With the death of Steve Jobs, this piece his legacy live on.  And in the middle of it - very appropriately between John Lennon and Thomas Edison - is my teacher and mentor Bucky Fuller.

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Buckminster Fuller, Crowd, Individual Initiative

“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?” - Buckminster Fuller

Most of us like to believe that we are “rugged individualists,” that we can stand up on our own and that we have to “just do it” if anything is going to get done correctly.  Yet, even though Buckminster Fuller was the one person who more than anyone championed individual initiative he also constantly reminded us that we’re all in this together and it’s everybody or nobody. Back in 1927, he recognized the global nature of our problems and always argued for the success of all life on the planet he named Spaceship Earth.

To be clear, Buckminster Fuller constantly preached about the power of one individual taking action because only individual humans can think and take action.  No corporation, religion, government or other institution can do these two things, and he trimtabbed (leveraged with those two activities into consciously creating a successful life that made a difference.  John Denver even wrote a song for Bucky titled “What One Man Can Do.”

Still, that one man did not do it alone.  He contemplated situations and when he came up with an idea for an initiative or solution, he shifted from solo to massive inclusion.  His initiatives and solutions required the involvement of lots of other people, and Bucky was always “recruiting.”  That’s not to say he was seeing out converts or followers.  Rather, he was sharing his ideas and allowing others to support them or - better yet - take them on as their own so that the idea or solution would grow without him.  Then, he was free to move on to yet another idea and initiative.  And that’s how he achieved so much in one short lifetime of 88 years.

Fuller realized that the more people who were involved and felt like they owned an idea, the more successful it would be.  Instead of holding tight to his ideas and initiatives, he was more than willing to give them away.  Two of the critical elements in his successful operating strategy were inclusion and gratitude as reflected in the following quote:

 “I don’t have any favorite places or people.  I love the whole show.  A large number of beautiful people have taught me a great deal, and I am deeply indebted to them for their support.”

So, next time you find something that needs to be done (and that could be right now if you just look around because there’s plenty of things that need to be done) remember that you’re not alone.  In fact, you can’t succeed trying to do it alone.  The seed of an initiative can only spring from an individual, but the initiative requires community input and support if it is to be successful.

May our initiatives soon bring Bucky’s vision of “a world that works for everyone” into fruition soon.


 
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Bucky & livingry - Dome & Dymaxion Vehicle
"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 mater of converting the high technology from weaponry to livingry." -  Buckminster Fuller

Although most of the Occupy Movement people do not realize that their vision is nearly 90 years old, Bucky was constantly contending that big corporations and the military industrial complex were the cause of many of humankind’s problems.  It must also be noted that he said that multi-national corporations also hold the best hope for creating a successful global strategy because they have broken through national boundaries.

In other words, corporations already have the international systems we need to create a world that works for everyone.  They just need to shift their focus from making money to making sense.

On an even larger scale, shifting our resources and attention from weaponry to livingry is the solution to all humankind’s physical problems here on our tiny, fragile Spaceship Earth. It’s just that simple. All we need to do is shift less than half (approximately 40%) of our global military budget from things that take life (weaponry such as the US protecting itself from a Soviet Union invasion or trying to control oil in the Mideast) to things that support life (livingry – food, education, roads, housing, etc.).

In the 1930’s Bucky made a manual inventory of all the world’s resources with no computers or calculators.  He correctly determined that we were doing so much more with less resources that we would reach a point when there would be enough to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than anyone has known. He also determined that the paradigm shift to sufficiency and abundance for all would take place in 1976.

It has now been proven that in 1976 we reached the point where there was enough food on Earth to feed everyone. Still, 50,000 people continue to die of starvation every day while a huge percentage of our resources remain focused on weaponry rather than livingry. This is true of all areas of human existence.

We are living on abundant planet where each of us can have all that we want and need without taking from another. Thus, war and the politics of competition are obsolete. We just need to wake up to the reality of cooperation in which we are all rich beyond our wildest dreams.  Then everyone can focus his or her time and energy on the things we love so that we may each make our full contribution to others.

This Bucky Fuller Vision as expressed in “A Fuller View” and his path to global and personal success as expressed in “Buckminster Fuller’s Universe.”  It helps manifest the abundant Universe in which we all thrive and prosper while supporting a sustainable culture on Spaceship Earth.  And it is available to us all - right here, right now - if we chose to step into it.


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