T H E I N S P I R A T O R R. Buckminster Fuller July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983
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Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Bucky published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome.
"If the success or failure of this planet, and of human beings, depended on how I am and what I do... How would I be? What would I do?"
"I seem to be a verb"
GUINEA PIG "B" ...I am confident that the only thing important about me is that I am an average healthy human. I am also a living case history of a thoroughly documented, half-century, search-and-research project designed to discover what, if anything, an unknown, moneyless individual, with a dependent wife and newborn child, might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity that could not be accomplished by great nations, great religions or private enterprise, no matter how rich or powerfully armed.
"Triangulation is the nature of nature"
"Never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person."
"We may safely say that the world is keeping its eye on the unimportant visible 0.1% of the historical transformations while missing the significance of the 99.9% overall unseen changes. Forms are inherently visible and forms can no longer follow function, because the significant functions are invisible."
"Of the total electromagnetic spectrum, humans can ONLY tune in directly to one-millionth of the range. 99.9% of all that is taking place in human activity and interaction with nature is taking place within the realms of reality that are invisible, inaudible, unsmellable and untouchable. What we usually speak of as our everyday world is a stage set with visible props which are easily manipulated by ignorant people to exploit the equal ignorance of others."
"I vowed to keep myself alive, but only if I would never use me again for just me. I vowed to do my own thinking, instead of trying to accommodate everyone else's opinion, credos and theories. I vowed to apply my own inventory of experiences to the solving of problems that affect everyone aboard planet Earth."
"It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry."
"There is no energy crisis, food crisis or environmental crisis. This is only a crisis of ignorance."
"The best way to predict the future is to design it."
"To make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone."
R. Buckminster Fuller was a 20th century inventor and visionary who did not limit himself to one field but worked as a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist' to solve global problems. Fuller's ideas and work continue to influence new generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a sustainable planet.
At a young age I was inspired by the ideas of Bucky. I lived and worked with a friend who knew Fuller and worked on various projects with him. Be it building a self-sustaining geodesic dome or designing a communications project about the electromagnetic spectrum, Bucky's insights have enabled me to view the world through a multifaceted prism.
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