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    4th Annual Zeitgeist Media Festival Oct 4th 2014

    Uniting the world through the power of art, the Zeitgeist Media Festival is back for its fourth annual main event. Occurring at The Federal in North Hollywood, Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 6pm-11pm, this not-for-profit activist arts festival features live music, comedy, short films, spoken word and more.

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    3rd Annual News Coverage

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    Thank You! Fantastic Zday 2014!

    As of March 19th, most ZDay events have occurred in about 40 countries and we are getting great media and reviews. Sold out events in Toronto, London and others will be uploaded soon! Please send us your media if you have not.

    Post ZDay Review with Abby Martin!

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    ZDay 2013 Lecture Series Two DVD Set via Torrent

    Great activist tool. This 2 DVD set contains the talks from The Zeitgeist Movement's flagship awareness event known as "Zeitgeist Day" (aka Zday). This DVD Set is from the 5th annual Main Event that was held in Los Angeles, CA on March 17th, 2013. 12 Lectures in 6 Hours. Go Here

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    RT Interview - The Zeitgeist Movement Defined November 14th 2013

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    Peter Joseph exclusive interview with Abby Martin of "Breaking The Set" on Russia Today.

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    Economic Calculation in a NLRBE by TZM Germany with Peter Joseph

    “Economic Calculation in a Natural Law/Resource-Based Economy”, Nov. 12th 2013

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    Thank you TZM Germany for a great event.

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    TZM's New Orientation Guide Full Book now Online!

    The Zeitgeist Movement's new Orientation Guide "The Zeitgeist Movement Defined" has been released.

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    The Zeitgeist Movement on The Young Turks 40 Min Interview with Peter Joseph

    Published on Mar 14, 2013 "This week, Cenk Uygur sits down with Peter Joseph, founder of the Zeitgeist movement. The Zeitgeist movement's goal is to create global sustainability by changing established social systems. Can people save the world by changing socially? Is the market economy responsible for corruption, and is it serving its original purpose? Does the market economy leave room for true freewill, and is it truly possible to shed ourselves of material goods?

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    Join us each week for our Podcast! Every Wed at 1pm PST

    Free TZM Global Show Archives: Free Archive

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    TZM Official Chapters Portal Helping Global Chapters

    Huge Thanks to our dedicated Chapters Coordinators for this helpful contribution!

    OFFICIAL TZM CHAPTERS WEBSITE

    NEW CHAPTERS GUIDE

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    TZM on Russia Today 'Boom and Bust' The Failures of Capitalism

    Peter speaks with Erin on RT's Boom and Bust, March 5th 2014

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See Current List of Events on the bottom right of this page.

Events/Townhalls

What is a TZM Event?

The Zeitgeist Movement's Townhall/Event Meetings are live, public events conducted by Official Regional Chapters. These localized events are similar in function to our annual global "Zeitgeist Day" (ZDAY) events but ideally occur monthly, rather than annually. Modeled after patterns proven effective by civil right's movements historically, the goal is to inform the public of TZM's understandings and goals and hence grow awareness and membership

While annual events such as "ZDAY" and TZM Media Festival are critical annual Chapter events for public awareness in a large scale context, these local, smaller monthly events serve to provide a more grassroots, personal engagement, working to create regional momentum and continued interest. As denoted in TZM materials, the power of our work is only as good as the techniques we utilize to inform others of our observations and intents. While internet based activism is indeed powerful, live human interaction is critical to Chapter development and hence the goal of global critical mass. This also opens the door for more press coverage as well, which is important.

Ideally, these events should be synchronized globally. As a general suggestion, the 3rd weekend of each month is the current period. As this process develops, a dynamic Global Map will posted on this website to show all monthly events.

Space & Format:

Keep it simple. TZM Townhalls do not need to be epic, expensive or complex. Each Regional Chapter should estimate their attendance and find an inexpensive space which fits. As your monthly events continue, you naturally adapt the environment based upon the ongoing response. A 20-50 person seated space for a 1-2 hour event is likely common for many. While in the big city centers, up to 200 people might be comfortable. A small video projection system for visual aids is also suggested for the clarity of your presentations.

The format for the Event itself is left to the creativity of the Chapter Event Coordinators and presenters but here are a number of suggestions:

1) Intro Orientation: A 10-15 introduction to the history of The Movement, its basic observations with respect to the current economic model and supporting values, along the trains of thought that arrive at the need for a new social model (Resource-Based Economy) is a good way to begin.

2) TZM News: Announcements of new data or programs emerging globally or regionally.

3) Societal Breakdown Update: As many are seeing across the world, our system continue to shows severe signs of deterioration from the loss of labor, to increasing homelessness, to mass starvation, to ecological collapse, etc. Sharing recent news about current problems both regionally and globally, providing the correct context for these problems with respect to the foundational flaws of the current socio-economic system, is critical.

4) Problem Solving Update: Just as new data about ecological and social problems is important to identify in the proper causal context, it is also critical to show the state of solutions. Scientific advancements are emerging at a exponential rate, while the social application of these advancements are often hindered by the economic system itself. Discussions of such advancements which can improve Public Health and hence Social Sustainability is the backbone of what TZM represents.

5) Guest Speakers: There are numerous small and large, 3rd party organizations which have ideas about sustainability and progress. Inviting such figures to give their research is a great way to bridge connections and expand.

6) Q&A: The traditional definition of "TownHall" is the open engagement of the public via questions and answers. A 20 min period for such is suggested.

Here are some lecture format/content examples:

Ben Mcleish Lectures:

Peter Joseph Lectures:

Documentation:

At each event, an Email List Sign in Book is suggested. This can be kept near the exit. Those in attendance can write down their emails for your Chapter to insert into your website's database for your Newsletters/Updates.

As far as the event itself — live, free streaming (Ustream, if you have internal access in the space.) and direct recording/upload is highly recommended. They should be posted on your local chapters Youtube/Networking sites. This is important as it continues to inform the internet audience as well and show the momentum, generating more interest.

Promotion:

Apart from your Chapter's mailing lists and word of mouth, posting flyers and ads in local papers is a common practice for promotion. Using Social Networks such as Facebook and the like is also effective and suggested.

Access and Security:

Ideally, admission to these events are free and open. However, often that is not possible financially considering the rental of the space and equipment. It is up to the Chapters to find balance in this regard. Having suggested donations at the door is better than a fixed ticket price, gesturally. In the event the budget to begin with is not available, transparent Chipin like donations are allowed but any abuse of this will not be tolerated. TZM is not a donation or monetarily driven movement. It is about time and resources, not money.

Sadly, as with any advancement for true social change, tension and dispute is possible. Larger events might need to have some form of security. It is at the discretion of each Chapter to gauge such a need. This might incur a budget requirement as well. Overall, the approach to these meetings should be calm, objective and non-inflammatory. Any person attending with hostility should be treated with respect to avoid disputes. it is important that those chapter members creating these events be prepared to handle, in a civil, respectful way, anyone who might cause problems. Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules for this but generally speaking if respect is shown, respect is reciprocated.

Event Posting:

While a more automated system is a being developed for Event Submissions, for now please simply send the event info to:

Submit Your Event: events@thezeitgeistmovement.com

To avoid confusion and possible abuse, only Official Chapter Coordinators can submit these events. Please join/contact your local Chapter if you would like to host such an event in your area.

Please see the Toolkit and Media Project for Resources.