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as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be “Symptoms” born out of an outdated social structure.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.
The Movement is loyal to a train of thought, not figures or institutions. In other words, we aim at informing the public so much so self-realization comes from within and a new hope for a better future comes to fruition--along with spreading the mantra of meaningful values and sustainable practices. The magnitude of such activism for a resource based model will take the effort of generations.
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 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.
The purpose of this meetup group is to develop a San Jose chapter that will brainstorm ideas and events that surround informing the public. Via art, activism, and knowledge.
There are plenty of interviews, documentaries, and articles that describe the movement in more detail. I recommend checking them out so that you may arrive at your own conclusion before committing. I'd like to meet a quorum of 5 people before arranging any meetup.