Buckminster Fuller – Build a New Model That Makes the Existing Model Obsolete

Bucky Fuller

Bucky Fuller was concerned with the question “Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?

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.

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


During the last two weeks of January 1975 Buckminster Fuller gave an extraordinary series of lectures concerning his entire life’s work entitled Everything I Know.

The transcripts can be found here.

Celebrating Buckminster Fuller

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On July 12, we celebrated R. Buckminster Fuller’s birthday.

He was such a futurist that we can expect his work still being world-famous decades from now.  We were blessed to have him in our lives as a Mentor — we were not his Protegees (you had to be a genius to be that) — but students of the principles that he taught us.

Bucky would learn from nature and then apply it the human experience.

Here’s a great video from CBS Sunday Morning Show…

You can find many other resources and learn more about our dear teacher in our Bucky Library here…

Buckminster Fuller – The Library

Photos by D.J. Hawkins

Dr. R. Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller

Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller – Bucky as we knew him – was an engineer, inventor, mathematician, philosopher, author, designer, scientist, a “cosmogonist,” and a “new world” thinker. Bucky would call himself a “random element,” other people have called him “an experience,” a visionary, a prophet, the greatest living genius, the Leonardo DaVinci of our time, the Benjamin Franklin of the space age, and “Grandfather to the Universe. Bucky wrote over 35 books, received over 50 honorary doctorate degrees from universities internationally, more than 150 university fellowships, invented and patented over 110 inventions, is the most built architect in the world, and traveled internationally extensively as guest of state and invited lecturer. There is more written about Buckminster Fuller in “Who’s Who” than any other person. Put his name in a “Google” search, and well over 2,500 references will be listed.

“I was born at an extraordinary moment. In 1895, the year I was born, the X-ray was discovered. You could then see what had previously been invisible. When I was 3, the electron was discovered. When I was 7, the first automobile drove into the city of Boston. I was brought up being told that it was inherently impossible for man to fly. When I was 8, the Wright Brothers flew. By the time I was 11, Marconi’s wireless was in practical use to signal SOS. When I was 14, man got to the North Pole. When I was 16, he got to the South Pole.

So impossibles were happening seemingly every day. Evolution is integrating all humanity. We are accelerating together at a tremendous pace.”

– Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller was one of the most successful humans in modern history. Bucky Fuller’s Famous Dymaxion Map “The Rules…” Precessional Living Making These are “the rules” to play by if you’re going to be a “player” in the world of “True Wealth” creation. If you’re not, you’re wasting the planet’s resources by being alive… Not my “rules,” AND I must agree. 😉 These are also the guidelines I was given by Bucky to run this Fuller Edutainment project. It has been the most difficult AND rewarding endeavour in my life. Join me, if you have the guts to do it… It will be the best thing you’ve ever done… You can read Bucky’s rules here. -Randolph Craft A list of links to discover more about Bucky Fuller: The Buckminster Fuller Annual Memorial Lecture Wikipedia

CJ Fearnley’s List of Buckminster Fuller Resources on the Internet

View the author’s home page at

Buckminster Fuller in the News

Sites with a General Perspective on The Work of R. Buckminster Fuller

  1. Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI)
  2. The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller
  3. Bucky Fuller FAQ
  4. Buckminster Fuller Virtual Institute
  5. Buckminster Fuller; From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  6. Buckminster Fuller Quotes; From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  7. Fuller, Richard Buckminster
  8. Fuller (R. Buckminster) Papers
  9. The Planet’s Friendly Genius – Buckminster Fuller

Fuller’s Writings On-Line

  1. Synergetics by R. Buckminster Fuller — Full Text On-Line
  2. Grunch of Giants
  3. Education Automation
  4. Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth (BFI Version)
  5. Buckminster Fuller – Grunch of Giants (pdf document)
  6. Everything I Know – Video Transcript
  7. Design Science Decade (Various Documents)
  8. Guinea Pig B
  9. The Case for a Domed City
  10. Tensegrity

Bloggers with themes frequently related to Buckminster Fuller’s Work

  1. Kirby Urner’s blog: Grain of Sand: Kirby Plays World Game
  2. Kirby Urner’s blog: Control Room: Operation Spaceship Earth
  3. Kirby Urner’s blog: On the road with Global Data
  4. BLOG: Dymaxion World: Between Utopia and Oblivion
  5. Greg Watson’s blog: 12 Degrees of Freedom
  6. Joo Hock’s blog: “Bucky’s “University” (aka University of Life)
  7. Gil Friend’s blog: Strategic Sustainability, and other worthy themes of our time
  8. Leif Thor’s blog: A Conversation about Structure
  9. Michael Riversong’s blog

Sites Relating to Synergetics

  1. A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller by Amy Edmondson — Full Text On-Line
  2. Synergetics Collaborative
  3. Synergetics on the Web
  4. Richard Hawkins Synergetic Geometry
  5. Robert W. Gray’s Notes to R. Buckminster Fuller’s Work
  6. Russell Chu’s Hope Page
  7. George W. Hart — Index
  8. Waterman Polyhedron
  9. Flexible Polyhedra
  10. The Math Forum
  11. Center for Tetrahedron Studies
  12. An Introduction to the Energetic-Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller

Sites Relating to Fuller’s Ideas About Human Society

  1. GENI: A Working Solution to the Worlds Problems ! Global Energy Network International
  2. World Game Institute
  3. Critical Path Project
  4. Whole Systems
  5. New Civilization Network
  6. News for a Synergic Earth
  7. Global Ecovillage Network
  8. Sonic Bloom
  9. Design Science University

Sites Relating to Geodesic Domes

  1. Geodesic Dome Housing Manufacturers – dome housing
  2. EcoBusiness Links Directory of Geodesic Dome Homes
  3. Geometrica Inc.
  4. Professional Dome Plans
  5. Pacific Dome
  6. Timberline Geodesics
  7. Walt’s Dome Page
  8. Geodesics Unlimited
  9. The DomeHome Companion Web Site
  10. American Ingenuity, Inc.
  11. Astro-Tec Inc.
  12. Dome Incorporated
  13. Geodesic Domes and Homes
  14. Domtec International
  15. Applied Geodesics, Inc.
  16. Albata Geodesics
  17. Energy Structures, Inc.
  18. Conservatek
  19. Econ-O-Dome
  20. Geo Tech Systems. Inc.
  21. Good Karma Domes
  22. Lydick’s Domes Unlimited
  23. SouthEast Domes
  24. SouthEast Domes
  25. Pacific Domes
  26. The Horton Dome
  27. Kwickset Konstruction Kits Dome Homes
  28. Natural Spaces Domes
  29. Natural Habitat Domes
  30. Worldflower Garden Domes
  31. Oregon Dome, Inc.
  32. The Dome Company
  33. Igla-Desic Structures
  34. Archway Construction & Consulting
  35. Project Bio/Home
  36. Solardome Industries Ltd.
  37. Domes Northwest
  38. Temcor
  39. Megadome Construction Company
  40. Growing Spaces, Inc.
  41. markt’s (geodesic) Dome page
  42. New Age Construction Co.
  43. Shelter Systems
  44. Starnet International Corp.
  45. Common Wealth Solar Svs.
  46. Starplate Building System
  47. Dome Corporation Of North America
  48. Institute for Lightweight Structures
  49. Geodesic Structures by Steve Miller
  51. J. W. Rich’s and Geodesics NZ
  52. Starship-Enterprises.Com
  53. Vector-Edge Dodecahedron Geodesic Dome
  54. Growing Spaces
  56. Geodome
  57. Geodesic Domes and Charts of the Heavens
  58. Autonomous Housing
  59. Vacono
  60. FullDome
  61. RBF Dome NFP
  62. Desert Domes
  63. Geodesic Dome Education: An Introduction by William Lauritzen
  64. How to Build a Geodesic Dome out of Cardboard
  65. Geodesic Clubhouse

Other Inventions of Bucky Fuller

  1. Dymaxion Car
  2. 3d model of the dymaxion car
  3. Fuller’s Dymaxion House
  4. Mathematics and Tensegrity
  5. A Practical Guide to Tensegrity Design

Sites Relating to Fullerene Science

  1. Fullerenes At Widener
  2. Kim Allen’s Fullerene Page
  3. Stony Brook Buckyball Home Page
  4. Geometry Of Fullerenes
  5. Fullerene Science Module
  6. Carbon Cages: LBL Scientists Study Fullerenes

Miscellaneous Sites

  1. Christopher J. Fearnley
  2. R. W. Gray
  3. Kirby Urner
  4. Bob Burkhardt’s Website
  5. Mark Somers
  6. Mark Burginger Main Page
  7. Qubits
  8. The Planet’s Friendly Genius – Buckminister Fuller By Mary Bellis
  9. Tetworld Center for Peace and Global Strategic Gaming
  10. Pat Salsbury’s “Reality Sculptors” Web Site
  11. Michael Stutz
  12. A site about connecting the arts and sciences
  13. A (Buckminster) Fuller Universe
  14. The Bucky Fuller Travelling Miracle Medicine Show
  15. Blaine A. D’Amico’s web site
  16. Portrait of the Atom as a Force Diagram in Space
  17. 1946 Fortune Article
  18. 3D freeCAD
  19. Compression and Tension are good; Torque’s a Killer.
  20. Nature’s Structural Elements
  21. Victor Acevedo
  22. Polymorf, Inc.
  23. Living Machines
  24. Paul Fernhout: Themes: OHS / DKR vs. Design Science
  25. Buckminster Fuller: Illusive Mutant Artist by Victoria Vesna
  26. The Design-Science Revolution of R. Buckminster Fuller Outlined And Expanded by Libby Hubbard
  27. Elser’s Screw
  28. Waterman Polyhedra: Convex Hulls in the IVM
  29. biagio di carlo’s Site
  30. Natural Synergies
  31. OS 012
  32. wrmDesign
  33. Buckminster Fuller’s Tetrascroll: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  34. American Masters: Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud
  35. Buckminster Fuller On PBS
  36. Buckminster Fuller On PBS
  37. WNET: Bucky Fuller Dymaxion House
  38. R. Buckminster Fuller (Bucky)
  39. R. Buckminster Fuller – The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
  41. Ask Jeeves: Fuller
  42. Architecture–Wright and Fuller
  43. Buckminster Fuller Links
  44. Bonnie DeVarco Portfolio
  45. Stafford Beer
  46. Buckminster Fuller Postage Stamp
  47. The Fuller Edutainment Company, Inc.
  48. Ecological Engineering: THE BIO-REMEDIATION BARGE
  49. Dymax Emergency Shelters
  50. Alain LOBEL Architect
  51. EARTHscope
  52. Nick Consoletti
  53. R. Buckminster Fuller – The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
  54. Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient R. Buckminster Fuller
  55. Buckyball: a C60 molecule
  56. The Buckyball: An Excruciatingly Researched Report
  57. What is a geodesic dome – Architecture Glossary
  58. 3d model of the dymaxion car
  59. Buckminster Fuller Paraphrased
  60. Synergetics
  61. From Platonic bodies to geodesic spheres, fullerenes, and virus
  62. The Walter O’Malley – Buckminster Fuller Connection
  63. The geodesic works of Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1948-68 : (the universe as a home of man) Yunn Chii Wong
  64. World Shelters
  65. Ocean Wave Energy Converter
  66. R. Buckminster Fuller Inventor, Designer, Architect, Theorist (1895-1983)
  67. Dipolygonids – Jitterbug Transformers
  68. Field Structure Theory
  69. WorldDay
  70. HexDome
  71. wholemovement the art and geometry of folding circles by Bradford Hansen-Smith
  72. The Synergetic Temperament System
  73. Everything I Know: The historic 42-hour session with Bucky
  74. Strategic questions
  75. Koenig Associates, Inc.
  76. Nanomechanics: Bringing a nanotouch to Biology
  77. Adrian Rossiter’s Polyhedra Software and Images
  78. The Ricky Harris Synergetics workshop to boost self esteem, confidence
  79. Flowerday’s Synetic Structures
  80. Issue # 6 -November/December 1970 of Mother Earth News article on World Game
  81. How to Know Your Life Purpose plus How You Can Make a BIG Difference
  83. Doing Life International Inc.
  84. Project Earth
  85. The buckymap puzzle
  86. The Resonance Project Foundation
  87. Conversations with Bucky
  88. Leadership By Design: How One Individual Can Change The World
  89. On Fuller Living
  90. The geodesic works of Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1948-68: (the universe as a home of man) Authors: Wong, Yunn Chii (PhD thesis)
  91. Bucky Fuller and his World Game: an Intro to Saving Planets
  92. Bucky is Back
  93. Geodesic Help Group
  94. GEODESIC 3D Collection on Google
  95. GEODESIC Catalogs 3D Collection on Google
  96. The R. Buckminster Fuller Collection at Stanford
  97. World Resources Simulation Center

You can also view the author’s Bucky Fuller FAQ page at

Money & You® – Sufficiency is Heavenly

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Money & You® — Sufficiency is Heavenly

Recently, I read Lynne Twist’s book, The Soul of Money. She had kindly sent me the book about a year ago – and I put it in my stack of books to read, thinking that I would read it along with so many other wonderful publications that are sent to me as the head of the Excellerated Business Schools®/Money & You® Program.

I had an opportunity recently to see and hear her speak at our Transformational Leaders’ Council meeting. And while listening to her I had an epiphany – a realization that was so exciting for me because of the way it touched me, opened my heart, validated my life-time work, and took me immediately to another level of “beingness.”

I knew that my Life Purpose and the programs we teach are right on track. And at the same time, I was touched to the core and transformed… one more time.

I came home, got right into the book, and was transported one more time to being with Lynne. She is truly an inspiration – someone who communicates with so much essence this “idea whose time has come.” I love the way she is able to not only distinguish, but to remind us all how to actualize a feeling of “Sufficiency” in a world that is so often based in Scarcity.

While I do not intend this article to be only on Lynne and her fantastic book, my purpose is to share this same type of experience with you. Choosing to come from sufficiency instead of scarcity has been close to my heart ever since I was very young. It was taught to me first by my loving mother who naturally understands sharing and the power of feeling that one has enough, regardless of our circumstance. And every time I forgot it this powerful force in my life, I found myself faced with challenges.

Our transformational business education and programs have not always been easy to get accepted out in the world, perhaps because, at its core, it is based on the works and distinctions taught to us by R. Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller and several other masters who taught us that we humans are technologically billionaires and it is only our belief in Scarcity that perpetuates the notion that we live in a “YOU or ME” world rather than a”“YOU and ME” world.

It has been a supreme privilege to share these principles since 1979 with so many amazing business people and entrepreneurs throughout the world. It’s interesting that this information is so eagerly received in the Asia Pacific Region because it is so fresh and new to them. And, happily, it is now being re-energized and received wholeheartedly in North America too.

I loved Lynn ‘s book and one of the reasons is because she too was inspired by Bucky. In her work with The Hunger Project and other organizations, she was able to experience first hand the impact that coming from Sufficiency as opposed to Scarcity can have on a village, on society, on the world… It felt like she wrote a book that completely explained what has been my experience, and what Bucky taught us about abundance –that there truly is enough for EVERYONE in this world and that all can have a life with their basic needs (and more) met when we collaborate together.

She reminds us that it is our responsibility for those of us who have more than enough to not only share our knowledge, experience, skills and–“secrets” but also our hearts with those who are “resource poor” and with those that are”“knowledge poor” as many of the rich in this world are.

As some of you may have read some of the other articles that I have written inviting many of you to share your wonderful work world-wide – for you to become a Global Entrepreneur–– now I am inviting you to look a little deeper and take yourself through a self-test of where you stand in relationship to having enough in your life – to being that mega-wealthy human being that not only goes out and makes a difference in the world, but also lives from a place of so much abundance, that those fears of not having enough money, prosperity, that place in your consciousness that can be filled with fear, trepidation and can hold you back from going for your dreams, will disappear because you know deep in your heart that you are an abundant human being that can create anything in his/her life!

I have found in my work as a “Mentor of Nurturing” that many of the mega-wealthy that I meet sometimes have less love and trust even though their “basic personal needs” are met. It’s not about the money – it’s about the experience of abundance, sufficiency and enoughness in their world that really matters.

I remember meeting a friend of mine who had long dreamed of becoming a millionaire. He always had had the habit of spending more than he made – and thus, now that he was making millions, he would still spend more than he had, so he actually had the experience of still being in debt – not having enough! As the money got bigger, so did his worries. He was living completely from scarcity.

What is enough for you? What will make you feel that you have reached success? Do you have a goal, a milestone that will give you the signal that you now have enough? Our society is immersed in the thought of Scarcity – it’s everywhere. Once you begin to see it, it’s like taking a blindfold off and you begin to see clearly.

I have created “firewalls” within my consciousness to remind me of what enough is…

I notice that when I go to that conditioning of scarcity, I feel competitive, I feel that I have to have a better car than others, have a bigger and better home, business, and status… it’s almost a competition with self… it encompasses every area of my life. I seem to want more food, be more beautiful, be more powerful, be more successful – and that I am not enough.–It’s like a bad dream – I almost start “dream walking.” Then out of the grace of the Great Spirit something always brings me back and I am back into my heart again. I start feeling and knowing that I do have more than enough”– and my sharing my wealth, knowledge, resources, tools and wisdom then opens a whole new world of possibilities. I totally resonate with the stories that Lynn shares in her precious book.

What is sufficiency? To quote Lynn: –“When you let go of trying to get more of what you don’t really need, it frees up oceans of energy to make a difference with what you have. When you make a difference with what you have, it expands.”

I am totally inspired by her and feel blessed to have such awesome Masters in my life – Masters who have given me some of the greatest gifts – the gift of their insights and their experiences.

I hope that I inspire you to not only read The Soul of Money, but also read the works of our dear Bucky. His book, Critical Path , is worth the read. It will speak to parts of you that are ready to hear his beautiful information that is just now coming into “vogue.” Bucky would have loved Al Gore with his environmental work – and he would have loved YOU for living a life that includes his greatest message: There is enough for you and me…

May 2009 be your greatest year ever – and that your sharing heart will show up in every area of your life!

By: DC Cordova
DC Cordova is the CEO of the Excellerated Business Schools®/Money & You® Program.

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