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"I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except to dare to think and to dare to go with the truth and to dare to really love completely. "

Photo of Bucky and Reagan In 1983, Buckminster Fuller was awarded the Medal of Freedom (the highest award given to civilians) by then-President Ronald Reagan. The citation read: "A true renaissance man, and one of the greatest minds of our times, Richard Buckminster Fuller's contribution as a geometrician, educator, and architect-designer are benchmarks of accomplishment in their fields. Among his most notable inventions and discoveries are synergetic geometry, geodesic structures and tensegrity structures. Mr. Fuller reminds us all the America is a land of pioneers, haven for innovation and the free expression of ideas."

Earlier that year, Fuller had published his book Grunch of Giants, in which he wrote:

The "overwhelming majority" that President Reagan repeatedly claims legitimizes his "mandate" for sweeping executive and legislative change consists, in fact, of only 14 percent of the people of the United States.... There is nothing in the words or spirit of the U.S. Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution which states or suggests the U.S.A. is committed exclusively to the success of the rich. The U.S.A. we have known is now bankrupt and extinct.

Fuller holding model tensegrity structure R. Buckminster Fuller, Jr. was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1895. Known as "the planet's friendly genius," Fuller introduced ground-breaking ideas in the fields of architecture, design, art, engineering, education, cartography and mathematics. Fuller called himself a "Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Scientist" -- and committed his life to finding the global strategies to make humankind "a success in the universe."

Fuller believed that human evolution could best be promoted by reforming the living environment through design on all levels rather than by reforming people through economics and/or politics. His Design Science also addressed energy harvesting, transporting and food gathering, all informed by his concept of ephemeralization ever-increasing performance using ever less investment of materials and energy. Through this human trend of doing-more-with-less, Fuller argued that by the turn of the 21st Century, the whole of humanity would experience more change than it had in all its previous two-thousand.

"I do know that technologically, humanity now has the opportunity, for the first time in its history, to operate our planet in such a manner as to support and accomodate all humanity at a substantially more advanced standard of living than any humans have ever experienced, without ecological offense or disadvantaging anyone."

If you're not familiar with Bucky's work, you still probably know what a geodesic dome is -- chances are you climbed one in your childhood playground. Fuller's most famous design, the geodesic dome is built on the principle of synergy -- a union which creates a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. This is the principle, Fuller claims, by which Nature designs organisms, stars, atoms, etc. Synergy is anti-entropic; the proof is in the remarkable fact that the geodesic dome actually gets stronger as it gets bigger.

Applying this principle to economics, after his numerous stints as advisor to the U.N. and consultant to various national governments, it became evident to Fuller that the wealth currently generated by hundreds of small, competing national economies is paltry compared to what the synergized wealth of the entire planet would be, if we were to dissolve our geopolitical boundaries and their attendant military industries. In the early 1970's, Fuller claimed that for the first time in history, the human race has the technology and resources to feed, clothe, house, educate all its members, at a standard of living well over what modern-day billionaires enjoy -- and to sustain it completely on solar power!

"I live on Earth at present, and I don't know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing -- a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process -- an integral function of Universe."

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