Born in 1895 Buckminster Fuller would be celebrating his 120th birthday this year if he were alive. Not that his own longevity was his focus.
He had set himself a huge goal to give his attention to, and that was:
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.
Wow … without ecological damage or disadvantage to another!
Observers must have felt that Bucky Fuller was from a different planet, and some sure did think he was.
He was referred to as an “Outlaw Designer” by som; and applauded for the same characteristics by others who knew that design breakthroughs were often created by these independent or “outlaw” thinkers.
Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue was one of the many who applauded Bucky and his work. One example is the picture of Fuller’s Dimaxion House, designed during the 1930’s and then built after WW2 to be air delivered to help solve the critical housing shortages in the United States. The house was around the same price as an auto-mobile, and was to be mass produced in aircraft assembly-lines, providing high quality, light-weight durable construction that could be easily recycled.
In the ‘blue’ quote above Buckminster Fuller says “It’s a FACT today that 1 in 10,000 of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.”
Just today there was an article on how Uber ‘taxi’ CEO had evidently said that Uber would purchase 500,000 autonomous electric cars from Tesla Motors in 2020. Now the “autonomous” label means the car does not need a driver. If you view the video’s of the state of the art Tesla Motors factories there are few humans involved in the car’s manufacturing. Automation is eliminating the need for human beings to work for a living … which as Bucky Fuller says at the start of the quote above, “is an absolutely specious notion” that human beings need to work for a living.
Another issue that Buckminster Fuller raised and we are now just starting to address is the FACT that all of our cities must be ‘demolished’ and redesigned in order for us to access the abundant future that is here, waiting for humanity to open her eyes.
The vast majority of cities around the world were designed and built before the beginning of the 20th Century. Many were designed to house warehouses and ‘workers’.
The business owners and bankers lived away from the ‘polluted cities’ and commuted when necessary.
Just as business competency has dropped from 30 years to 5 years or less, the half life of cities has also decreased. Designing a city where it is possible to commute in 15 minutes maximum, or work remotely has enormous savings. The half life of transport systems, of computers and phones along with most other ‘necessities’ is also following a similar trend and yet in most areas of life we are sitting still trying to preserve an expensive, inefficient and ineffective lifestyle.
The costs are evident where ever we look … around 20,000 people dying each day from hunger and preventable disease. Wars underway in many parts of the world, impacting innocent women and children at a time when they could easily be being lavished with kindness, with gifts and with love.
If you are not yet a student of Buckminster Fuller then take this opportunity on the anniversary of his birth to start. You will be so glad you did.
Happy birthday Bucky and thank you!