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Monday, December 20, 2010

Announcing RGV Zeitgeist Movement Meeting 8

Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: 3401 N. MAYBERRY APT 1227

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will hold it's eight general meeting on Wednesday, December 22, in the private home of one of our members. Ray Perez has graciously offered us his apartment to use and we thank him for hosting us. Ray has posted extensive instructions to help find his apartment at our Google groups page, and I encourage you to use those directions or contact us in order to help make your way.

Our agenda for this meeting will be to finalize details for the Zeitgeist Moving Forward screening at the South Texas College auditorium. In addition, we will be talking about the next McAllen Art Walk and our activism there, as well as other activism opportunities. In addition, we will discuss producing a standard hard copy of information that new members can use to help develop a clear idea of what our movement is about and how we hope to change the world for the better. We should also start to make definite plans for a meeting and orientation of any new members we receive after the ZMF screening. Along with that, we will focus on getting better at articulating our ideas to people in a more effective manner through questions and answers, and mock arguments. We should conclude by discussing options for the upcoming Z-Day which will be March 11, 12 and 13 2011.

As we discussed, we encourage members to bring their ideas about these topics, especially what they think should be in the orientation materials. In addition, we encourage you to bring a snack and/or beverage to share with those attending. Thank you for your time and attention.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

McAllen Artwalk After Action Report

Date: Friday December 3rd, 2010
Time: 6-10pm
Location: North Main St.
Participants: 14

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement was represented at McAllen's Artwalk festival, with many members contributing flyers, DVD's, live music performances, t-shirts, a table, chairs and even a laptop which was playing the Zeitgeist Addendum film. Our activity was basically focused around three separate areas and activities. Initially, we were set up with a table in front of a friendly art gallery. Next, we moved to a crowded area where a man on a loudspeaker was arguing with passers by about various religious views. Thirdly, we moved to a grassy area where we distributed our remaining flyers and DVD's while one of our members performed live music and sang about changing society.

We initially set up a small table with our information and DVD's so all those who were travelling on the sidewalk would have access to it. We were also using a laptop to display the Zeitgeist Addendum film. Unfortunately, a local code enforcement officer informed us that we were not allowed to use a table on the sidewalk, even if we had permission from the storefront owner who we were in front of. One of our members received a citation, and we were forced to remove our table from the area. Fortunately, we maintained our location and continued to pass out flyers and continue to show the film. After several hours, and interesting conversations with various members of the community, we headed north to a more populated area.

There was a large crowd growing around a very passionate man on a loudspeaker who was arguing with an unruly crowd about various religious topics. There were heightened emotions and voices raised on both sides of the discussion. We took the opportunity to speak both with the crowd and the man on the microphone and tried to make people aware of our movement and our message. While this lead to generally mixed results, several of our members made their opinions known to all and sundry who were around to hear them, and we had some good interactions with various members of the public. I personally engaged a couple of people and we discussed our different views about a resource based economy in comparison to older forms of communism. Another person actually was stating his opinion that our current monetary system was just and even a positive force in our lives. While I don't believe I was able to make either change their opinion, they both came away with a discussion of their beliefs and values and hopefully this will lead to deeper introspection and a realization that we need a new direction.

During this time, one of our members was able to provide us with our freshly printed shirts, and many of us put them on in solidarity with the Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement. We decided to move farther north, and stopped in front of a nice tree in a grassy area. This is where one of our members produced a guitar and harmonica and proceeded to draw a small crowd with her music and voice. We distributed the last of our flyers and discs, and shared some thoughts on how the evening had gone. We realized that this event was a first time for activism for many of us involved, and that while we still had a lot to learn and experience, we were grateful for the opportunity to engage with the public and hopeful that we would become more proficient at it in upcoming events. We concluded by asking some very nice people to take group photos to help commemorate the outing.

I would like to thank everyone involved in last night's Artwalk activism. Not only to our members who gave of their time, materials, resources and talents, but also those in the public who took our flyers, asked us questions and discussed with us their views on how we can make a better world for all people. We ask that you join us and people all over the world to help make our vision of a better society a reality.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

McAllen Artwalk Event Activism

Date: Friday December 3rd, 2010
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Main St. sidewalks, between Business 83 and Pecan Blvd., McAllen, TX
Purpose: We will be engaging the public with the ideas of the Venus Project and a Resource Based Economy through our literature, DVD's, flyers and other media.

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will be represented at the upcoming McAllen Artwalk event this Friday. Many of our memebers will bring flyers, free DVD's, tshirts, banners and even musical performances to help make the general population aware of our organization and ideas. You can read more about our plans at our Google groups communication platform and help shape this and future activities that we plan.

I believe that we will be setting up our table in front of the friendly S. Klein Galleries, at the corner of Main and Fir.If this is not the case, please contact me immediately and we can change the details, but from all the information I have gathered, this would be the location that we discussed.

Please remember to dress warmly, bring a container of water and/or snacks if you plan on staying outdoors for a prolonged period of time. If you have any comments, questions or corrections, please contact me. Thank you for your time and attention, and I hope to see you there!

Notes on our Seventh Meeting

UPDATE: Our friends at RGV No State have once again been kind enough to host the audio recording of this meeting. You can find it and the previous recording here.

Date: December 12, 2010
Time: 6-8pm
Location: South Texas College, J 1.208
Attendance: 17

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held it's seventh general meeting in McAllen, Texas on Wednesday evening. This was one of our most well attended meetings, and we discussed some important upcoming events both to our local group and the global movement efforts.

Our main topic of discussion was regarding the upcoming McAllen Artwalk event coming up this Friday, between 6 and 10 PM along Main St. Our general plans are to arrive early so we can set up our table and chairs near a location with electrical power. Many members will be producing and distributing flyers, DVD's, banners, Tshirts with relevant designs and even musical performances. More importantly, we will be engaging directly with the public and attempting to help people understand our ideas and direction. This has lead to some members having concerns about the unity and tone of our message, and we ask that any member who has an objection to anything that we distribute to others on behalf of our organization to notify us immediately so we can discuss and alter the document if neccessary to better conform to the Movement's goals. I encourage all of our members to provide feedback on the proposed flyer designs that have been posted in our discussion and alert us about any potential problems that you may see. Previous experience has shown that many people are aware of the films or the movement, but unaware that we had a local chapter. We will also likely be encountering those individuals who are critical of our ideas, and attempting to help allay their fears or help them to better understand what we are trying to accomplish. This will be a challenge for all of us involved, but a necessary and ultimately rewarding one, for helping others understand is important to enhancing our own comprehension. I encourage everyone who supports the movement to stop by and let us know that you are in the community. I also hope that those who have serious questions or concerns to come engage us directly so that we can help each other find common ground and a better understanding for all involved.

Our second main topic of discussion was that of the upcoming screening of Zeitgeist Moving Forward. We will be confirming our available time slots with the STC venues sometime in the coming weeks, and that will help inform our decisions regarding what specific times we wish to show the film, and if we can dedicate time to showing the previous films and lectures as well. As I have mentioned in the Google Groups discussion platform, I have inquired with Cine El Rey as to their venue availability and pricing structure, and they informed me that a free to public non-profit screening will cost $600 per screening day. This is opposed to a $2000 dollar fee for screenings that charge a ticket price. I will continue to communicate with the venue representatives to determine if a different arrangement can be made, and hopefully we can secure this venue as well. One member brought up the possibility that we can screen the film in the Boarder Theater in Mission. We will look into that possibility very soon. The major commercial theater venues will continue to be considered for this and future events, but the outlook does not look good for their cooperation. Another member indicated that the Edinburg Public Library would be able to host a non-profit organization, so this will be another venue we will pursue. We will continue to post progress on this project as it occurs.

Lastly, we continued our efforts in better honing our argument and persuasion skills by discussing some recent criticisms and concerns that our members have been considering. We were fortunate enough to be provided with a copy of The Zeitgeist Movement Manual which was copied and printed by one of our newest members. I hope all who attended get a chance to read the relevant sections of the document and see if it aids us in our upcoming activism. We also discussed the official movement documents and how they fit in with our techniques and arguments for our cause. There is a great deal of information both in the Member guide and the Venus Project FAQ's that will be vital to know and understand if we are to effectively be conversant and persuasive on a variety of issues. The better informed we are, the better we can inform others.

We concluded with a discussion of some late breaking Venus Project news regarding the Pangea organization in Greece. They have garnered a full endorsement from Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows and are working towards the initial stages of a Resource Based Economy. This is significant news in regards to just how soon we can start thinking of this movement's goals coming to fruition. As we continue to monitor and assess their efforts, we can gain confidence in ability of this new system to truly resolve fundamental issues and  bring true hope to those who have been waiting for it for such a long time.

The next meeting will likely be on December 18th, and we will announce the details of that meeting as they emerge. Thank you for your time and attention, and I hope to see you this Friday in McAllen. Please remember to dress warmly and bring beverages and a snack if you plan on staying for an extended period of time. Let's have a safe and fruitful event for all of us involved!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

RGV Zeitgeist Movement Meeting 7 Announcement

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will hold its seventh general meeting on Wednesday December 1st, from 6-8pm in Room J 1.208 at the South Texas College Pecan campus. We will be hosted by the Zeitgeist Movement student organization at STC.

This will be one of our most significant meetings we have held, as we will be discussing planning and logistics of the upcoming McAllen Artwalk promotions we will be doing this Friday. Please bring examples of the flyers, artwork, tshirt designs, banners and other items that you plan to bring so that we can help plan and organize our resources. This will be our first major outreach event as an organization, and I believe we will be very successful at reaching others with our message and ideas about a resource based economy.

We will also be discussing progress regarding venues for the screening of the upcoming Zeitgeist Moving Forward film. In addition, we will start organizing a promotional campaign for the film, both individually and as coordinated group efforts. This upcoming Artwalk activity will help define how receptive the area is and be instructive in how to reach the people in our community.

In addition, we will continue to discuss ways in which we should articulate responses to questions and criticisms of our movement and goals. There are many people who do not understand what we want to accomplish, and some who are even confused about or afraid of what we stand for. We will be looking at some of the available material online that helps us answer these concerns.

All are welcome to join us, and I hope you bring your family and friends so that they can discover what we are about and how we hope to help make our society and our world a better place for all people. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Notes On Our Sixth Meeting

Date: Saturday November 13th, 2010
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: South Texas College, McAllen, TX
Attendance: 14

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held its sixth general meeting on Saturday, which was primarily focused on our first major project and other activism events. We began by screening the trailer for the upcoming Zeitgeist Moving Forward film. We decided as a group that securing at least one venue and screening this film during the exclusivity period will be our first major goal. We also had preliminary discussions for the upcoming Z-Day event in March, and decided to make more immediate plans for the upcoming McAllen Art Walk event on December 3rd. In addition, we had a discussion dealing with criticisms of the movement and how to argue and discuss common concerns we might come across while interacting with the public. Finally, we decided that due to the popular holiday weekend which our next meeting is scheduled for, we will not hold an official meeting, but will possibly hold an informal gathering sometime between now and December 1st.

As I mentioned, the first major discussion was regarding our decision to hold a screening of the next film. The first order of business, as I understand it, is for our group to become an official chapter of the movement. It is generally unclear as to what we must do in order to meet this level, and the lack of a Texas state coordinator means that I have asked Jen Wild, United States coordinator, directly what we must do. Beyond that, we must secure a venue for screening the film and sign a contract with Peter Joseph in order to secure a copy of the film. The distribution and screening process of this film is radically different from other mainstream films, in that individual chapter coordinators are going to be responsible for a large part of it and not a major distributor or theater chain. We discussed a variety of venues, most significantly the available screens at South Texas College and UTPA, as well as Cine El Rey. Both Armando Lopez and myself will make efforts to learn more about and attempt to secure these venues, and we ask that anyone with the ability or experience of securing these venues to come forward and assist us in these efforts. The general idea of the exclusivity period is that chapters would be able to generate revenue to help cover expenses of activism and the upcoming Z-Day events.

We had preliminary discussions regarding the upcoming Z-Day events which will most likely be in March. It will likely be an all day event that will involve screening of the various movement films, lectures and associated media. In addition, we could have other presentations and lectures that are given by ourselves and that can relate directly with issues we face in our local community. We discussed some possible venues and ideas for that event, and we will be discussing them in greater detail as we go forward.

Our most important discussion was regarding the upcoming Art Walk festival which is held on the first Friday of the month in McAllen. Several members indicated that they had great success previously in distributing flyers and noting that a great deal of those they talked to had already heard of the movement and were surprised and interested by the existence of a local chapter. We encourage all members who are able, to design and print flyers, informational pamphlets and banners so that we can have a presence at this event and inform and reach even more people. In addition, if you have the ability to design or decorate your clothing to promote the movement and our website, this is also encouraged. We will have more details posted in this space and in our new groups platform as we near the date. We will also discuss this during the next official meeting.

We concluded the meeting with a bit of mock argument and criticism discussion. We covered some of the major issues that people bring up and accuse the movement of when we attempt to share our goals and ideas. We covered the issue of a lack of monetary system, and discussed that we need to bring up the current problems that the monetary system possesses. We also discussed the accusation of our movement advocating communism, which we concluded were projections of old fears into a system that is completely different. We need to encourage people to be more specific in their terms, as the idea of communism is usually brought up as a vague and ill defined idea. We closed with a discussion on the decision making process, the idea of dissent within a resource based economy and personal responsibility. We ended with our customary group photo which will appear in this space as soon as it is now available!

We are fortunate enough to have a recording of this meeting which is being hosted by our friends at RGVNostate. I hope that it is a valuable resource to those who are unable to attend our meetings and would like to keep up to date and learn more about how we operate. Thank you for your time and attention.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement Meeting 6 Announcement

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will be holding its sixth general meeting on Saturday November 13, from 1pm to 3pm in Building J, room 1-208 of the South Texas College Pecan campus. We will be hosted by the South Texas College chapter of the Zeitgeist Movement.

Our general agenda will be to discuss upcoming major projects for our chapter, including the upcoming release of Zeitgeist: Moving Forward in January, and the 3rd annual Zeitgeist Day to be held in March. We will also talk about global movement structure, the new Google Groups communication platform and global movement news.

If you have any questions or concerns about this meeting, or the Zeitgeist Movement in general, please contact me or Armando Lopez and we will attempt to address your concerns to the best of our ability. All are welcome to participate in our meetings and we hope that you join us to help make the world a better place for all people. Thank you for your time and attention.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Announcing a New Communication Platform


The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement now has an official Google group in order to better facilitate communication within the group and to better coordinate future event planning and information distribution. As you can see on the current homepage, there is a noticeable white box which links to our Google group site, which is I encourage all current and future members to join this group and edit their email settings so that they receive no more email than they are comfortable with. If you have any questions or concerns with this new system, please let me know and I will address your concerns as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Notes on our Fifth Meeting

Date: November 3, 2010
Time: 6-8pm
Location: South Texas College, Pecan Campus, H 231
Attendance: 15

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held its fifth general meeting tonight in McAllen, TX, and it was our most engaging and well attended meeting we've ever had. We saw a number of new faces during our meeting and greeting, and we were very pleased to receive such a diverse, opinionated and passionate group into our burgeoning organization. From a young family with their child to a student of chemistry to individuals who are interested in learning more about the movement and the scientific principles we seek to promote, it was a very positive experience to have new minds and new ideas to engage with. As was mentioned from the last meeting, growing and attracting new people is one of our goals, and I am so pleased that it is happening organically and gradually even during this short period of time.

Our stated agenda was to discuss the political elections, the failures of our current system and the decision making process in a Resource Based Economy. The discussion we wound up having was completely different and highly engaging. We discussed a wide array of topics, including the emergent nature of the universe, the application of the bell curve to human potential, the intriguing duality of sub atomic particles, the need to have an ontological and epistemological basis on which to found our ideas about society and the evolution of religion, tribalism and the human psyche. Many attendees engaged in passionate discussion that might have even challenged and even changed the ideas and beliefs held by others. In a surprising bit of synchronicity, one member recited a poem he composed earlier that was relevant to the discussion on particle physics. It was a great time and eye opening experience that I hope to have again in the future.

Towards the end, we started to discuss practical ways in which we can start to affect society now. We realized that we cannot, practically, have an overnight "success" in terms of an immediate implementation of an RBE. We determined that the most practical and personal action to take was to start altering one's own mind and value set to align with what is relevant and true. If we start to allow our value set to inform our actions in a more positive manner, then we can influence the ones around us and society on a small, but aggregately large, degree. We also discussed the next planned meeting for Saturday, November 13th, which will be announced when details are firm. We ended with our customary photo presented below, and some after meeting discussions which were met with equal passion, if not more so. Thank you again to all who participated and I ask everyone who wishes and is able, to join us in our effort to promote a better life for all people.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

RGV Zeitgeist Movement Meeting 5 Announcement

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will hold it's fifth general meeting on Wednesday, November 3rd from 6-8pm in Building H, room 231 of the Pecan campus of South Texas College. We will be hosted by the Zeitgeist Movement student organization.

Our general agenda will be to discuss the recent election, breakdown and understand the current failings of our political system, how rational and relevant decisions would be arrived at in a Resource Based Economy and open the floor to any other topics that come up.

If you have any comments or questions about this meeting or the Zeitgeist Movement in general, please contact me or Armando Lopez and we will attempt to address your concerns to the best of our ability. Thank you for your time and attention.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Notes On Our Fourth Meeting

Date: October 30th, 2010
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: South Texas College, J 1-408
Attendance: 7 members

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement held it's fourth general meeting on Saturday in McAllen, Texas and it was one of the most memorable ones we've had so far. While we originally planned to watch portions of the Rally to Restore Sanity throughout the meeting, technical difficulties prevented us from doing so. Fortunately, we had plenty of topics to discuss and some new members who were determined to keep us engaged in some thoughtful and, at times, humorous debates.

Our first hour was spent engaged in a spirited and lively discussion regarding the general disposition of the movement, its ideas and its relation to other categories of human organizations. There were moments of levity, combativeness and genuine discussion as we attempted to put into concrete terms what made the movement different from all previous examples of failed human endeavors. It was a difficult, challenging but also rewarding discussion, and I believe all parties came away with a better understanding of what we were and were not about.

After a small break and some snacks kindly provided by one member, we continued on into a more formal discussion for the remainder of the meeting. We began by taking a general topic and breaking down the various legal, financial, material and social mechanisms by which we attempt to solve problems. The example we used was automobiles. We demonstrated how the government, the monetary system, the car manufacturers and the construction companies collude, knowingly or unknowingly, to create an environment in which we are inherently unsafe, placed in positions of subjugation by the legal system and charged money for the various failings of others. We learned that a monetary system based society has false values, while a society that had positive and relevant values would demand a safer vehicle, a robust efficient and long lasting roadway system and an environment were human error were diminished or non existent. We learned that technical problems require technical solutions, not political or legal remedies.

The last hour was devoted to discussion regarding increasing membership in the chapter. This has been the first meeting in which the attendance was lower than the previous one, and we decided to address the issue. We broke down the challenges of working within the Rio Grande Valley specifically, and discussed the various ways we can address each concern. We identified issues such as religious and social values, economic progress and economic depression, as well as education level and technical literacy. All of these issues can be encountered when attempting to promote the ideas of the movement to a Valley native, and we went over some ways in which we can help surmount those issues. Making others aware of our presence and our ideas are the focus of the global effort right now, and it is important that we pursue that goal. However, we also recognize the fact that ours is an emergent organization, and growth for growth's sake is not ideal, nor is it desired. All we can do is plant the seeds in the fertile minds of those around us, and hope that in time they will join us in our cause. More importantly, the meetings are a small part of this movement, both locally and globally. The numbers of those in attendance of any given meeting are dwarfed by those who are aware of us, our ideas and our goals. We facilitate meetings to give an opportunity for those who seek social interaction and a sense of belonging in their local community. Ultimately it is in the individual actions we take, in the personal interactions with friends, family and acquaintances where we increase our membership. We recognize that this is a long term process, which will take a great deal of effort, but it will grow into the movement that it needs to be and that is all we should ask for in these very early stages of its life.

We concluded with some general movement news, discussed the latest lecture, the new film coming in January and touched on the Illinois chapter issue. We also planned for our meeting on Wednesday, which I will post more details on as soon as we have them confirmed. We adjourned after taking our customary group photograph, available below, which was aided by the highly technologically advanced timer function of the camera, much to my personal delight. Thank you for your time and attention, and I hope that you join us for future meetings.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Clash of the Old and the New

Reproduced below after the jump is a message sent to several members of the Zeitgeist Movement at both the state, national and global levels of organization that has arisen as part of an ongoing discussion and conflict about the impact of an individual on the Illinois chapter and how they relate or do not relate to what the Movement is about. This is going to be one of many future discussions and arguments of how we are going to come to define our emergent organization and how those who have been organizing at the global and national levels will try to manage the way we do so. I believe that this is a fascinating look into how we will be resolving issues in our own organization and the lessons we learn from it going forward will be valuable. The author of the message has posted it to the global movement website forums and I encourage you to engage in the discussion that happens there if you are so inclined. These events will occur in the future and it is important to be transparent within the Movement so that we can all learn from this discussion and others like it. We cannot help but have some of the old ways of thinking and managing intruding upon the new and emergent reality that we hope to create, and these clashes are going to be dominant throughout the transition. Thank you for your time and attention.

Monday, October 25, 2010

RGVZGM Meeting 4 and Rally to Restore Sanity Viewing Event

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement will have its fourth general meeting on Saturday October 30th, 2010. We will be meeting at STC in Building J Room 1-408 between 11am and 2pm. Our general agenda will be to meet and greet new members, view portions of The Rally to Restore Sanity, have a lively discussion of political views specifically related to TX and local politics and discuss and plan future meetings and events.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this event or the Zeitgeist Movement or Venus Project in general, please contact me or Armando Lopez. Thank you, and I hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Notes on our Third Meeting

Date: Saturday Oct. 16th, 2010
Time: 1:00-3:00ish PM
Location: Auditorium, Administration Building, South Texas College, McAllen, TX
Number Attending: 11

The Rio Grande Valley Zeitgeist Movement had its 3rd general meeting today in McAllen, TX. I am pleased to report that we had several new faces in attendance, including two young school children. I am very happy to see children attending our meetings and encourage people to bring them if they so choose. It is very unfortunate that we do not include children in the discussion of how society works. These young people had a rare opportunity to listen in and even participate in a wide ranging discussion about many different aspects of our current society. It was very much a treat and hope to meet more young minds as we continue to move toward a better world.

This meeting had no set agenda. As I mentioned previously, we had a wide ranging discussion about our experiences trying to reach out to others with the message of redesigning society to benefit all people. In one particular case, we explored the necessity of maintaining all our arguments and discussions on an intellectual and informative level. Emotional interactions are generally less productive and potentially hurtful to the parties involved. We also discussed the issue of credentialism and criticism of the messenger instead of critically analyzing the message. Many people who are socialized in our current system will not trust what a person has to say if they do not have the trappings of media approved competence or appearance. In many cases, these people are close friends or even family members. While we must understand that this is simply a symptom of the underlying forces at work at all levels of society, we can overcome these obstacles by finding a common ground between the participants of the discussion. Find things we can agree upon and build on that establishment of common ground. It is imperative to understand that what we are trying to do is highly suspicious to the self appointed guardians of the status quo, but that does not make them an adversary or even an enemy. These are the people that we need to reach if we are going to have any hope of moving society to a saner way of life.

Near the close of the meeting, we discussed the upcoming elections and our individual opinions on politics in general. There were many different views and opinions expressed, but one thing that we all made clear was that the Zeitgeist Movement is not a political movement and does not endorse political parties or candidates. One of our future goals as a global movement is to engage political authority at the appropriate time, but that is quite a long time off, and it would be ill advised and generally a waste of energy and resources to engage the political system at such an early stage. We do recognize however, that we are still subject to the monetary and political systems currently in place, and being informed and aware of those institutions are in the best interest of everyone.

Our next meeting will be on October 30th, which is coincident with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity. We are looking at ways to incorporate this event into our meeting due to the common goals that seem to be in common with both events. We will have more information available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we encourage you to engage others in community events at your local school, college, church or other gathering. Society will not move forward until we find the courage as individuals to come forward and address the reality of problems and we start looking for the technical solutions to them. Thank you for your interest and attention.

 Pictured above are 6 of the members attending this meeting.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Notes on our Second Meeting

Date: Wednesday October 6th, 2010
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: South Texas College, McAllen, TX
Attendance: 9 members

This meeting started with introductions of the assembled members and discussions about why we decided to become members. We are happy to have such a diverse group of people, with a wide range of political, social, academic and artistic backgrounds be a part of our new and growing group. Despite our many and varied points of view, we were all able to agree that the way things are going are unsustainable, and we have decided to work together for the betterment of society and spreading awareness of the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project. The majority of the individuals present were attending their first meeting and we are very happy that they have decided to join us.

We continued by watching the first 2 sections of the Orientation Video and discussed them. There was a good discussion about the challenges of raising children in a society that has aberrant values. We then had some discussion about future meetings, participating in activism both individually and as a group, and decided on having a meeting sometime next weekend, preferrably on Saturday. We will announce further details as they emerge in regards to that meeting. In addition, we closed the meeting with remarks about some news items from the national and global movement organizations.

Pictured below are seven of the participants right before the meeting ended. Thank you for your time and participation, and we hope to see you at future meetings and events.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monthly Update

Greetings friends!

This Wednesday, October 6th, we will be having our second official meeting. We are happy to announce that we now have a student organization on the South Texas College campus in McAllen, and they will be hosting us on campus. The meeting details are as follow:

Date: Wednesday October, 6 2010
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Room 231, Building H (Cafeteria), South Texas College
Address: 3201 W. Pecan, McAllen, TX
Agenda: We will be meeting and greeting our new members and hold a screening of the activist orientation video.

For those of you who are not familiar with the STC campus, there is a map available here.

We currently have just over 40 email addresses on our mailing list, and I am hopeful to see a good number of you at this meeting.

We are just starting out, but we are continuing to grow rapidly as the the idea that a new and redesigned society should be made available to all people spreads. If you have any questions, please post a message on this site or email me here.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Blog Talk Radio Show with Peter Joseph, Venus Project, Doug Mallette

Peter Joseph, Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadow and Doug Mallette have a 2 hour conversation regarding decision making in a Resource Based Economy. I encourage all Zeitgeist Movement members to listen to this episode of the V-Radio program. There are a lot of questions that are answered and arguments against the Venus Project that are defeated. If you are at all curious about society in a new and better world, I encourage you to watch the films at and listen to this and other audio programs featuring Peter Joseph, The Venus Project and Doug Mallette. I also encourage you to examine your own value system and your own desires for the future.

If you live in the Rio Grande Valley area and are interested in a better world for all people, I ask that you contact us and join us in our efforts.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Notes on our First Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Time: 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Location: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Number Attending: 5

This would be classified as a general meeting, wherein the participants were asked to share their various experiences explaining how they had come to participate in the Zeitgeist Movement. There were 5 very distinct narratives presented, at least one of them being emotionally moving, at least to me personally. A large portion of the discussion was dominated by religion and its various implications and peculiarities. In this region of the world, religion has been a powerful bio-social pressure and it's effects were discussed on the attendees. Armando Lopez, the general organizer of this meeting, discussed at length his experiences in the world of academia and how he has come to recognize the effects of the monetary system on himself, his family and his students.

The latter portion of the meeting concerned making plans for the next meeting and discussion of formalizing an official student group both at South Texas College and at University of Texas - Pan American. We came to the conclusion that a reserved room with audio/visual projection capabilities would be ideal, and the creation of a student group can ensure we maintain access to those resources. The next general meeting will be on Wednesday, October 6th, most likely at the STC campus. We will be screening the Movement Orientation Video for the new members who have not yet viewed it. We may also be holding smaller informal meetings throughout the month as well, but no concrete plans were developed. I will look forward to these and other future meetings with the newly formed RGV chapter of the Zeitgeist Movement, and I hope that you join us.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Zeitgeist Movement comes to the Rio Grande Valley

The Zeitgeist Movement is the activist arm of the The Venus Project. Our goal is to bring about a societal shift that will enable all people to reach their highest human potential by eliminating the traditions, ideologies, misconceptions and fears that have prevented humanity from doing so in the past. We will achieve this goal through the application of science to the cause of human concern, in order to provide for all people the necessities of life and enable them to pursue their natural desire for cooperation, investigation, exploration and emotional expression. Throughout our history, we have survived in conditions of scarcity and technological insufficiency. However, with the recent advents of major scientific breakthroughs and technological capabilities, we can now provide a comfortable yet meaningful life to all people, regardless of arbitrary conditions of birth. We can only, as a species, accept this way of life when we recognize the fundamental truths of an emergent universe and the symbiotic nature of all life on earth. We must overcome the arbitrary divisions that we had to forge in our adolescence because these institutions are inhibitive to the progress of our society as a whole. Barring some cataclysmic event or revelation, the survival of the human species is in our own hands, and we must choose to continue to destroy our life support systems and each other, or to work together for our very survival. We, of the Zeitgeist Movement choose survival, and we hope that you join us.

Thank you for visiting, and thank you for your desire to make the world a better place.