IT/Telecommunications Engineers
  • Transportation: Transportation Engineers, Traffic Engineers
  • Urban Planning: Urban Planners, Architects, Environmental Planners
  • Waste: Experts on Zero Waste, Cradle-to-Cradle principles, Upcycling, Life Cycle Anaylists
  • Water Management: Water Management Engineers, Hydraulics Engineers

Scientists, statisticians, and any other technical specialists who feel their unique skills could be of use are also encouraged to volunteer.

We would like to reiterate that these unpaid voluntary positions are at this time to help advance this first project.

Note that knowing English and having consistent access to a personal computer with Internet connection are prerequisites to joining the team. Also, if you are a software engineer, please look at our other volunteering opportunities.

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Your contribution will help accelerate the progress of development of the Center for Resource Management. As we develop each area of the complex, we will be able to estimate the cost of construction and announce it.

Your support is highly appreciated and is what will make this project possible.