"Human integrity is ..." Bucky Fuller's definition in which he reminds us that we all have access to "the divine mind," and we need to use that access.
 
"I didn't set out to design a house that hung on a pole or to manufactaure a new type of automobile.  I could have ended up with a pair of flying slippers." - Bucky Fuller
 
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Buckminster Fuller
 
My new book A Fuller View, Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of Hope and Abundance for All shares much of Bucky Fuller’s wisdom and solutions including how to make a difference with your life.  This advice comes from someone who did just that. 

Fuller lived the last 56 years of his life as a personal experiment to determine and document what one individual could achieve that could not be accomplished by any government, corporation or organization.  He was a man who lived and learned from direct experience.  Here is an excerpt from A Fuller View. 

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"I look for what needs to be done and then try to work out how to do it best.  After all, that's how Universe designs itself." - Buckminster Fuller

Doing what needed to be done while adhering to Nature’s principles was the strategy that Buckminster Fuller used to support the creation of his vision of “a world that works for everyone.” By employing trial and error experimentation and making lots of “mistakes” (i.e. learning experiences), he was able to achieve a great deal, and even today nearly thirty years after his death, his legacy continues to make a difference in the lives of millions of people.

If each of us would adopt even a tiny fraction of what Bucky learned and shared throughout the 88 years of his lifetime on Spaceship Earth, then our world would be a much better place to live. If we can simply begin to notice how Universe / Nature / God / Higher Power / Great Spirit / Allah designs itself and follow just a small portion of that design, we will markedly transform ourselves as individuals and as a global society.

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May we all discover how we can most efficiently and joyfully make a difference with out lives just as Bucky Fuller was able to do.


 
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.


 
Money, Buckminster Fuller sa
Politicians, “leaders” and every form of media are all talking about creating more jobs, but do people really want jobs?  I think not.  They want INCOME, not jobs.

Nobody want to “work for a living,” which Buckminster Fuller said is equivalent to being told that you have to work to earn your right to live.  Yes, we all want to contribute to others and the world.  Yes, we all want to be productive members of society.  Yes, we all want to be creative and do our fair share, but what is a person’s “fair share” in today’s world?

If we truly live in an abundant, friendly Universe on an abundant planet, then there is enough to go around.  In fact, many scholars have proven that there are more than enough resources to support all life on Earth.  Bucky did the same studies and determined that in 1976 we reached a point in time when there was more than enough to support all life in a sustainable manner.

In fact, he was quick to maintain that we are a planet inhabited by billionaires who don’t know that we are billionaires.  And he was not talking about people like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett.  He was talking about you and me as well as the 50,000 people who die of starvation every day.

And, we billionaires no longer have to work for a living.  It’s all here for us when we liberate ourselves from the beliefs foisted on us by a few greedy people who hoard and have us believing that there is not enough to go around.  It’s just not true.

We do, however, need to make a fundamental shift in the use of all resources, and that shift is from weaponry to livingry, from competition to cooperation and from fear to love.  That’s all it takes, and each of us can begin with our own lives.  Then, we can stop begging for more jobs that we don’t really want and begin to live our birthright as billionaires.

May we all realize the abundance and bounty that pervades every aspect of our lives and share our true wealth with all sentient beings.

Actor playing Bucky shares wisdom.  Everything he says was said or written by Bucky, but it's easier to understand in this form.

 
Buckminster Fuller with Geodesic Dome Glasses
Steve Jobs made a huge difference in the world.  I've never used a PC.  Always and only a Mac.  However, Jobs was not looking to do what needed to be done on behalf of the most people and all life.  Jobs initial intention and focus throughout his life was making money.

Bucky said, "You can make money or you can make sense.  The two are mutually exclusive."

Yes, people end up making enormous contributions even though the start with the intention of making money.  That's the Bucky honey-money syndrome.  The bee goes out to get the honey (-money) and actually does something that serves our entire planet - pollination.  Jobs was an excellent worker bee, but he did not contribute his true genius to benefit the many.  Apple products are generally for the BMW crowd.  (Yup, I'm an exception.  I  drive a Mini Cooper - BMW's poor stepchild.)

Bucky's intention, on the other hand, was always to make sense.  In fact, in 1927 he committed to never work for a living, and for the last few decades he had an income of about $250,000 (translates to over $1,000,000 per year today).  He always focused on making a difference and never on the illusion of making a living, or as he put it "earning your right to live."

It's time for us to shift from having to earn our right to live to realizing that we are all alive and we have a right to the support of our abundant Universe.  All we need to do is shift our focus and resources from weaponry to livingry.

May we all make a contribution even greater than Buckminster Fuller and Steve Jobs.

 
Buckminster Fuller, Nature's Pencil
"I'm not trying to imitate nature, I'm trying to find the pencil she's using."
-  Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller never gave up his search to find “Nature’s pencil.” Like so many geniuses, he was constantly searching for the essence of how things worked best. And when he found such solutions in Nature, he applied them to his projects. Thus, we have his most famous invention – the geodesic dome – modeled after structures he found in Nature.

Still, his methodology is perfect for almost any quest. Bucky (and others who are wise enough to realize that Nature is far more effective and efficient than humans) constantly seek the next evolution of ideas, and the really cleaver people always look to Nature first.  If all humans were to make that simple change in solving problems and other activities, we would realize that there are enough resources to support everyone.  Then, all we need to do is be very careful in using exactly enough. Not too much and not too little.

Nature’s pencil is such a sustainable model. She writes and draws with a precision and exactness that humans have difficulty understanding or modeling. Still, people like Bucky and many of today’s great minds continue to search because they know that the exploration is as important as reaching the goal.  They also know that we humans need to learn all we can about Nature and how she uses the exact amount of resources in order to manifest Fuller’s vision of “a world that works for everyone” on the tiny planet he named “Spaceship Earth.”

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