In the past few weeks, we have been discussing the history and purpose of money. We have seen how money works and how it can create growth, but also problems among people and societies.
Now imagine a world without money?
Part 1, 10 – 15 minutes:
Discuss with your table group what a world without money would look like? What kind of work would people do? What conflicts would arise? What would be better? How would governments function? Would society keep “evolving?” Would schools be the same? What would your life look like?
Part 2: Watch this video of a clip taken from the documentary Zeitgeist: Addendum, a very left-leaning movie on the dark side of our money-based economy and the idea of a world without money. In this clip, Jacques Fresco and Roxanne Meadows explain their vision of a world without money.
Create new groups of 3 or 4, trying not to sit with anyone from your usual table.
Create a google doc (Share it with me and title it World Without Money Questions, Name #1, Name #2 etc.) to answer the following questions. Please answer them in order and as a group, discussing each one as you go.Do not assign a question per student in the group.
What was your overall impression of the video? Discuss the different views and any disagreements your group may have.
Did the video change any of the views you had on a world without money before watching it?
Research and write a short, 1 paragraph biography of Jacques Fresco. Are there any controversies surrounding him?
Find a few pictures of architectural structures created by Jacques Fresco. Comment on each one. Are his ideas apparent in his work?
What is Project Venus? Describe the main ideas and concepts.
Do you think Project Venus is realistic? Explain your answer.
Farming has become increasingly intensive, large scale, and globalised in the drive for cheaper food.
Advances in technology and communications have combined with falls in the cost of transport to transform the way in which food is sourced.
The concentration of power in retailing and food processing has affected farmers in LEDC’s and small farmers in MEDC’s.
What is the Green revolution?
What is organic farming?
What are food miles?
What part of food production don’t food miles take into account?
To what extent are you concerned about the future of food availability?
TOK p. 98
Class Google Document:
Identify [provide an answer from a number of possibilities] the effects of agro-industrialization and changes in international production and consumption on the physical environment.
Clip 2: Case study
Take detailed notes, evaluating the costs and benefits, of potato farming in Egypt.
What are the environmental impacts of agri-business on people and the environment?
Activity 1: Questions on Reading Handout
Q1. Outline the key characteristics of agro-industrialization Q2. Draw figure 1.1 (page 93) and annotate the diagram to explain what is meant by increasing vertical integration Q3. Identify benefits of agro-industrialization Q4. Identify and explain the environmental impacts of agro-industrialization using the table below.
Impact of Agro-industrialization
Q5. Describe the correlation between meat consumption and income shown on fig. 4 Q6. Explain what ‘in vitro meat’ is
Q7. Explain how the practices of the meat industry are leading to declines in biodiversity