Three years ago, Jacque Fresco was presented the Sustainable Cities & Communities award at the 2016 NOVUS Summit in conjunction with the United Nations division, UN DESA. It was a fitting recognition of his decades of work and research into sustainability, cities and communities.
Jacque’s holistic approach to cities was part of a sustainable social design that I was extremely fortunate to have collaborated on with him for 41 years. He enabled people all over the planet to understand how it could be possible to develop an environment which could surpass politics, poverty and war, where the main concern is the well-being of people, as well as the protection and restoration of the environment.
I was grateful to learn that I was invited to speak on July 20th at the 2019 NOVUS Summit, which was to be held at the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations headquarters in New York: https://novussummit.org/speakers/ The theme “Transforming Our World – Moonshots – Making the Impossible Possible” sounded perfect for introducing and expanding on The Venus Project’s innovative social direction. I also thought this would be the appropriate place for the debut of our latest CGI renderings of the Center for Resource Management to help people understand the steps we are taking toward the implementation of this sustainable social approach.
Unfortunately, the event had to be downsized at the last minute and was moved to a separate, smaller conference room within the UN. Consequently, the event also had to be reduced by three hundred attendees and several speakers, including myself.
I made many worthwhile connections with people who were not aware of The Venus Project and was pleased to have many people approach me who have been following The Venus Project for years. I also had the opportunity to do an audio interview for selected speakers and attendees.
Much of the event was concerned with going to space. The Venus Project works toward solving our problems here on Earth; where all of Earth’s resources would eventually become the common heritage of all the world’s people, eliminating the artificial boundaries that separate us. At that time—when we grow up as a species and attain a more appropriate value system as to how to interact with the environment and one another—we will be able to venture to outer space without bringing our inappropriate and destructive behaviors to other places in the universe.