About The Zeitgeist Movement
The Zeitgeist Movement (abbreviated TZM) has a very broad scope of concern. This is what we represent.
In other words:
The Zeitgeist Movement is a global sustainability activist movement presenting the case for the needed transition out of our current unsustainable economic model and into a new sustainable socioeconomic paradigm based on using the best that science and technology have to offer to maximize human, animal and environmental well being in accordance with the natural world.
Why the name "Zeitgeist Movement"?
The term “Zeitgeist” can be defined as: The intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era. The term "movement" implies motion or change. The Zeitgeist Movement is thus a social aim that urges change in the intellectual, moral and cultural climate of the time. Specifically, to values and practices that would better serve the well-being of the whole of humanity.
Outcomes such as hunger, poverty and pollution, or needs such as clean air, food and water, are not technical problems in and of themselves, since solutions already exist to technically solve and provide for each of these. This means that our greatest challenge isn’t the technical application of solutions to create an access abundance for the world’s population. It is the value systems which are perpetuated by established institutions that comprise the largest part of our global society, namely monetary, political and religious establishments.
This task of awareness is so massive and important that it cannot be understated. As our experience has shown, through your own participation in the collaborative efforts of The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM), you will be doing the best possible action to affect real change in the world, as it is a global shift in consciousness that will, in the end, make the biggest difference.
Such hardened value systems, which are created by established orders, are the most difficult to address or update. This is why TZM’s approach is one of a holographic network that takes on that task of engaging the public, relaying information into the current value system - communicating with people as best we can so that the possibility of a sustainable world can exist beyond the inevitable decay of an over-consumption economic model such as we have now.
Our Mission Statement
Founded in 2008, The Zeitgeist Movement is a Sustainability Advocacy Organization which conducts community based activism and awareness actions through a network of Global/Regional Chapters, Project Teams, Annual Events, Media and Charity Work.
The Movement's principle focus includes the recognition that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species at this time are not the sole result of some institutional corruption, scarcity, a political policy, a flaw of "human nature" or other commonly held assumptions of causality in the activist community. Rather, The Movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure.
While intermediate reform steps and temporal Community Support are of interest to The Movement, the defining goal here is the installation of a new socioeconomic model based upon technically responsible Resource Management, Allocation and Distribution through what would be considered The Scientific Method of reasoning problems and finding optimized solutions.
This "Resource-Based Economic Model” is about taking a direct technical approach to social management as opposed to a Monetary or even Political one. It is about updating the workings of society to the most advanced and proven methods Science has to offer, leaving behind the damaging consequences and limiting inhibitions which are generated by our current system of monetary exchange, profits, corporations and other structural and motivational components.
The Movement is loyal to a train of thought, not figures or institutions. In other words, the view held is that through the use of socially targeted research and tested understandings in Science and Technology, we are now able to logically arrive at societal applications which could be profoundly more effective in meeting the needs of the human population. In fact, so much so, that there is little reason to assume war, poverty, 95% of most crime and many other money-based scarcity effects common in our current model cannot be resolved over time.
The range of The Movement's Activism & Awareness Campaigns extend from short to long term. The long term view, which is the transition into a Resource-Based Economic Model, is a constant pursuit and expression, as stated before. However, in the path to get there, The Movement also recognizes the need for transitional Reform techniques, along with direct Community Support.
For instance, while "Monetary Reform" itself is not an end solution proposed by The Movement, the merit of such legislative approaches are still considered valid in the context of transition and temporal integrity. Likewise, while food and clothes drives and other supportive projects to help those in need today is also not considered a long term solution, it is still also considered valid in the context of helping others in a time of need, while also drawing awareness to the principle goal.
The Zeitgeist Movement also has no allegiance to a country or traditional political platforms. It views the world as a single system and the human species as a single family and recognizes that all countries must disarm and learn to share resources and ideas if we expect to survive in the long run. Hence, the solutions arrived at and promoted are in the interest to help everyone on the planet Earth, not a select group.
Awareness activism is the act of bringing new people to this information. There are various ways to accomplish this. A more formal way is to participate in an official chapter. The TZM chapter structure is our communication network to organize world-wide. Official chapters are recognized as self-motivated groups of individuals that understand the Movement's train-of-thought and desire to advocate this social direction in a focused, responsible manner. Chapters themselves are focused on on-the-ground awareness projects and social interaction in regard to this direction, because the real revolution is the revolution of values.