What would YOU do in a Resource Based Economy? Share your thoughts!

What would YOU do in a Resource Based Economy?

Please share your thoughts about this in the comments field below.

Trying to imagine a moneyless society from the mindset of the monetary system is difficult. Still, it seems that more and more people are able to do just that. And, it is imagining this what we need. We need visions and visionaries. And we need to share those visions with each other in an open and honest way. Hopefully this website can contribute to that.

The term ‘resource based economy’ has been largely connected with The Venus Project. The way it is described there requires a drastic change in infrastructure, technology, transportation and more to be realized. I am not saying that this will never come to pass. If our mindsets changes enough we WILL necessarily also change the world around us into a more efficient and sustainable world. Not necessarily exactly like TVP envisions it, but still.

But this is why I would like you to imagine what a moneyless society would be like TODAY. We don’t need to wait for society to break down before we can live in a resource based economy.

If we simply dropped money and ownership, and everybody started doing what they do to contribute to society we can have RBE right away. And all the people in the ‘money only’ jobs, like bankers and insurance agents plus many many more, would be available for real work that contributes. Thus, we would have a workforce unparalleled to help build this new sustainable world. There wouldn’t be any lack of people to do anything.

There would be much LESS to do, though, since most of the things we do today, we only do to serve the monetary system and not because we really enjoy doing it. Even without extra technology, we would have much more leisure time than we have today.

So, let’s imagine that money vanished TODAY, but that all the things and technology we have was still there to use, and all the people wanted this change.

What would you do with your life? What would happen with your profession? What would come instead?

Would you go on a holiday?

Would you contribute to society in some way?

Would you enjoy yourself?

What would you do?

How will it work?

I am looking forward to all the comments on this post. Together they will be a small proof that RBE will work. And the more proof we get, the closer we get to RBE.

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Living Without Money – A New Documentary

The documentary Living Without Money portraits the life of 68 year old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. She cancelled her apartment, gave away all of her belongings and kept nothing but a suitcase full of clothes. This was a decision that changed the entire outlook on her life dramatically.

Today, after 14 years, she is still living almost without money and claims she is feeling more free and independent than ever.  The film follows Heidemarie in her day to day life and shows the challenges she meets by living an alternative lifestyle. Check out the trailer here:

The film is due in april 2011 where the film makers offer free screening rights if you want to show the movie in your hometown. Check out their homepage for more info: livingwithoutmoney.org

I am really looking forward to see this movie. It isn’t directly about a resource based economy, but more about the possibility of having a ‘moneyless mindset’, even in the midst of the ‘money jungle’ this society is. When Heidemarie can do this today, everyone should be able to do this as soon as it gets more common. And it should be part of a proof that RBE can work. That money isn’t necessary, and that we’re all much better off without it.

You can also read an article about Heidemarie in The Sunday Times.