Saturday, July 25, 2009

Buckminster Fuller

"For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. Only ten years ago the 'more with less' technology reached the point where this could be done. All humanity now has the option of becoming enduringly successful." - Buckminster Fuller, 1980.

Buckminster Fuller was probably one of the first futurists and global thinkers. He is the one who coined the term "Spaceship Earth"

Fuller devoted much of his life to resolving the gap between the sciences and the humanities, which he believed was preventing society from taking a comprehensive view of the world.

Doing «more with less» was his credo

«With the highest aeronautical engineering facilities of the world redirected from weaponry to livingry production, all humanity would have the option of becoming enduringly successful.» Harnessing the positive potential of new technology for the greater good was a key aspect of Fuller‘s outlook.
Although Fuller believed in utilizing the latest technology, much of his work developed from his inquiry into «how nature builds»
Fuller was committed to the physical exploration and visual presentation of his ideas.
Fuller thought to inspire people with his ideas for an abundant and equitable future - a vision he felt was absolutely attainable.
But he placed the ultimate responsibility for achieving that goal on us all.

«Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time. Our living rooms are empty seven-eights of the time. Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time. It‘s time we gave this some thought.» - Buckminster Fuller (I Seem to be a Verb, 1970)

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