Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983), affectionately called “Bucky,” was an engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. He published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth” and synergetics. He is best known for his invention of the geodesic dome. The carbon molecules buckminsterfullerenes, so named because they resemble geodesic domes, are also known by scientists as “buckyballs.” New Dimensions had the enormous privilege of sitting down with Bucky on many occasions. He had a way of answering an inquiry in detail. His mind was so encompassing he never talked in the kind of sound-bytes we’ve become so accustomed to hearing on the media. He much preferred to put things in context by taking us on a whirlwind tour of history as he connected the dots of unfolding humanity. So, enjoy the ride with this seminal visionary, R. Buckminster Fuller.
This comprehensive imaginative thinker and visionary gives an extraordinary overview of the state of the planet and human history. Asked whether there are enough resources to support our growing population the late Buckminster Fuller, age 85 when this was recorded, responds with a tour-de-force capsule of the history of Western civilization. Read more »
Part 1 of a two-part conversation with this visionary inventor, philosopher, and humanitarian. Bucky gives his extraordinarily insightful picture of where the human race is now and how to proceed from here. He describes “cosmic cost accounting,” being a “comprehensivist” instead of a specialist, and doing more with less. Read more »
Part 2 of a two-part conversation with this visionary inventor, philosopher, and humanitarian. Bucky describes how the space program changed our awareness of Earth and what we can do to contribute to the welfare of the planet. He tells us how synergetic geometry makes it possible to understand nature’s coordination principles and how we can eliminate the use of fossil fuels. Read more »
This is a special audio documentary of the life and work of a twentieth-century genius. Included is the story of how the late Bucky transcended failure and despair and devoted his life to serving humanity. There is also a commentary describing his contribution to our time. If you’re interested in making the world work, you owe it to yourself to give this program a listen. Read more »