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Buckminster Fuller – Abundance not Scarcity

This is a clip from a documentary of Buckminster Fuller. The name of the doc is not included on the YouTube page. In this bit, Fuller talks about how economic systems can be based on abundance instead of scarcity.

The right audio channel has a few issues so you may want to listen to the video without headphones. If you care to see and hear Fuller in action, there are many videos of him on YouTube. Fuller was way ahead of his time so if you are new to his work, a visit with his ideas could be invigorating if you need a jolt of a new perspective.

Doing More With Less

The Dymaxion Map by Buckminster Fuller
The Dymaxion Map by Buckminster Fuller. They can be purchased from the BFI store. ©Buckminster Fuller Institute.

In the news recently, I saw a map of Earth that was used to illustrate some point in the article.  And on that map, the continent of Antarctica was nowhere to be found. Having recently re-seen Werner Herzog’s Oscar nominated, 2007 documentary Encounters at the End of the World, I was annoyed that Antarctica had seemingly, well, fallen off the face of the Earth. Given climate change, why isn’t Antarctica given a bit more respect?

There are different types of world maps. Most of them distort the shapes of the land masses as well as the relationships between the continents, countries and bodies of water. It’s all misrepresented.

However, there is one map that does represent Earth without any obvious distortion.  And that map is the Dymaxion Map, also known as the Fuller Projection Map. That’s Fuller as in Buckminster Fuller whom I mentioned in my post Call Me Trim Tab a few days ago. It’s a fantastic map and one of my favorite inventions by Fuller.

And one more thing, Fuller made up the word “dymaxion”. If you haven’t heard of it before, can you guess what it means? Hint: It’s a portmanteau.

“Call Me Trim Tab”

I thought I’d share a few bits about R. Buckminster Fuller. Do you know who he was? Are you familiar with what he did? Click his name in the first sentence to check the Wikipedia article about him.

Visit the Buckminster Fuller Institute online at BFI.org.

Check out what why “Call me Trim Tab” is on the headstone at his grave. If you know about boats and planes, you’ll have an inkling.

And finally, here’s a brief video about Fuller’s invention the Dymaxion House. There are many more videos, even full length programs available on YouTube. (Thanks to airboyd.tv for posting this video on their YouTube channel.)