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A dollar for your ideas?

MONEY: Earn a sizeable bounty for your creative ideas

HAVE you ever experienced one of those moments when you, a friend, or a family-member comes up with some really good idea during conversation when someone says: “That’s brilliant! You really should patent that idea!” Most people have, yet while we may dwell in the flattery of such words, very few naturally-gifted think tanks ever get off their behinds and actually do something with such ‘million-dollar ideas’.

Idea!Of course the market for ideas is a competitive one; people are trying to sell ideas every day. It’s also not easy pitching unique ideas to different individuals and trying to get them to see your vision. If, on the other hand, you decide to implement a practical idea yourself, you may find that you lack motivation or the resources to do so.

Sometimes you just want to get an idea written down and put out there and hope to the powers that be that it somehow gets discovered and praised. But why not get paid for it too?

If you’re bursting with business ideas, but perhaps lacks the motivation to implement them yourself, there is the perfect platform for you.

Idea Bounty is a social think-tank that provides a secure channel for the worldwide creative community to offer solutions to creative briefs. A reward or bounty is offered for the idea that best answers the brief, and the contributor of the winning idea gets the cash.

Idea Bounty is a social think-tank that provides a secure channel for the worldwide creative community to offer solutions to creative briefs. A bounty is offered for the idea that best answers the brief, and the contributor of the winning idea gets the cash.

Idea Bounty is an online service that operates within the market for ideas. Businesses or clients sign up and submit a brief for something they want — such as ideas for an advert. Users or creatives are then invited to submit their ideas for that brief. A sizeable bounty is offered by the client beforehand and it is bestowed upon the person who submits the best idea. In other words, the best idea is chosen by, and sold to, the client or business.

The Idea Bounty website is now one year old with more than 7 500 registered creatives. Among the clients served so far are FNB, Castle­ Lager, BMW and Red Bull, with the biggest bounty to date being a whopping $10 000. Here’s a little more from the Idea Bounty team …

• What is Idea Bounty?
Well the simple answer is that for clients, Idea Bounty is the simplest way to hire thousands of creatives and only pay for the ideas you want. For creatives, it’s an amazing platform that allows you to pitch on various briefs. The bottom line: clients get the best ideas and creatives get paid for those ideas.

• How does this social think tank operate?
Idea Bounty is a social think tank that provides a secure channel for the world wide creative community to offer solutions to creative briefs. A reward or ‘bounty’ is offered for the idea that best answers the brief and the contributor of the winning idea gets the cash.

• What’s the catch?
There is none! We want to facilitate the exchange of ideas based on an open economy. The value of the reward will dictate the quality of the ideas competing for the bounty. Creatives: The idea belongs to you until you get paid. Clients: You only pay for what you like. You use it, you buy it.

• What’s in it for clients?
The traditional model for purchasing creative output (in the form of creative expertise, ideas and ultimately communication platforms) has dictated that the client (the person with the problem) pay based on how many people and hours have been used in creating the end product. So it’s rare that a budget allows more than two or three resources to be allocated to solving a brief.

cash!If you truly wanted to inject the energy and diverse thinking (ideas) of hundreds of hungry experts, the costs would grow exponentially as new individuals lend their expertise… enter Idea Bounty. Here you have access to all the ideas and brains behind your brief but you only have to pay for what you like.

• What’s in it for creatives?
Are you a ‘great ideas scribbled on the back of a napkin’ type of person, the type who keeps a notebook next to their bed so when they wake up they can jot down the most insanely inspired dream-time Ideas?

So you’re über creative and ideas pop into your head at a rate of knots, but why would you need Idea Bounty?

The world’s creative industries are competitive by nature and driven by accolades and rewards. Unfortunately these don’t always carry any financial benefit … enter Idea Bounty.

• What’s the deal between clients and creatives?
The ideas you submit will only be visible to you and the client so you don’t have to fret about anyone ‘borrowing’ your brilliant ideas. If your idea is used by one of our clients you will receive the cash reward (Bounty) on offer.

We will of course let everyone know whether their ideas have been rewarded, and in the case where the client would like you to continue working on the project we will gladly put you in touch with one another.

• The team behind Idea Bounty

“Idea Bounty was started by a guy who saw the light and a guy who was frantically waving a torch.”

“The Idea Bounty team boasts a collective 16 years experience in the worlds of traditional advertising and online marketing. Above-the-line, through-the-line, below-the-line… any bloody line – you name it we’ve done it.

In short – we know how to find creative solutions to business problems and ensure that finding these creative solutions is a smooth process. Idea Bounty is the social think tank that is going to inject some real inspiration into your business.”

There you have it – the perfect platform to get those creative juices flowing and perhaps earn a pretty penny in the process.

That’s www.ideabounty.com

Incentive to work

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A NEW WORLD: Where technology replaces servitude

HOW many people do you know that live for their job? Who can’t wait to get to work and don’t give a fig about how much money they earn from it? Probably not very many. The sad reality is that the majority of people work to live rather than the other way round. We obviously need the money to survive.

The idea of a moneyless society is hard to imagine because we have never experienced such a thing. So, theoretically-speaking, if such a society did exist, what incentive would people have to work and do jobs that are not particularly pleasant? The short answer is that, ultimately, they wouldn’t have to; technology and machines would do most of the work for us.

Telephone Exchange

Possibly deceased telephone exchange operators

If we look back at history we can already see a gradual progression of human labour being replaced by machine automation. Several occupations have become obsolete due to their replacement by machines. Candle makers, elevator doormen, telephone exchange operators are a few jobs that no longer require human labour or are no longer relevant to society.

We therefore have a right to fear machines, for human employment is in direct competition with technological development. However, this creates a serious clash which proves the falseness of the monetary-based labour system.

Employment is necessary to survive in a money-based system. However, given the fundamental priority of profit by industry, people through time will be continually laid off and replaced by machines. If, on the other hand, we didn’t need to work to earn a living, we would then more readily embrace the idea that machines free people rather than putting them out of a job. After all, freeing people to live their lives without servitude is the point of technology itself.

Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery

This replacement of human labour by machines is not only possible, but inevitable. And with the pace that new technologies are being developed, specifically that of nano-technology, it is not difficult to foresee the phasing out of up to 90% of all human occupations. Machines today are even capable of performing complex medical procedures — often with higher success rates than humans.

Furthermore, if money was taken out of the picture, a large portion of current day occupations would no longer have any basis to exist because they would no longer be relevant. Anything associated with the management of money, advertising, along with the legal system itself would have no basis to exist in a resource-based economy.

If money was no longer needed to survive and people were given free and easy access to the necessities of life, a great majority of the crimes that are committed today would never occur. Contrary to propaganda, it is largely environmental conditioning that lures people into criminal and violent behaviou­r.

According to this view, man-made laws are attempts to deal with recurring problems that people do not know how to solve properly. It is a sad reality that in most countries today, more resources are devoted to prisons and police rather than alleviating poverty, which is known to be one of the majo­r contributors and factors behind crimes committed.

EDUCATION
Given the above, perhaps we need to view machines more positively and think of them as an extension of human performance rather than as hunks of metal that might put us out of a job. We also need to understand that if people have easy and free access to the necessities of life they would behave very differently.

Education

Eager young minds of today

We are taught to support the monetary system, not only by working to earn money, but by believing that a monetary system produces incentive. However, the simple truth is that if money were taken out of the picture people’s incentives would be very different.

New incentives would emerge that perhaps weren’t there before. If all our needs were met we might take more interest in space and the stars, environmental conservation and helping to educate our fellow human being.

Education is paramount in such a society. Today education produces people for specialised jobs rather than teaching them about the world. Instead, it needs to create generalists — critical thinkers with extensive worldviews.

Most people today don’t know a lot about a lot of different subjects because the structure of our educational systems. You would never get people to go to war if they were educated this way, nor would they give a fig about doing the unthinkable to make a quick buck.

You can read the other parts to this series below:

Zeitgeist Moving Forward: Your life, your world

A world without money

IMAGINE: A society without money, laws, unemployment, pollution, crime and unnecessary human suffering …

John Lennon — the man behind the timeless classic ‘Imagine.’

John Lennon — the man behind the timeless classic ‘Imagine.’

I HAD my music player on shuffle mode the other day when it randomly came across the great sounds of John Lennon of The Beatles and played Imagine. There is possibly one verse missing from Lennon’s timeless classic, that being: “Imagine there was no monetary system, it’s a little hard to do. No hunger, greed or crime, humankind living as one.” I’m no lyricist, but I think trying to imagine a world where money doesn’t exist should be an important part of such a song.

For those of you who are not familiar with the great sounds of Lennon, he was basically trying to encourage people to realise that capitalist society is comprised of a series of complex systems that shape our beliefs and values and determine our behaviour. He then encourages us to use a little imagination and envision a world where such systems do not exist. Wise man was Lennon.

I firmly believe that we are a product of our environment. Our behaviour, ideologies and interactions are almost entirely based on the society we are born into, the experiences we have and the media we are exposed to. In other words, our customs, behaviours, and values are by-products of our culture.

No one is born with greed, prejudice, bigotry, patriotism and hatred; these are all learnt behaviour patterns – picked up from the society in which we live – Zeitgeist Addendum

This society has evolved over millions of years to incorporate various systems of control. Today we are bound by systems of law, education, transportation, religion and, most significantly, the monetary system. We take it for granted that these systems are there and find it difficult to imagine living any other way.

In reality, it is these systems that hinder our imaginations, freedoms and human ingenuity. But, we are now entering a new stage of human awareness — a stage which understands that several of these systems are outdated and are in need of serious reform if humankind is to prosper and live as one. And no system is more outdated than our monetary system.

Can you imagine what life would be like if money didn’t exist? Imagine there were no possessions; nothing to kill or die for. Let’s paint a little picture:

An Obsolete Monetary System
money gone forever, because it is no longer relevantThe money-based system evolved centuries ago as a device to control human behaviour in an environment with limited resources. Back then scarcity was something very real, but now we have the technology to produce and harvest an abundance of resources.

Today money is used to regulate the economy, and to say that things have gone a little pear-shaped is an understatement. In truth, all of the world’s economic systems (socialism, communism, fascism, etc.) perpetuate social stratification, elitism, nationalism, and racism, and are primarily based on economic disparity. In other words, so long as a social system uses money or barter, people and nations will seek to maintain the economic competitive edge.

As a result of the imperialistic spread of money-based systems, inequality today is greater than it has ever been. This is because our current monetary system is not capable of providing a high standard of living for ever­yone, nor can it ensure the protection of the environment because the major motive is profit.

Similarly, our outmoded political and economic systems are unable to apply the real benefits of today’s innovative technology to achieve the greatest good for all people, and to overcome inequality. Our technology is racing forward, yet our social designs have remained relatively static. In other words, cultural change has not kept pace with technological change. To make matters worse, science and technology today have been diverted from achieving the greatest good for reasons of self-interest and monetary gain.

The Earth is still the same place; it is just the rules of the game that are obsolete and create strife, deprivation and cause unnecessary human suffering …

So, what’s the solution? Should we simply burn all our decorated notes with a similar vigour as the bra-burning feminists of the sixties? This may be a little drastic, but let’s picture a world where money didn’t exist.

(The following is based on the aims and proposals of The Venus Project — an organisation that proposes a feasible plan of action for social change):

A resource-based economy
To better understand the meaning of a resource-based economy, consider this: if all the money in the world were destroyed, as long as topsoil, factories and other resources were left intact, we could build anything we choose to build and fulfill any human need.

This is because it is not money that people need; rather, it is free access to the necessities of life. In a resource-based economy, money would be irrelevant. All that would be required are the resources and the manufacturing and distribution of products.

Simply stated, a resource-based economy would utilise existing resources rather than money, and would provide an equitable me­thod of distributing these in the most efficient manner for the entire population. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other form of debt or servitude.

Abundant Mother EarthThe Earth is abundant with plentiful resources. Today, our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counterproductive to our survival. Modern society has access to highly advanced technologies and can make available food, clothing, housing, medical care, a relevant educational system, and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy such as
geothermal, solar, wind and tidal power.

When education and resources are made available to all people at no cost, there would be no limit to the human potential. Although it is difficult to imagine, even the wealthiest person today would be far better off in a resource-based society.

Today, the middle classes live better than kings of times past. In a resource-based economy everyone would live better than the wealthiest of today …

In such a society, the measure of success would be based on the fulfilment of one’s individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power. Know that it is now possible to have everyone enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities that a prosperous civilization can provide. This can be accomplished through the intelligent and humane application of science and technology. The choice is ours to make. We no longer need to imagine.

• This article was inspired by the documentary film Zeitgeist Addendum. To learn more about The Venus Project or to become a part of the movement visit: www.thezeitgeistmovement.com and www.thevenusproject.com

You can read the other two parts to this series below:
Part 3: Incentive to work
Part 1: The power of the planet
Evolve: A response by Wogan May