I’ve recently become a big fan of The Zeitgeist Movement. Peter Joseph, it’s founder, seems to hit the nail on the head when it comes to the problems society faces.
I cannot completely summarize this concept, but I’ll try anyways.
Basically, the view of society would be that of a Resource Based Economy. Where people in society basically forego the use of money and instead focus on the resources that are available to them to make the best possible world for us all.
Some of its main points are that abundance, efficiency, and sustainability are the enemies of the capitalist world we live in today. All segments of society are encapsulated in a false sense of scarcity due to the monetary system.
For instance, we choose not to focus on clean energy - such as solar, wind, tidal/wave, and geothermal because if we were successful in this pursuit, energy would basically become free and have no value.
Other examples are that in the medical industry. We do not search for cures to cancer, aids, and other diseases because the whole industry is focused on merely treating sick and dying patients.
Products in general, are made in what is called “planned obsolescence.” Which basically means they’re made to break so we can buy a new one.
You must admit that in the capitalist system we have today, resources are wasted and so are people. Competition breeds distrust, inequality and causes a disconnect between people today.
In the Zeitgeist scenario, science and technology would be at the forefront of our decision making. The question that is presented throughout is not "can we afford it? but “do we have the resources and tecnology to make it happen?”
In many of our worlds problems, world hunger for instance, we do. But money gets in the way.
If you’d like to research, just go to youtube and type Zeitgeist or Peter Joseph and you’ll find plenty of videos.