The amazing misadventures of Monetary-marketopithecus
Welcome to the TZM newsletter for June 2013. With the violent floods in central Europe and the two devastating Hurricanes in Oklahoma in recent weeks, we have more evidence of extreme weather events way outside of norms. In the UK, a recent joint report by 25 environmental organisations shows that 60 percent of British wildlife species are in decline.
Facebook participation and Non Violent communication
Regrettably, we at TZM UK have noticed of late that not all of our active Social networking contributors seem to have grasped the spirit of TZM when making or responding to posts on our Main UK Facebook group, and those of some of the regional chapters. Perhaps understandably, some have become frustrated and disillusioned by the fact that we’re still stuck with the monetary-marketopithecine malaise as much as ever, and we don’t seem to be getting any closer to living out that iconic final scene from Zeitgeist: moving Forward. Some are resorting to taking out their frustration on other members and have descended into inflammatory, aggressive and egotistical language that is counter productive to the spirit what we are all here to kindle. If you’re one of these people, and you really can’t resit the temptation to carry on in this destructive and belligerent fashion, then please consider joining the facebook group of a mainstream political party instead, where you’ll be sure to feel much more at home!
On a positive note, this brings us to an appropriate juncture to introduce the work of organisation much respected by the Zeitgeist Movement: The Centre for Non-Violent communication.
The Centre for Non-violent Communication (www.CNVC.org) is a global organization whose vision is a world where all people are getting their needs met and resolving their conflicts peacefully. In this vision, people are using NVC to create and participate in networks of worldwide life-serving systems in economics, education, justice, healthcare and peace-keeping.
It links trainers, organisers and supporters working with people from all walks of life in 35 countries.
Marshall Rosenberg began developing his model of Non-violent Communication more than forty years ago in the US, in response to the physical, emotional and spiritual violence he witnessed in society. Like Jacque Fresco, he recognises that much of the conflict that blows up between people today is the result of the flawed and obsolete language structures we have been conditioned with. Since his first visit to the UK in 1993, enthusiasts here have developed a variety of approaches for making NVC accessible to others.
NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviours taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.
People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.
The NVC community is active in over 65 countries around the globe. Find out more about how NVC is changing the world and how you can get involved.
We thoroughly recommend you spend some time watching some of Marshall Rosenberg’s Videos for more insight into his work. Have a look at this playlist.
A message from get out of Debt free
A number of illuminating web sites have been developed to help the public increase their awareness of the unjust practices that abound in the jungle of the business and law today, and the ways they can protect themselves against some of them. They explore our inalienable rights under common law, and how those with power and influence are not as honest as they might be in informing us on where we really stand. Have you met your straw-man? Did you know he lives in your house? If not, be sure to watch this concise but revealing five-minute pearl of wisdom, released by campaign group TPUC: and help make it viral!!
Please give your support to the moneyless voyage
Colin Turner, founder of The Free World Charter website is looking for some help with an idea he feels could greatly help the free world initiative and introduce its concepts to many more people.
This August, my girlfriend and I are embarking on a slightly unusual journey: we’re going to begin travelling around the world without money! Yes, that’s right – not a cent!!
I want to show that it can be done using our amazing human network and the inherent good will of people – and to capture the experience in a video documentary along the way. I want to meet and talk to people, exchange ideas and visit some of the exciting new projects already ongoing, to learn from them and to showcase their work.
I can’t think of a better way to highlight the concept of a moneyless, borderless, more positive society than to get out there and live it, film it, and have great fun along the way! It’s an exciting and ambitious project, but we need support. Without using money, we are going to need food, accommodation and transport etc. Can you help us with this? Remember, we won’t be paying for or buying anything, but are to happy to work, help out, or even play and sing wherever we can! What do you think? Will you support us?
On August 1st, we’ll be leaving Dublin, Ireland, travelling North, on to Scotland then through England and into mainland Europe. After that, who knows? Your support, wherever you are in the world, will help us to plan and make possible this trip. If you can help us, that would be fantastic! We would love to come and meet you!
I think this is a great opportunity for us to make real world connections, promote our ideas, and, most importantly, to demonstrate the natural good will of people that will form the basis of our future free society. Capturing this adventure in a video documentary will, I believe, be a very powerful and positive message of hope during these transitional times.
If you’d like to help us, please register your support on our new networking site: http://www.freeworlder.org/ *Remember to include your location, an email and a telephone number so we can get in touch with you when we are close to your area. (Don’t worry, your contact details won’t be published on the site)
Thanks a million, and we hope to see you soon! 🙂
All the best,
Calling all armchair activists – get on board with Linkedin!
It has been observed that once ten percent of a population share a new idea with conviction, then that idea will cease to be ridiculed and be adopted by the mainstream population. Are you ready and willing to do your bit to spread the word and get the TZM train of thought reverberating throughout the wider online community? Will you be the one to wake up the 100th monkey? You may already be active on Facebook and Twitter, but how about Linkedin? There’s a whole world of online business network groups waiting for your explosive contribution to their otherwise often dull, trite discussion groups! Once you become a member of www.linkedin.com then you can do a search for all the ‘business networking’ groups in your county or local major city. Depending on your own background and experience, you could also join local groups for political parties, religious groups or academic institutions.
Some of these groups can have more than 1000 members, and your evocative posts can have a big impact on the prevailing social climate. If six thousand of us at TZMUK apply ourselves diligently and contribute regular illuminating TZM-related topics to these forums in our regions, this will leave the online business networking community no place to hide from the concept of the resource based economy – it will feel a lot more than ten-percent’s worth of popular conviction to anyone receiving updates from that forum!
If you’d like some ideas on topics you could post, try some of these for starters: –
When will technological unemployment render the monetary system untenable?
For how long can we maintain infinite growth on a physically finite planet?
Do you have a new business plan ready for the post economic –collapse era?
Do you feel mainstream media is giving you the whole picture or do you visit online alternative media?
Are you happy for banks to keep taxing all your economic activity?
If you can think of some great post titles of your own to share, or would like to pick up some ideas from fellow members, come along to the creative workshop on Facebook
If you have anything you would like to add to our next newsletter, you’re welcome to email our newsletter team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also hold regular online voice meetings through TeamSpeak.