Colin R. Turner is a Dublin-born author, musician and social activist. From a young age, Colin developed a strong passion for composing and playing music. However, after many unsuccessful attempts at starting a music career in early adulthood, it became apparent to Colin that his musical aspirations were unlikely to support him financially.
Opting instead for a music-related business, Colin created a company which became one of the leading CD replication companies in Ireland. Later, still with a desire to create music, Colin sold the company to pursue several independent music releases under the name Remuziq.
Though his music was critically acclaimed and well-received by media, it still fell short of offering anything close to offering financial stability, and at a time when the music business was financially imploding. Colin’s inquisitive mind soon led him to begin questioning the whole notion of ‘earning a living’ – why should anyone have to choose between pursuing their dreams or putting food on the table?
At around the same time the financial crisis of 2008 was in full freefall. Banks had lost billions, yet they didn’t fail, like any other business would. And the taxpayers were taking a hit to bail them out, facing years of austerity. How was that right… or even possible? It didn’t take long for Colin to begin questioning the idea of money itself.
Taking time out to research money and the capitalist system, Colin soon came to the realisation that our profit-driven system was unmistakenly responsible for some of the greatest issues we face in the world today, from poverty to environmental destruction to greed, poor health, poor nutrition and general disconnectedness in society.
Pondering the question of whether money created more harm than good, Colin came across the work and ideas of Jacque Fresco and R. Buckmister Fuller, two celebrated futurists who foresaw the adverse effects and eventual demise of money in 60s and 70s.
Suddenly feeling not quite so at odds with the world, Colin resolved to help make this a reality. Colin’s focus is now on encouraging people to wake up and take note of exactly what’s going on in our world today, and start changing our behaviour so we can enable the emergence of a new system that embraces new technologies that can be used to fulfil all our basic needs, allowing us to return to our true passions and live our lives to the fullest.
Colin’s ventures include the Free World Charter, a set of ten guiding principles by which we could create a world of abundance and fairness for all; Freeworlder, a worldwide people-powered free-sharing site that encourages the giving and receiving of goods and services; and HonorPay, a site focused on encouraging appreciation and gratitude by awarding ‘Honors’ to others.
Also available are Colin’s books: F-Day – The Second Dawn of Man, a fictional dramatisation of the transition to a money-free world; and Into The Open Economy, a non-fiction discussion of the problems caused by today’s money system, and detailed description of a fairer and more sustainable approach.