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6.One Planet Project

posted Sep 27, 2012, 8:26 AM by Rishi Gangoly   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 6:11 PM by Shiv Hastawala ]


This is a simple street-awareness exercise based on a set of questions and answers on current national & global issues. Whether you have a team of volunteers or you're all alone, you can easily conduct this activity in your city, colony, workplace, college, or any local hangout, specially on weekends when more people are out of their homes. Here's what to do:

  1. Whenever you decide to conduct this activity, announce your event here, so other volunteers in your city can participate.
  2. Print out a few copies of each sheet linked in the toolkit below. (Print one copy each of the QnA sheets, a few Database sheets, and lots of Flyers -- depending on your budget.)
  3. Get together with other volunteers and head out in teams. If no one shows up to help, hit the streets alone!
  4. It's great if someone has a camera (still or video) to document the exercise. Phone pics will also do. If you have nothing to shoot/click with, just take the printouts and start!
  5. Find and engage people in a quick on-the-spot quiz as part of a general awareness drive.
  6. Give them the Question Sheet and ask them to read out each question and first give their answer.
  7. Keep the Answer Sheet with you and, after hearing the person's answer, give them the right answer along with additional information provided on the sheet.
  8. At the end of the exercise, ask them for general feedback, such as: What did you think of the exercise? Do you feel people are aware of these issues? if not, why? Are you interested in this kind of information, and would you like to be part of such awareness activities in the future? etc.
  9. This is the window where you can openly talk about the TZM/RBE initiative. Hand out a TZM flyer, and direct them to the TZM India website and email.
  10. If they wish to conduct this exercise with their family or friend circle, give them a copy of the QnA sheets if it suits your pocket, or email it to them after the exercise.
  11. Request them to share their name and email, so you can send them a copy of the QnA sheet and other TZM info if they like.
  12. Write a short review of your event (with pictures preferably), in terms of how many people/locations you covered, what were the general responses, etc., and send your event report to info [at] tzmindia [dot] com to be published on this website.


  1. Approach people as non-profit volunteers. Most often they tend to ask what organization you're from. Explain that you're not working for an NGO, but are a volunteer for a non-profit movement that works online and through various teams and projects across 1100 chapters worldwide.
  2. Target more of the youth and students as they're far more interested in the world. It will be specially effective to talk to students from streams like commerce, finance, business, management, planning, technology, etc., as they will find more relevance to their subjects here.
  3. Do your homework before you go. People, specially students, who are well-informed will contest your information and ask questions. Make sure you are well-informed yourself to answer them satisfactorily.
  4. Adapt to the culture and language. If you feel people are not too comfortable speaking in English, translate the questions in Hindi or the local language, while they are reading the Question sheet.
  5. Carry the Zeitgeist films on a laptop and/or pen-drive (Addendum and Moving Forward) so you can share them with people who express interest in seeing the films.
  6. Most importantly, have fun!

For any feedback or queries about this exercise, please email info [at] tzmindia [dot] com

To check out the global campaign, visit

1.TZM BOINC Project

posted Feb 23, 2012, 4:00 AM by TZM India   [ updated Nov 28, 2014, 11:08 PM by Shiv Hastawala ]


Make your computer an activist for The Zeitgeist Movement!

Volunteer your devices' (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, ARM, etc) computing/processing power for scientific research that could help us transition to a NL/RBE faster! We need your help to reach a goal of 25,000 active members on this team, so that TZM can contribute alongside some of today’s most powerful supercomputers. This will bring mainstream media recognition to the movement as an organization of substance and goodwill.

By participating in this project, we also get to:

  • Show the world the collaborative power of the movement
  • Contribute to advancing scientific research
  • Accelerate research in Quantum Computing and help revolutionize computer science
  • Trigger curiosity about the movement among the research community
  • Be recognized by the media and the research community, as a ready-to-help positive organization
  • Build a good relationship with the scientists at the company behind this project, who have the technological knowledge to help us build a central computer for NL/RBE city systems

We’re already at the #1 spot in team rankings for and at the #33 spot overall.

Join The Zeitgeist Movement BOINC Project 

(It only takes you 10-20 minutes to set up and join, and it’s all automated after that)

If you can't find a matching version of the BOINC software for your operating system on the link above, all available versions for different operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, ARM, etc) can be found HERE. (An easier step for Ubuntu users is to search for 'BOINC' on the Ubuntu Software Center and install the same from there itself. At the moment BOINC is not available for iOS and the reasoning for the same can be found here)

The project completed by the TZM BOINC team, Aqua@Home, helped develop the world's first quantum computer. Watch the video below to gain more information on the topic:

The details of the completed project Aqua@Home can be found here.

“Why I Advocate” Campaign

posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:59 AM by TZM India   [ updated Jul 1, 2014, 10:54 AM by Shiv Hastawala ]


(PLEASE NOTE: This campaign has been closed but you are welcome to create and submit your video to help boost the RBE awareness efforts.)

This is a great chance to literally lend your voice and your face to the movement. All you need to do is make a video of yourself talking about why YOU advocate a Resource Based Economy, in your own words. You can use a videocam or your webcam to shoot the video, and upload it on YouTube. You can go to YouTube now and search for “Why I Advocate” videos. You’ll be surprised by the numbers flowing in every day.

Once you’re done, send an email to info [at] tzmindia [dot] com and we’ll post your video here.

So make it powerful. Make it ironic. Make it witty. Make it funny. Make it compelling. Or just make it different. Whatever it is — make it REAL. Because your point of view counts. And that’s the point of this movement. It belongs to everyone.

5.Translate the message

posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:51 AM by TZM India   [ updated Nov 2, 2014, 9:38 PM by Shiv Hastawala ]


For a country like India, with a population of over a billion people, and thousands of languages and dialects, translation is vital for increasing awareness of a Resource Based Economy among the masses.

Anyone who has a hold on any Indian language and thinks they can do some translation work for the movement, they can fill out the following form (or write a mail to translations[at] tzmindia [dot] com) and they will be taken through the whole procedure:

9.Transition to NLRBE

posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:49 AM by TZM India   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 9:55 PM by Shiv Hastawala ]


The Zeitgeist Movement is all about educating the masses regarding the shortcomings of the present system and proposing a better alternative but one major aspect of it is to actually help the world transition to the new socioeconomic paradigm known as the Natural Law / Resource Based Economy. However, since we still live in a monetary system where voluntary efforts might fall way short for achieving the latter and also because the movement strictly prohibits the collection and usage of any kind of funds for activism purposes, TZM has been unable to implement any major transition plans because of which it has been facing criticism regarding the ‘action’ towards an NLRBE. Hence, as explained in the subheading ‘A Means, Not an End’ of the article ‘How TZM Works’, we would like to reiterate the fact that with the current stand of the movement with regards to funding, there is a huge possibility that any significant transition blueprints might not come to fruition if tried to work upon from within TZM as projects of the same.

However, what is still possible is for every individual associated with TZM to imbibe the philosophies, knowledge and skills required to build an NLRBE and then to implement it at their own level (in their own respective capacities) to build a better world in order to lead by example. Therefore, we have created a list of relevant projects and organizations (both local and/or global) and resources below that you could learn from, contribute to and get inspired by to take action in the desired direction.

NOTE: TZM is not associated with any of the projects or organizations listed below. They are mentioned here just because they might partially help propagate TZM’s train of thought independently and because of the relevance of their aims to that of the movement’s.





Scientific Method

To look at everything from a neutral viewpoint

YouTube Video

Systems Approach

To understand that everything is interconnected

YouTube Video

Assessing Scientific Findings

To assess scientific research findings in different areas of study

YouTube Video






Generic Medicine

To consume medicine without the brand so as to reduce corporate monopolies

Jan Aushadhi (Govt of India)

Physical Health

To engage in various activities for physical well being

Raahgiri Day (Delhi)

Inner Peace & Health

To meditate for a balanced mind

Vipassana (Pan India)

Printable Medicine

3D-Print medicine at your home

Fab@Home Project






Self-Designed Learning

To spread self-teaching methods rather than following school syllabi

Swaraj University (Udaipur)

SECMOL (Ladakh)

EBHLE (Mandangad)

School in the Cloud


Massive Open Online Courses

To acquire world class specialized education for free



Khan Academy

MIT OpenCourseWare

Yale OpenCourseWare







To create regenerative and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems

Rico Zook's Permaculture Workshop (Darjeeling)

Urban Agriculture

To provide an abundance of food using advanced production methods

Pet Bharo Project (India)

Hamari Krishi (India)

Garden Guru (Bangalore)

Green Tech Life (Bangalore)

Cybernated Farm Systems (USA)

Open-Source Seeds

To make seeds available to everyone

Open Source Seed Initiative (Global)






The Human & its Purpose

Understanding the human, its purpose, its relation with other humans and nature

Madhyasth Darshan (Pan-India Workshops)

Human Unity

To bring out the oneness in us

Soka Gakkai (Worldwide)

One Asia Project (Auroville)


Equality of sex, gender, sexual orientation, stature, race, caste, Creed, religion, etc

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights






3D Printing

To spread awareness about 3D Printing as a wasteless manufacturing method

Fab@Home Project

Autodesk Spark Investment Fund

Autodesk Open Source 3D Printer

Material Goods Designing

Open-source designing of material goods

Collaborative Design System (TZM Global)






Modular Thinking

To produce modular material goods for easy upgradation so as to reduce solid waste

Google Ara (Modular Smartphone)

Blocks (Modular Smartwatch)

MakerMex 3D Printer

FLUX 3D Printer

Phonebloks (Modular Electronics)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce solid waste generation

RUR (Mumbai)






Reducing Work Hours

To reduce labor hours globally

4 Hour Work Day (Global)

Following One's Passions in Life

To draw a line between earning a living and life's passions

Head2Heart Retreats (Bir, Himachal Pradesh)






Open Source Thinking

The blueprint of anything should be available to everyone to edit and build upon

Open Source Software

Open Source Hardware

Open Source Ecology


Creative Commons

To share creative works without property rights

Creative Commons

Resource Sharing & Collaborative Consumption

To lend/borrow/give/take resources (without any scope for profit) as and when needed

Streetbank (Global)

Freecycle (Global)

The Free Store (Thane)


To shift from monetary transaction to trust

Moved By Love (Ahmedabad)

Collaboration & Cooperation


Gift Circles






Unconditional Basic Income

To give every human access to the basic necessities of life

Basic Income Earth Network (Global)

Alternative Inflation-Free Currencies

To create inflation-free currencies

Peer Coin

(Constant inflation of 1% per year)

Mutual Credit Systems

To get past the usage of money

TimeBank (USA)

Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS)






Microgeneration of Renewable Energy

To generate renewable energy at the individual/community level

EBHLE (Mandangad)

MinVayu (Auroville)

Windmill Course (Pune)

Email: anutideman[at]gmail[dot]com

Sustainable Living

To get a taste of what actual sustainability is

Sadhana Forest (Auroville)

Natueco Farm (Indore)

SECMOL (Ladhak)

Sreejan (Bhopal)

Navadarshanam (Bangalore)

Parivartan (MP)

RBE Design

To redesign what the world could look like if current technological methods are applied for sustainable design

Global Redesign Institute (TZM Global)







To bring the power from a higher authority down to the very people who are affected by the decisions

UNDP-DDC Decentralized Governance of Natural Resources

Open Source Government

To allow citizens to get informed, join the conversation and vote on topics

The Net Party (Argentina)

Democracy OS

3.Spread the word

posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:48 AM by TZM India   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 12:45 AM by Shiv Hastawala ]


When people first learn about The Zeitgeist Movement and want to be part of it, they aren’t really sure about what needs to be done. Although we feel that each one has to figure out on their own what they want to do about it, our primary suggestion is to consider spreading awareness through 3 simple steps:

  1. Learn
  2. Share
  3. Repeat


Ask questions (not disguised as opinions) to get direction on learning the subject more. So if you are pointed in the direction of watching a video documentary, do watch the video documentary. This may lead you to more questions, which you must ask on the forums. That might bring you directions to watch yet another documentary, and this could go on for a while. Your questions will eventually clear themselves out, but don’t stop asking questions for they will keep the learning process alive.

Video documentaries are a great way to spread awareness because they are:

  • FREE FROM INTERRUPTIONS: The viewer can’t interrupt a documentary unless he/she decides to stop it 
  • MORE EFFECTIVE: A documentary is far more effective as it combines video and audio information which helps the viewer receive higher clarity directly.
  • SCALABLE: A documentary is scalable and can be used as a tool to spread information to the masses. One human being simply cannot repeat the same information over and over again. A DVD can be duplicated. A video can be viewed online. It can be downloaded, copied and distributed on a pen drive and so on.


Talk to others. A good way to spark such conversations is by showing them videos like Zeitgeist Addendum for a start. When they ask questions, you would be in a position to answer them because you’ve spent some time on step 1, which is learning. It is possible that you may not know the answer to a question, which would bring you to the third and most important step.


In order to get maximum clarity on how to proceed with these tasks, it is imperative to continue the process of Learning and Sharing. Soon your own understanding will be crystal-clear and you will be a natural genius at spreading the word too! 

4.Screen a movie

posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:47 AM by TZM India   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 8:26 PM by Shiv Hastawala ]


After the highly successful worldwide release of Zeitgeist Moving Forward in Jan 2011, including a number of premieres in India, the movie is now available online for free to watch. Also, the movie Zeitgeist Addendum is available in Hindi Subtitles (click the settings button and change the subtitles to Hindi). Now is a great time to organize a movie screening in your school, college, workplace or locality.

Here are some general tips to keep in mind if you’re doing a screening.

Find a venue

  • Some venues can be used for free for projects related to creative/social awareness. Try and find one like that in your city. If you do, please let us know so we can create and expand a list of such venues around the country.
  • Educational institutions are a good place to screen these films and conduct Q&A sessions, since students are more receptive to new information and therefore more eager to explore it and pass it on.
  • If your venue comes with a price tag, get in touch with fellow TZM supporters from your city/area, and try to raise the money collectively.
  • If no venues are available, TZM volunteers can always conduct screenings for small gatherings in their own homes.
  • Ensure you obtain a written confirmation from your venue, and/or the required permissions (if any) from proper authorities.


Keep it free

  • Since this is a self-funded initiative, try and keep all your events free of any monetary exchange.
  • If you are incurring heavy costs for venue, equipment, etc. which you can’t raise internally, you may charge a small fee to cover these expenses.
  • If you are charging a fee for a screening, ensure that you use any leftover money to fund future screenings, as well as events such as Z-Day.


Get down to details

  • Check the venue physically, in terms of seating arrangements, washrooms, parking facilities, police permissions (where applicable), level of outside noise, weather protection, drinking water cooler, availability of air conditioning, option of serving refreshments etc.
  • If the venue has many windows with lots of daylight coming in, try choosing a time in the evening to screen your movie, preferably after sunset.
  • For large halls it’s important to get a good sound system, as a room with a lot of tile can make the sound completely flat.
  • Arrange for a sound system, a projector and a screen. You can usually hire these for about Rs 2000-2500. Some venues may also provide these for free.

Collect data

  • Assign someone to handle a Registration Desk, to capture contact details of the people attending the event: Name, Number, City and Email. This information can be used to send out news related to The Zeitgeist Movement.
  • Ideally try to organize a computer/laptop at the desk, so that it’s easier to store details directly on to an excel spreadsheet


  • Keep a set of A4 flyers carrying information about the movement and its goals. Make sure it covers The Zeitgeist Movement and a Resource Based Economy.
  • Distribute DVDs of the films. We suggest you charge for the DVDs (not exceeding your basic cost price of buying and burning blank DVDs) since our experience shows that FREE DVDs end up in the trash. That’s the ‘Paisa Vasool’ syndrome!


Record IT

  • Have a friend accompany you so that he/she can take pictures of the event.
  • If you can, get someone to also record a video of the event, particularly the Q&A session so it can help other activists in the future.
  • Post your event pictures and videos on TZM India GoogleGroup.
  • Send your material to info [at] tzmindia [dot] com so we can upload it to this website and the TZM India YouTube Channel.


  • To handle a Q&A session after the screening, make sure you have a microphone so that you can be heard by everyone no matter where they’re seated.
  • If you’re shooting the event, make sure the cameraman first captures the person asking the question, and then the person answering it.
  • Direct the cameraman to capture the speaker while he’s addressing the audience, and not pan across the audience too much.
  • Go through this video and understand it properly before you handle questions.
  • Check out the Q&A videos posted on our blog to see how others handle questions.

Take breaks

  • If the movie is too long, like in the case of Zeitgeist Moving Forward, people might tend to get restless and want to leave. In such scenarios, a small break for tea/coffee and refreshments is advisable.
  • Aim to do this at a minimal cost. Simple tea and coffee would do. Depending on the place and number of people, you can look at including accompaniments (like biscuits or dal-wadas or a similar cost-effective snack). Keep it sasta & tikau. 

If you have any questions or get stuck along the way, please mail us on info [at] tzmindia [dot] com

You can also screen the following copyright-free movies:

To screen copyrighted material like “Future By Design”, you need to purchase a copy of it from the film producer William Gazecki. Click here to order your copy of this DVD.

2.Hand out information

posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:16 AM by TZM India   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 12:40 AM by Shiv Hastawala ]


Use our standard flyer or get creative with your own TZM flyers to be handed out to people at screenings, gatherings and crowded locations.

You can also create and distribute DVDs of movies/videos like

If you would like to mass duplicate DVDs you can contact these vendors.


Bhupendra Patel. KMEDIA. +91 9702933999, +91 9833326663.,

8.Announce an Event

posted Feb 23, 2012, 3:13 AM by TZM India   [ updated Sep 23, 2013, 1:01 AM by Shiv Hastawala ]


If you’d like to catch up with other TZM India members in your city, or hold an event, you can organize a meeting yourself.

Fill out the details in the form and register your event.

TZM India Event Form

Click here below for help to create a registration form. 

If you prefer to watch a video to learn how to do it click the link below

We will broadcast this event to the registered members on the TZM India newsgroup.

Remember to carry a camera, click pictures and post them on The Zeitgeist Movement India Chapter Facebook Page.

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