Saturday, July 12, 2008

when the train comes back

Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don’t hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us. They are not man-made laws. They are the infinitely accommodative laws of the intellectual integrity governing universe.
from operating manual for spaceship earth (1963)

r. buckminister fuller was born on this day, 12 july in 1895 (he died on july 1, 1983). buckminister fuller, also know as 'bucky,' was a true visionary. he was an architect, inventor, philosopher and social critic and as a futurist was light years ahead of most individuals of his (our) time. bucky had an extraordinary life and contributed a great deal to humankind. he is perhaps best known as being the designer of the geodesic dome and coining the expression 'spaceship earth.'

he believed passionately that we must all work together - like a crew - in order to survive on our planet which he likened to a spaceship.
We are on a spaceship; a beautiful one. It took billions of years to develop. We're not going to get another. Now, how do we make this spaceship work?
he can also be given credit for making synergy a common expression and the majority of his work was about exploring and creating synergy. he advanced the notion that synergy is the basic principle of all interactive systems, and incorporated this into his theory of synergetics or "geometry of thinking."

while researching today's brief celebration of bucky, I ran across this great piece by medard gabel and jim walker; in it they outline 10 principles which they describe as:
... a framework of leadership which we call “comprehensive anticipatory design leadership”. Through a careful study of Fuller’s writings, inventions, and methodologies what emerges is a powerful blueprint for problem-solving leadership in an age of rapid change – a leadership approach that has implications far beyond the field of technological innovation.
I hope you'll take a few minutes and read gabel and walker's article - it's quite brief but loaded with an excellent distillation of bucky's operating instructions. I also discovered that a buckminister fuller exhibit recently opened at the whitney museum in new york. another reason to visit to new york soon!

considering fuller's advice to be a trimtab, fuller was indeed a doctor of mouse medicine.

also born on this date, christine (perfect) mcvie (b. 12 july 1943) performing the bluesy and soulful when the train comes back, 1970 (1:23)

photo: mars, pennsylvania june, 2008

8 comments:

Ernest de Cugnac said...

Isn't it a terrible indictment that until we (homo sapiens) came along, there was simply no need for an instruction manual - the planet was doing just fine.

tut-tut said...

There was something about Buckminster Fuller in a recent New Yorker, and letter responding to it, with a nice reminisce about him.

R.L. Bourges said...

Expo '67, Montréal. Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome in all its glory, like an X-ray of the planet. Thanks for the memories (including McVie)

salutations graulhétoises

Coffee Messiah said...

I wonder, along with many other forgotten people, if BF and others will ever be remembered by anyone after us????

And early FM, including the one with Peter Green (Then Play On) was much better than the latter FM to me.

d. chedwick said...

Buckminster Fuller was a great inspiration to me when I was in college. I read everything I could about him, and his biography was, well--inspiring, too.

Christine McVie-- I haven't thought of her in years, but what a talent.

As you know, Mars is the town Ched's grandparents came to dwell in from afar. When they left foreign shores, did they know they were going to Mars? No, they did not. (Quest into the unknown) So my father was born in Mars, and many many relatives. When I saw the picture pop up, it tugged at the old heartstrings, as I visited Mars and Pittsburgh proper many times as a child.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ernie - even with all the problems, I'm glad I'm here. but what bucky tried to teach us is that we are capable of being good stewards of planet earth, but we need to work together, n'est-ce pas?

tut - sure the piece was regarding the new show at the whitney, have to hunt up that issue....we now get the new yorker, but I'm always terrribly behind in keeping up!

rlb - my folks had said we were going to attend expo 67 in montreal, then changed their minds...needless to say I was disappointed - who knows I could have run into you in bucky's dome!!

coffee - I bet bucky will be remembered! and I predict that future generations may revere him for his foresight! I agree with you completely on the fm front!

ched - it was in honor of you that we pulled off to visit mars! although visit is an overstatement, I snapped a few signs and that's about it.

edward said...

you must get a kitten

you must get a kitten


you must get a kitten

cbb said...

What an inspiring article! We lived in a three-story geodesic dome in Alaska years ago and it was so interesting how a non-linear architecture seemed to affect consciousness - almost as if there was a greater sense of organic wholeness in that big, open space. For awhile we thought that was the only way to live, but never found another one that we loved like that one once we left AK.

And Kimy, I think YOU are a Trimtab yourself in the blogosphere!