Thursday, September 04, 2008

A New Model

One of our friends from the SUBO initiative sent out this quote:

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing one obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller

But, who is Buckminster Fuller?

This is a bio of Mr. Fuller at Wikipedia:

Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an US architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor, and visionary. He was the second president of Mensa.

He lends his name to a family of complex carbon structures called Buckminsterfullerene also known as Bucky Balls.

Throughout his life, Fuller was concerned with the question "Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?"[citation needed] Considering himself an average individual without special monetary means or academic degree, he chose to devote his life to this question, trying to identify what he, as an individual, could do to improve humanity's condition, which large organizations, governments, and private enterprises inherently could not do.

Pursuing this lifelong experiment, Fuller wrote more than thirty books, coining and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also worked in the development of numerous inventions, chiefly in the fields of design and architecture, the best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes or buckyballs were named for their resemblance to geodesic spheres. Late in his life, after working on his concepts for several decades, Fuller achieved considerable public visibility.

He travelled the world giving lectures, and received numerous honorary doctorates. Most of his inventions, however, never made it into production. Often dismissed as a hopeless utopian, he was strongly criticized in most fields he tried to influence, including architecture. His proponents, on the other hand, continue to assert that his work has not yet received the attention that it deserves.

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  1. Enjoyed your blog, and I love the quote by Buckminster Fuller...building new models...

  2. Thank you Vanessa, glad you liked the blog.