“One can not change an existing system;
one must create a new system that makes the old system obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
I wanna make it known that our species has enough for every living thing on Earth to be happy and healthy. This is a simplified way of saying something that is incredibly complicated. In the 1920’s, one of the greatest men who ever lived realized this and dedicated his life’s work to making it happen.
From Buckminster Fuller Institute:
R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born in 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.” Fuller did not limit himself to one field but worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. Throughout the course of his life Fuller held 28 patents, authored 28 books, received 47 honorary degrees. And while his most well know artifact, the geodesic dome, has been produced over 300,000 times worldwide, Fuller’s true impact on the world today can be found in his continued influence upon generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a more sustainable planet.
He built a LOT of really cool, really “ahead of his time” stuff. Including a most astounding vehicle that could hold 11 people, get 30 miles to the gallon, and still go 140 km’s per hour….in the early 1930’s! He called it the Dymaxion Car. Turns out, the original plans were just found in an attic in Massachusetts!
The man had a lot of really big ideas. I say they are big, because they mainly had to do with the whole planet. He coined the phrase “Spaceship Earth” and started telling everyone that the welfare of our planet depends not on the interests of 200 individual states/nations, instead by every living thing on it. This was called “The World Game”, a way to measure everyone’s peaceful, sustainable and regenerative tendencies. Check this out: http://bfi.org/about-bucky/buckys-big-ideas/world-game
This guy is infinitely cool. Go learn about him!