August 26, 2009

jelly for the move

Please forward widely:

Dear Friends,

Zeitgeist Toronto will be moving from the blog, www.zeitgeisttoronto.wordpress.com to it’s new and official home at www.zeitgeist-toronto.com.

On the site will be an active forum, centralizing our local movement on a platform for sharing idea’s, meeting details, and group activities. Future newsletters will arrive via webmaster@zeitgeist-toronto.com (Please add this to your safe list). To be added to the new mailing list, please e-mail subscribe@zeitgeist-toronto.com.

Please take time to register with the forum, explore the site, and browse through the Community Content page.

Thank you for your time. In solidarity,

Zeitgeist Toronto Web Team


UPDATE: A Robotics/Automation meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009, at 777 Warden Avenue, Unit 1. This meeting will have a technology focus, agenda content will be with that in mind. Link to details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120205747598 For more information on this event please contact Adam at aplavins@gmail.com.



August 16, 2009
Paul Wimbush with model of Lammas Ecovillage (UK)

Paul Wimbush with model of Lammas Ecovillage (UK)


The road up to Whole Village was empty and passed through fields and meadows, hailing an exit from the polluted populous of Toronto. “Most of the world is like this,” said Jonathan from the front, “we just see the city.” An interesting point to ponder as we turned onto the packed earth road leading to the village…

The low buildings came into view just above the rise, a large expansive bungalow with what were later confirmed as sky-lights, one in every room and hallway to allow natural light into the building, solar-south facing, reducing daytime electricity use. Large drums collect rainwater from the eaves, irrigating the little islands of greenery spotted around the parking area.

The welcoming atmosphere of the house, from Brenda (one of the founders and resident in the main house) and Natasha (first gardener of the village) greeted us with biscuits, lemonade and smiles; The kitchen, fit to feed the 17 inhabitants of the house, and the handful of others, is where community dining takes place, 5 nights a week, where the village consumption is 25% grown on the land, 75% from the localized area. There were around 30 people sat comfortably in the living room area, sprawled on couches and rocking chairs and Shane (property manager) and Brenda retold of the inception, conception, reality of Whole Village, where they came up against zoning laws, by-laws, building permits, and where they triumphed in the working community we saw around us. Introductions exchanged and why’s were asked (many an answer outlining a desire to learn of sustainability, and how one can create their own ecovillage), community living was spoken of (conflict resolution using the “Formal Consensus Process“), as well as the work-load on the farm, how it is shared, and how it is enforced, all culminating in a tour of the building proper and surrounding lands.

Ecovillage is not off the grid, that is something they are looking at (and in fact at the time of this writing they are in the process of installing a series of solar panels), at the moment all their energy comes from Bullfrog Power. The house, because of the square-footage (massive) is required by law to have an air purifier recycle the air – this is a huge machine that uses a lot of power and would be a barrier to energy self sufficiency on the farm (do alternatives for air purification for huge structures exist?). When building they did substitute a tar covered roof for one covered in a foam membrane, and are now looking at a green roof (the structure was planned with one in mind).

The village is filled with strawberry fields, an orchard filled with beautiful and growing fruit trees, green houses with tomatoes, asparagus, an apiary, maple forest, even a log seeded with mushroom spore in a canopied forest off a path.

The land is beautiful. The hills roll and invite you onto them. The people are friendly, they are sharing a common goal, as are we as The Zeitgeist Movement. Their differences pale when compared to their similarities, as do ours, as a species.

Some noted topics for further research: Engineered Wetlands, Masonry Heater, Clivus Multrum, Heifer International, Petroleum, products from Petroleum

As we look at a resource based economy, a sustainable future, the Ecovillage movement is in its infancy. We are responsible for its growth.


TZM Toronto Meet-Up

August 10, 2009


Hello everyone,

Zeitgeist Toronto will be meeting this Thursday, August 13th, at 7:00pm

Location: Victory Cafe (581 Markham St. Toronto – 416.516.5787)

All are welcome!

Thank you, and take care,

TZM Toronto


Whole Village Visit: Aug 2 09

July 25, 2009


Update by AM:

Over the past few meetings it has become clear that there is some interest in the idea of building the first Resource Based Economy research centre/test city. To pursue this initiative, the Barrie, Toronto and Ontario Zeitgeist Movement chapters are planning to take a tour of Whole Village Eco-Community at 1 pm on Sunday August the 2nd. This is a great opportunity to see an Ecovillage in action and to learn what would be involved in starting a research centre/test city of our own.

I have heard great things about Whole Village, they have a successful farm operation and have built impressive accommodations using green building techniques. The tour starts at 1 pm and should go to 3 or 4 pm, then we can sit and meet as a group for another hour or so if we like. The tour costs $10 per person and includes snacks and refreshments.

Check them out at www.wholevillage.org and directions here, google map at here.

It is close to Orangeville, they say it’s about a 1-hour drive from downtown Toronto and about the same from Barrie. There are car-pooling options from Downtown and Barrie – let us know if you have a car you can take a few people in.

We will have Tiffany Crawford, a reporter from Canwest Global in Ottawa, and an avid Zeitgeist Movement supporter, joining us to document our efforts and write an article on our pursuit of setting up a Resource Based Economy research centre. She wrote a fantastic article about Z-day 09 that was up on Canada.com and she has been following and supporting the movement from the beginning.

Let us know if you will attend by commenting below!!


Positive Reinforcement – #1: TED talk Clay Shirky on Media

June 22, 2009

TED talk Clay Shirky on Media today (video)

In a recent TED talk (TED releases amazingly informative videos of their conferences everyday on their site http://tedtalks.com) Clay Shirky discusses the power of the vast changes we’ve seen in our media. In his own words, we’re experiencing the “largest increase in expressive capability in human history”. So what? Well, there are a number of implications to this paradigm shift .

Information becomes freely available. Consumers become producers.  New uses for existing technology emerge.  The conversation, the information, becomes global, social, ubiquitous and cheap. No longer is it a one-way dialogue between media producers and media consumers. The Internet has provided a means of collaboration, and a means to share creativity freely and easily. The potential for growth in its application seems boundless. The creators of Twitter (Evan Willams gave a TED talk as well) worked on the software as a side project, on a gut feeling. They had no idea what it would be used for, or where the users would see opportunities to use it. Twitter has been wildly successfully thanks to the innovation of its users, and the wise decision of Twitter to create an empowering product (allowing third party’s to create different apps for Twitter).

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June 21, 2009

Civilization, broken into:

The potential for humans to cooperate with one another on the basis of social structure (nationality, ethnicity, kin, other ties) like today,

The potential for humans to live with no cooperation or civilization,

And the potential for humans to cooperate and act as one planet without boundaries,

For positive progression we must learn it is much more cost effective to work without profit as the incentive and motivation.



“We talk about civilization as though it’s a static state. There are no civilized people yet, it’s a process that’s constantly going on… As long as you have war, police, prisons, crime, you are in the early stages of civilization.” – Jacque Fresco

eLucid www.resourceeconomy.org (coming soon)


11th Hour

June 10, 2009

Watch the full video here.