Jacque Fresco’s background includes industrial design and social engineering, as well as being a forerunner in the field of Human Factors. Mr. Fresco worked as both designer and inventor in a wide range of fields spanning from biomedical innovations to totally integrated social systems.
The Venus Project reflects the culmination of Mr. Fresco’s life work: the integration of the best of science and technology into a comprehensive plan for a new society based on human and environmental concern. It is a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age.
Mr. Fresco was a guest lecturer at many institutions of higher learning. He addressed students at the University of Miami, Princeton, University of Southern California, Dade Junior College, Queens College, Presbyterian College, University of Southern Florida, Nichols College, Columbia University, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey of Mexico, Institute of Technology in Vienna, Austria, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Nova Southeastern University, City London University, University of Michigan, and others. He and Ralph Nader were featured guest lecturers at the University of South Florida. At Princeton University, Mr. Fresco addressed the Department of Sociology. His subject was Sociology of the Future. Along with the well-known anthropologist Margaret Mead, Mr. Fresco was extended an invitation to address the College Environment Conference in Washington, DC. He was a guest speaker for the Tenth Symposium for the Civil Engineering Department of TEC de Monterrey University in Monterrey, Mexico, Latin America’s top rated college.
Mr. Fresco was a guest speaker at The Utopian Studies Conference in Orlando, FL and lectured at several World Future Society Conferences. He was also guest speaker at a conference in Iceland and the guest of honor at The Futurists Summit 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as many other conferences, such as the Futurist Convention, Global Sciences Conference, the Future By Design’s Transitions ’96 Conference, and the Global Cleansweep and Solarsweep forum in Florida. He was a guest lecturer on future planning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the Technical University in Vienna, and at the conference at Dalian, China for the Development of N.E. China, as well as a conference at Abuja in Nigeria for the revitalization of its informal sector. Over the years, Mr. Fresco has also delivered lectures to numerous civic groups and various other organizations, such as B’nai B’rith of Los Angeles (CA) and Miami (FL), Mensa of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the Humanist Society, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara (CA), the Spinoza Outdoor Forum of Miami (FL), Unitarian Universalist Church in Daytona (FL), and others. In recent years, he delivered lectures at COP Kreativ, Copenhagen, Denmark; City London University, London, UK; and El Salvador, San Salvador. He was awarded the 2009 International Design Award from a! Diseño and lectured at their Life Loves Design conference in Ixtapa, Mexico. In 2009 and 2010 Fresco addressed supporters at the annual Z-Day event in New York. In 2010, he began a World Lecture Tour in which he presented over 26 lectures in 20 countries. It was very well received. In 2011, Mr. Fresco addressed the public for Occupy Miami at Government Center in Miami. In 2012, he was honored at Sustainatopia in Miami. In September 2012, Fresco addressed supporters in Banja Luka, Bosnia, and the Galactic Citizenship Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also addressed the audience at the New Jack City Festival. In July 2016, less than a year before his death, the United Nations bestowed an award for City Design & Community. In early 2017, Florida’s Baker Museum of Artis — Naples honored Fresco’s life by featuring a five-month exhibit called “Jacque Fresco: 100 Years of Vision” consisting of a timeline chronicling Fresco’s life and work, curated by Silvia Perea.
We have all heard lectures that downgrade the present state of affairs. They speak of such social problems as lawlessness, poverty, racial tension and divorce. But how many of us can recall any of these lectures offering creative solutions to these problems? Mr. Fresco’s presentations reflect a serious attempt to illuminate the causes and outline a wide range of constructive alternatives. He did this by presenting a redesign of our culture, one that would emphasize the intelligent use of science and technology to enhance the lives of all people while protecting our environment. His subjects range from “New Dimensions in Human Stupidity” to “Imagineering The Future.” A video often accompanies the lectures where his ideas are vividly brought to life through animated models, illustrations and computer animation.
His particular lecture technique enables uninformed audiences to grasp the significance of complex social and technical issues through his use of analogy, example, and anecdote. He speaks dramatically and passionately about the urgent transitional problems facing our contemporary society. His audiences find their attention focused closely on the words of Mr. Fresco from brilliant beginning to profound end. Mr. Fresco’s lectures have consistently been received with praise and enthusiasm.
Mr. Fresco was the founder of Sociocyberneering, Inc., now known as the Venus Project. With his associate Roxanne Meadows, he designed and built the entire twenty-five acre research facility. The function of this project is to prepare approaches and solutions to the major problems that confront the world today. Television, newspaper, and magazine coverage on the project has been worldwide.
Jacque Fresco died on May 18th, 2017. Today, Roxanne Meadows directs The Venus Project. She is available for lectures. For more information, contact her.