Today's trade society is a global "thing", spreading across cultures and regimes. A strategy to move from this trade-society to a non-trade-society, a post trade society, is thus nearly impossible to contemplate by any group of humans. Therefore we do not see any "on paper" solution to this. The solution is always understanding the problem. Cancer or the flu cannot be dealt with unless you understand them, and it requires thousands of people working to solve these problems, across many years, trying multiple solutions. The same way that there is no one cure for cancer or the flu, there is no one "cure" for our trade-based society. We need thousands of solutions to this. In order for this to be accomplished our only goal should be: trade is the origin of most problems, and thus we need to make trade obsolete. The "one enemy" plan (trade as the enemy) will keep any organization fighting "it" in a collaborative state, regardless if these organizations directly collaborate with each other or not. If 1.000 organizations fight to cure cancer, and 4 of them find 10 solutions to eradicate 50% of the all cancers, then their solution is a victory for all the 1.000 organizations, and very likely their solutions are a result of the research done by the other organizations as well.
And now, this is our plan with TROM in regards of getting rid of trade: education + infrastructure. We need to focus on educating people about what trade is and why trade creates most of the world's problems. On top of that we need to showcase what solutions there can be (like abundance, automation, decentralization, etc.). The second focus is infrastructure: create this post-trade world. Our finances are almost non existent so for now we are focusing on creating trade-free services like curating search engines, news, videos; trade-free educational books, a customized Linux operating system, recommending trade-free software, documentaries, and more. They will be soon added under a "tool" page on tromsite.com. We want to label our services as "trade-free" and hopefully this will spread like the open source idea did. Therefore we do two things in one shot: we create trade-free services (something that has a direct impact on people) and we promote the "trade-free" idea through them. Education + infrastructure!
The more financial support we get the more we can do in both aspects.
We have tons of materials on tromsite.com explaining the problem (trade) and solutions + trade-free tools.
We make memes for all of our books to share on social networks. Starting with the book "The Origin of Most Problems" we made it possible for people to translate these memes. Go here to access all of our memes. Now search for .odg files. These are LibreOffice Draw project files that we started to make our memes with. An example is this odg file.
1. Open it with Libre Office
2. Start translating the memes.
3. After you are done export to PDF
4. Convert the PDF to images. For Linux simply open the terminal and type "pdftoppm input.pdf imag -png" - make sure you do the action from the folder where the PDF is located. For example if your PDF is named LALA.pdf and it is located in your Downloads folder, then open the terminal and type "cd Downloads" (to enter the folder), then "pdftoppm LALA.pdf imag -png". That's all. Now all of the pages of the exported PDF will be converted into individual images with the name "imag" (1,2,3, etc.). You can, of course, change the name of these images from that code.
Basically you export the Draw project file (odg) to PDF and then extract all of the PDF pages as individual images. For other operating systems you may be able to find a program that does that.
This is unfortunate but let me explain. The Internet world is a very weird place and humans invented this thing called "copyright" - meaning, some thing they own 1s and 0s. We use many videos, images, or audio files from the Internet and we make no profits on the back of them and we credit them all. However these materials are found on all kinds of websites (like Youtube) and these places remove content all the time. To put it simply: when we use a video from Youtube and embed to our books, if that video is not popular or from a known source, it is going to be deleted from Youtube and thus from our book. To avoid this we rarely download some videos that are likely to be removed by Youtube and upload to our Vimeo account. Then embed them to our books. This way we make sure those videos are available for the years to come.
However, in order to avoid them getting deleted from Vimeo or to crowd our own Vimeo channel with random videos, we made them "hidden from Vimeo". This means they can only be seen on any other website but not Vimeo. So they are available on tromsite.com or any website that embeds them.
We found a solution with Dropbox that is going to solve this issue and we will work soon on replacing all Vimeo hosted videos with Dropbox hosted, that can be accessed from any location. We have ~130 videos that we need to replace. Until then you can read our books on tromsite.com
TROM is not about promoting "original" ideas nor it proclaims to do so. TROM's core message is that trade is the source of most problems and we have to create a world where trade is unnecessary: based on open source, abundance, automation, volunteers, and the like. TROM is also about science and challenging today's norms. I (Tio) am not familiar with the above, but if they talk about the same message then it is even better. Actually "money as the source of most problems" is an old idea dating thousands of years in the past, but what TROM does is to clarify it and say that "trade and not money" is the source of most problems. Today it is widely understood that money corrupts politicians, muddies the science, and creates a ton of issues. So there is nothing new under the Sun here. Again, the only thing TROM does is to explain in detail why trade and not money is the problem, and what solutions there can be to lead to a trade-free world. The more people are going to promote the message, the better for all of us, because TROM is about an idea, not about a project. Projects and people die, ideas survive ;).
To translate go to Amara here, and if you want to dub in another language please use our video without narration from here - please contact us before you start dubbing it so that we check if it was dubbed in that language before. We will host this video to our TROM vimeo channel (and of course you'll have your own coy too). The video will be posted on a separate page for that language - see the example with our German page - if there are enough materials translated into that particular language. If not it will be shared on our Vimeo channel until we have enough materials in that particular language to create such a page.
TROM will always remain trade free. Meaning we won't ask you for anything in order to access the stuff TROM produces. Whatever TROM produces is, and always will be, available as trade free: for viewing, downloading, editing, redistributing and sharing. Even if we run out of funds, that can only have an impact on tromsite.com (domain and server), and a few of our accounts, plus producing new TROM content. But all of the past TROM content is already available online as peer to peer sharing. Meaning, the TROM content is already stored on multiple computers all around the world independent of or our control. So, past TROM materials are already into the wild ;). All of these materials can be downloaded by anyone, from here. On top of that, TROM is made by many volunteers who dedicate (or dedicated) a lot of their time to create new content for the project, help with proofreading, translating, website management, and so forth, therefore in order to monetize TROM it would mean to forcefully profit on the backs of all of those people, and this is the worst thing TROM can do. I hope it is clear that TROM will never be monetized in any way. We won't sell stuff, we won't lock stuff behind paywalls, we won't give preferential access to those who donate to us, and so forth.
So, TROM is trade free and always will be.
Make sure that the materials you want to translate are not already translated or dubbed. Just go to the books page, and click the name of any book to expand the details (there you'll see some flag icons, or you won't see any in case that book wasn't translated into any language). Do the same for VideoBooks. Alternatively check tromsite.com homepage to see if there is already a page built for that language (check the flags). In case you are confused, simply contact us before you start translating so that you don't duplicate the work (we don't want you to work on stuff that is already translated 😉 ).
We make our books into LibreOffice Draw, which is a free and open source software available for all platforms. You can find all of out books that we made into Draw format, over here. You will have access to both the Plain Text files for any of our books and also the Draw Project files. Please keep this in mind: Plain Text versions of our books are not properly updated so if you want to translate use the Draw Project files. Open with Draw and start translating - as simple as that. The issue is that not all TROM Books have text in the Draw format so you will have to use the text from the PDF files. In this case, use the PDF as the basis for the text and add the translated text into Draw project file - try to use the same kinds of fonts. In the future we will make all of our Draw project files with text. In the same folder you will see another folder called "fonts" - make sure you download it and install those fonts on your system in order for the books to be rendered perfectly. In Linux simply copy that folder to your Home folder and make sure it is called ".fonts" with " . "
So, it is super simple:
a. download LibreOffice Draw and install
b. install the fonts
c. download the Draw project file for the book that you want to translate - if the book contains the text then simply translated it directly into Draw, if it does not contain the text then use the PDF format of the book as a guidance for the text and add the text manually into Draw using similar fonts where possible.
d. after you are done translating, export it into PDF format
c. send us the PDF
A few things to clarify:
- you can add links into Draw the normal way (select text, add hyperlink, and make it underline or change its color if needed) as that's all we need. These links will convert into tromsite.com style (highlight, hover) when we will upload these PDFs to our website. Also, links to videos and photos open automatically into popups in our viewer once we add the PDF to it (on tromsite.com). Basically don't worry about the links - just add any in the normal way you would do for any text document.
- if you want to replace our English sources (links) with links from another language (the language that you are translating the book into) you can do that but pay attention to what links you choose. An English Wikipedia source replaced with a Spanish Wikipedia source is ok, but make sure you find similar sources for the other links if you wish to replace them. Another tip: if you are going to use other sources than Wikipedia, archive these links whenever possible with the Internet's Archive "Wayback Machine". This way links will not be removed from the Internet in the future.
- keep the name of the PDFs EXACTLY the same if you are going to later edit them, so when you send us the updated PDFs we can just upload to our servers and that will replace the old books with the new ones. If your original PDF that you send us is called "Behaving: From Genes to Gender" please don't send us the updated version as "Behaving From Genes to Gender" or "Behaving from genes to Gender" because it makes it harder to update it on the website.
- we will post your translated book on our books page
- to share any translated book anywhere (in our tromsite.com format) go to the above page (books), click on any (flag) and then on the first page of the book click the share button. Now copy that url.
- the translated book is always yours (you have control over it and you have copy on your computer as a PDF file) but the book will also be available for everyone in online format (our online viewer) and as a PDF file
You can make a subtitle for our videos or dub them into another language. Go here to our VideoBooks page, click the title of any video, and you will see instructions as to how you can do that and access to all of the files you need. Make sure that video wasn't already dubbed. When done send it to us (video file or subtitle as amara link). If you can upload the video to YouTube please do so (whatever account you choose), if not we will host it. The voiced over video will be available on our VideoBooks page (click details of any video).
Go to Amara here and just start translating. It is super easy and you can rely on the English captions to translate faster. When you are done with a subtitle please leave a comment on Amara so we know about it to add it to tromsite.
If we have enough materials translated into one language we will make a special page for that language - see template here.
I would say yes, of course. Our books, videos, everything we create can be shared and used by anyone. We only ask a link back to the original content, like we also do when we add stuff to our work from other places.
TROM has no producer or director, and it is not run by a company. I (Tio) started TROM back in 2011 and since then many others have helped propel this project forward. TROM is a volunteer-based project.
A. The advantages of writing for TROM:
1. You learn how to present a subject.
2. You will learn how to take in healthy 'critiques' because I (Tio) or others will ask questions about your article and put it under the microscope. The purpose is to make it bulletproof. No worries, everything is super friendly and meant to make your article much better. We will work together on this.
3. You will have your article proofread and designed. The proofreading is basic and you have the last word in any change that is made to the text (your writing style will be preserved). The design will be to enhance your article and you will also have the last word in regards to it.
4. Your article will be promoted like all TROM articles/books are. We will make memes out of it and post on our social network, and in the future, we will make videos out of it (see TROM Series), audiobooks, and also add it to our huge TROM quiz.
6. Your article will be available online as HTML5 and plain text, and offline as PDF.
5. You own your article. After we post it via TROM, you can also post it anywhere you want to in any format you want to. You will have a copy of your book in PDF and plain text format that you can use any way you want to (of course).
B. Tips for writing:
1. Write about stuff that you consider super important. Please do not send articles you already wrote. We want to post original content on TROM and we will check every article to see if it was posted anywhere else before.
2. Let us know please what the subject will be so that we can check to see if we covered it previously. Describe it a bit.
3. Write as if you explain it to a 10 year old - We always try to do that so everyone understands. TROM is not a scientific journal, by contrary, it is "something" that tries to explain complex and important topics in very simple ways (simple language).
4. If you can, use Libre Office Writer to write the articles (it is an open source format and free software) and sent it to us.
5. Use sources for your claims. If you claim something then try to make it as scientific as possible and source that claim. Wikipedia, scientific articles, governmental sources, are among the best to base your claims on. Try avoiding shady/controversial websites/sources.
6. Make the subject global: we don't focus on local issues or solutions since our problems are global and they require global solutions. You can start by explaining in detail a local problem/solution then expand it globally.
7. Always try to provide a solution of you present a problem.
8. Do not write for TROM, write for yourself, then send it to us. This way, if for some reasons your article is not approved, you won't feel like you wasted your time writing it. You can always publish what you wrote on your personal website or social network ;).
If you have any question just contact us.
Heh I've read those things several times and they are a mess. I even started to make an article on it and then I thought it may not be worth my time since it is easily 'debunkable'. Just to give you a few examples:
- when they measure poverty they look at how much people make per day, but there are many issues with that and they can never represent it properly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_poverty#Common_criticism.2Falternatives
- I also looked at the study that said "crime is lower nowadays" and one of the main reason was: better security. Meaning poor people find it harder nowadays to steal cars or broke into homes because of alarms, cctv cameras and such. So the measurement of crime shows what? That the world is getting better or that the security is getting better? Also back in the days you could be arrested for being a black man going for a walk at 2 am, and that counted as crime, today that's not happening that much - so if crime in the past was higher maybe was because of such things that were "silly" and we don't consider them anymore as crimes, but that doesn't imply that "people doing bad stuff" are less of them.
- they don't look into 'perceived poverty'. Meaning if people nowadays have more money but are bombarded by advertising making them feel 'poor' (I don't have new clothes, the news iphone, etc.) then this is important. More money per capita does not mean more happy people.
- they say today there are little chances someone will kill you than in the past. Maybe true, but we should also consider that today, with the internet and spreading of news so quickly, a guy in a truck can run over 20 people in Paris and kill 3, and that event will have a huge emotional impact on people (make them scared) + a huge political impact: think about what the "terrorism" idea made governments do -> from spying on people to feeling like in jail when you travel with an airplane. So less people killed (3 ran over with a truck) have far more impact today than maybe 1,000 killed in the past.
- also even if before we may have had less nuclear weapons than today, how can we measure the impact if today we are more or less likely to use them? If today the political stage is infected with hate and thirst for profit, then having less nuclear weapons is more dangerous than having more nuclear weapons but a more stable political arena.
- also if in the past 3 billion people were starving but we, as a species, only had the technological capability to feed 1 billion more, then how it compares with a present where around 1 billion are starving and we could feed 2 billion more? So today we have more capability to solve a problem like starvation, we throw away 30-50% of all edible food, and still we have around 1 billion starving. I think that's worse. Same applies for homeless people. Maybe in the past there were few homeless people but we also had fewer houses. Nowadays we may have less homeless (though 100 million does not sound so little) but we have way more empty homes.
And one more because I could continue for longer:
- they measure 'education' as "people going to school or be able to read". And they compare with the past where people didn't go to school that much. But what does going to school or able to read means? Hitler and Trump went to school. Didn't do that much good to them or to others affected by them. And poor people being able to read ..... maybe they are better targets for advertisements and scams. So all such measurements are quite poo-poo.
Maybe I'll make that article after all with proper sources and everything. I'll consider it.
There are several ways to answer this. Here’s my version:
1. I am not proposing an RBE at all because no one has a clear definition of that or because it sounds like it is about “resources”, so I migrated towards “a world where trade is unnecessary” because that means if it is unnecessary then it must be an abundance of goods, services, and opportunities. It also means that it is about solving the big problems: waste, corruption, violence, education, etc., and not about telling people what to do. Like I describe in The Money Game and Beyond ebook in detail it is like the goal is tackling aging to solve most health issues, and I don’t care it that’s done through replacing cells, modifying cells’ DNA, the telomeres, and so forth, as long as we keep it about “tackling aging”. Same here: I don’t care if you talk about circular cities, organic food, or whatever, as long as we are all about “tackling trade”.
2. Therefore point two: I or no one else can know what will happen in such a world and cannot try to imagine and solve all such problems like people throwing rocks and beating others, no more than thinking what will happen when people post mean comments on websites before inventing the internet.
3. My guess is that such situations will happen in any society, but again this is about tackling the big issues not these small ones. Though if people ask such questions ask them how are they resolved today. If someone beats other people then it may happen that others will either stop or beat this guy, some call the police and give him a fine, or he may be jailed. In a trade-free world people will have the time to find better solutions for this like avoiding such issues in the first place, and if such situations happen then they may stop this person and try to talk to him/her and resolve the issue peacefully. Who are “they”? I have no clue, maybe people seeing the event, maybe psychologists, maybe a different kind of peaceful police. Who knows what groups of people will form in this kind of society. I don’t think anyone imagined Wikipedia before the internet was invented, let alone the way wikipedia is edited by volunteers. But the goal was “create the internet and give equal access to all then will see how it goes”. Same way we cannot imagine all aspects of this kind of trade-free society.
I think what those who say this (decisions by machines) refer to different kinds of decision than what you said. I don’t think anyone (TVP, TZM, or others) think that an algorithm should decide how the educational system should look like, how to treat other people or animals, and so forth. You can make algorithms to suggest answers for these questions, but is up to people to decide upon such things.
Think about a treatment for cancer: even today there are AI’s used in arriving at decisions in regards to treatments for cancer, and these are life and death decisions. But these AI’s will not decide or force any treatment on anyone. They are also programmed by doctors to, perhaps, increase the healthy lifespan of the patient, not only the survival. So the AI is human flavored (the more scientifically flavored the humans, the smarted the AI). Then the patient can be shown the alternatives: X treatment has a longer survival rate but has these side effects, while Y treatment has a less survival rate though the side effects are not so bad. Then the patient decides what treatment to undergo. So the relationship between computers and people is complex and depends on the domain.For
For instance a software can be tested to see if it is safer to drive a car than a human, and if so then the software is chosen to drive cars (self driving cars) instead of humans.
So computers can be programmed to find better educational systems, or even how to best treat animals so that they won’t suffer, but these are all suggestions coming from a software designed by human minds, and only a scientifically minded society can make the best out of these suggestions. But it depends from situation to situation.
10 Euros: Backup DropBox for the website and TROM files
30 Euros: Virtual Private Server (website hosting); sometimes, if we have a ton of traffic this could be increased to 50E/month because the website uses a lot of RAM memory
8 Euros: Pixton Subscription (where we create the cartoon characters and scenery)
10 Euros: tromsite.com domain name
60 Euros: Vimeo
140 Euros: TROM VideBooks Footage
- 40 Euros: Private Internet Access VPN for seeding TROM files on torrents
Many times we need to buy plugins and subscription for these plugins to get support from developers. For example the news module was around 30 Euros, the caching plugin (to make the website faster) 40 Euros a year; The Quiz plugin around 30 Euros; Search engine around 25 Euros; the theme we are using around 40 Euros; and so forth. Sometimes we may need to buy 12 Euros to 25 Euros subscription to get access to 6 months of support for any of such plugins if we need that - support from the developers (and we needed that a couple of times).
We may also need access to paid articles/scientific journals for our books, or to documentaries (or audible.com) and so forth, and that can vary in how much it costs
We may need to buy software as well for creating the TROM VideoBooks, or to allow us to convert files, and so forth
A few times we had to pay for the photos we use for TROM ebooks and this can be around 5-10 Euros per photo or more.
I will say that I agree - this system/world is nearly impossible to change, however think about ‘aging’ - something I use to compare the TROM project with. When I made TROM documentary in 2011 and I talked about ‘aging’ as the cause of most health issues, something I learned from Aubrey DeGrey, it was such a controversial topic and very few looked at it seriously. It was like ‘pseudoscience’. 5 years later though, and now people talk about defeating aging as if it is a normal thing. To make people look at this idea of aging in this new way, it's a HUGE challenge, and it requires a lot of time and persistence. But once you start to break the normality then things progress quite quickly. Now you can see so many doctors and companies that invest time and money into tackling aging, and only a few years ago talking about it, it was almost like talking about UFOs, that’s how strange it was.
So, in my view, the only way to change the world is through education first. Make people comfortable with the idea of living in a different kind of society where no trade is necessary (money, bitcoin, gold, and such), no property/ownership makes any sense, there are no leaders, countries, and so forth. It is vastly more complex than explaining the “aging” thing, but in the end what’s the alternative? To just ignore all of these and live like the rest and not care? Will that do any better? In my opinion it won’t.
So, first is to make people comfortable with these ideas, and then the chain reaction will follow and all kinds of emerging things will happen: maybe rich people investing into technologies that will bring such a world closer to reality, maybe other more well known people will promote these ideas further, and so forth. And as we explain in great detail in the Money Game and Beyond ebook, this is a never ending journey, no one should imagine that this kind of world will be implemented in 2070 or something like that. It is a journey without an end.
TROM was meant to mean "The Reality Of Me" or "The Reality Of Mankind" - I came up with that name while working on the documentary in 2011. Now it can stand on its own as simply TROM :). My name is Tio TROM because of the documentary actually, it is a 'fake' name per-se.
Yes it is automatic. If you supported TVPMagazine on Patreon then you will automatically support the TROM project. And thank you for doing that! 🙂
Because we believe that it is unfair to treat people differently based on how much they can donate to help us. If anyone donates to the project then they get the 'perk' of the entire project. It is as simple as that 😉
It means those books are part of a book and will eventually merge into a single book. So, green corners mean that a book/article is part of a bigger book.
Please send an email here and tell us how you could help. You could review articles, write articles, help with proofreading, making videos, the website, and more. So let us know what you can do and we will get back to you. You can also subscribe to our newsletter (bottom of every page) and we will send emails when we need help with something more specific. Thank you :)!
Yes! Whatever we post in TROM's name is independent from TVP and TZM. We have very similar goals but work independently from one another.
Yes and no. Instead of releasing an issue that has 2-3 articles (thus, 2-3 subjects) we will release articles as issues, or as we call them "books". Why? Because is much faster and easier for all. For us to make them, for you to understand them. If we finish up an article, what is the point of waiting a few more weeks until we make 2-3 other articles, then release them at once?
In the past, while working for TVP Magazine, we released issues made of articles. But we then focused more on articles, separating them from issues, so that people can easily find them. We also made several articles that merged into books. So, it was confusing. Now we call everything "books". We do not release issues anymore containing a few articles, but we release articles directly as books.
TROM is not that different in terms of what both of these 'movements' (The Zeitgeist Movement and The Venus Project) seem to highlight: that today's monetary system is the source of most problems and we need to move towards a world of abundance. What TROM tries to do is to make this more clear and explain it in easy to understand ways. As an example of making things more clear, we do not say that money is the problem, but any kind of trade (money, gold, barter, bitcoin, and so forth). This is more true than just focusing on money as the problem, because some may think that the issue is in the way money works today and a new kind of currency (like bitcoin for example) might be better. As we argue in "The Money Game and Beyond" ebook the trade itself is the issue, as IT gave rise to the many kinds of monetary systems we experience today. This book is also an example of simplicity where we use many cartoons and a very simple language to explain why trade is the issue, what money is, and what solutions there are. Speaking of solutions we have a humongous amount of materials to detail how a world without trade is possible. Check our books and the documentary for that.
As explained on the homepage, TROM is a project aiming to present in details today's problems and solutions to these problems, but it is also about changing people's values. We think it is as radical in doing that as more and more doctors today are starting to recognize that 'aging' is the source of most human diseases; in the same way we showcase how trade (money, bitcoin,barter, whatever) is the root of most of today's problems: from famine to exploitation of people and the environments, terrorism, waste, climate change, and so much more.