Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Malaysiana LCMS kicked off a series of events to build author- and book-appreciation communities by organising a two-day Zoominar on the Vision & Ideas of R. Buckminster Fuller for Resolving the Crises of Our Time was organised on 10 and 11 July 2021.
Apart from commemorating Bucky’s 126th birthday,
which fell on 12 July 2021, it was apt for us to start this series with a giant intellect like him, who has achieved so much in so many fields and also contributed many significant ideas to cross-fertilise the field of education.
Given how far ahead of his time Bucky was, many of his ideas are particularly relevant today and should be seriously considered for practical application in Malaysia and the world at large.
Unfortunately, despite his genius, there are still many around the world who have never heard of Buckminster Fuller, or who don’t know much about him. Therefore, one of the main objectives of the Bucky Zoominar was to extend the reach of his work, ideas and writings not only to a Fuller but also to a larger audience in Malaysia and around the region.
Recommended Book: Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, perhaps Bucky’s most popular book, was published in 1969. He likened the planet to an ecosystemically designed vessel with
everything required for the human crew and passengers to successfully traverse space and time while consciously evolving into planetary and galactic citizens. He noted, however, that Spaceship Earth appeared to have been hijacked by pirates with little understanding of the technical workings and even less of conserving resources. Eternal optimist that he was, Bucky was certain that ultimately common sense would prevail and that even the most recalcitrant among us would choose wisdom (livingry) over folly (killingry).
About R. Buckminster Fuller
Richard Buckminster Fuller is best known as the inventor of the Geodesic Dome. He also introduced concepts like synergy, syntropy, dymaxion, regenerative intertransformations, omnidimensionality and Whole Systems into our vocabulary and developed the World Game in 1961 to encourage us to aim for win-win instead of win-lose scenarios.
Described as a "genial genius" Fuller was a humble soul who preferred to be addressed simply as Bucky. He descibed himself as a comprehensivist - the antidote to overspecialization. He insisted that his epitaph read: CALL ME TRIMTAB.
During a brief stint in the Navy, Bucky observed that a massive ship could be made to change course through the slightest movement of the trimtab - a tiny flap attached to the rudder which minimized the use of energy to effect maximal change of direction. Bucky saw himself serving as a trimtab, quietly unlearning erroneous beliefs inherited from culture and tradition and imagining a holistic vision of a world that works for everyone - not just a tiny handful at the top of the power pyramid.
Each individual who dares to dream the impossible, to strive for meaning and purpose in his or her own life, ultimately becomes a trimtab, with the potential to alter the evolutionary destiny of an entire species.