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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.

5 Keys to Synergy for Entrepreneurs

Synergy For Business

What is Synergy?

(1+1 = 11), Buckminster Fuller

1 – Listen Actively

2 – Speak Up (Trust Intuition)

3 – Flexible

4 – Tell The Truth With Compassion

5 – Agree To Agree (Commit To Resolution)

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Visualize a Sustainable Future

Critical Path

Meet Peter Meisen, who shares his “Entrepreneurial Stimulus”

I was fortunate to take the “Money & You” program with Marshall Thurber in 1980, while Buckminster Fuller was still alive and providing the core Generalized Principles of Universe. I heard Bucky speak at a Hunger Project Board meeting in 1983 where he encouraged all of us to read “Critical Path,” which was just published. Bucky died a few months later.

Reading “Critical Path” changed my thinking and my life. Here was someone who committed himself to make the world better for all, and was at the same time humble and compassionate.

Looking for the answer to “what’s next?” I read that book over 3 days and launched into a new journey. At the foundation of Bucky’s work is the World Game simulation, which asks the question:

How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?

GENI Initiative windmillsThe premier solution? Clean electricity for all, and the strategy was to link the abundant renewable energy resources around the world using high-voltage transmission between all nations.

After 20 years, the GENI Initiative has been embraced on all continents, earned the endorsement of 6 Nobel Peace Laureates, and been featured at the World Energy Conference.

The world is now moving into the green economy, and there are thousands of high-quality jobs being created and funded in the stimulus bills. Yet with all the pronouncements and commitments, wind/solar/geothermal supply just 3% of the global energy market — while the renewable potential could power 100% of our needs! We need an accelerator.

Once again, we looked to the vision of Bucky.

While at Southern Illinois University, he had proposed a more rigorous, high-tech version of the World Game, called the World Resources Simulation Center (WRSC). It never got developed due to some politics at the time, yet it is more needed today than ever before. The world has multiple complex, interconnected issues that demand our attention — so where do we go to grapple with them in an thoughtful, unbiased way?

Last year, we launched a 4 phase process to develop the www.wrsc.org — starting with a Prototype Design Event and gaining 40 partners:  The WRSC will be a place where leaders get educated and gain insight, see trends and future options, so they can make more sustainable choices and act on them quicker — a place to Visualize a Sustainable Future.

We invite your involvement and ideas: as we think that this new tool will support better planning and decision-making at the global, national and regional levels.

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Peter Meisen solarPeter Meisen was born in Oceanside, CA and graduated from UCSD Revelle College with a degree in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences. Founded in 1991 by Peter Meisen, the GENI Initiative focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller several decades ago.

Wanting to expand investment into the green energy space, GENI partnered with FTSE/KLD to launch the Global Climate 100 Index to track the leaders in climate solutions. Last year they co-founded the www.EcoInvestorGuide.com to educate and facilitate investment into the green economy.

Peter is married to Ashley Gardner (he got lucky) and they have a ton of fun with the 2 grandchildren

The Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) focuses on the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources. This strategy is the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller several decades ago. Linking renewables between all nations will mollify conflicts, grow economies and increase the quality of life and health for all.

Tel: +1-619-595-0139
peter@geni.org
http://www.geni.org

Money & You In Asia

Money and You Asia - ERS Group

Chinese Excellerated Programs – Your Gateway to Asia!

One of the biggest benefits of attending a Money & You® – or any other Excellerated Program – is that you are automatically a part of a worldwide Network of successful Entrepreneurs and you can re-attend the program as many times as you like, any where in the world, in any language – for FREE!

Many graduates are stunned, surprised and amazed to discover the powerful Chinese Money & You® graduate network which spans the Asia Pacific Region – from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and many other countries as well.

The business opportunities are only limited by your imagination.

In 1998, Willson Lin, the co-founder of Doers Group of Companies attended Money & You® and loved it. He is from Taiwan with offices throughout the Asia Pacific region. His experience of the program not only transformed the way he did business, but inspired him to take this powerful, transformational entrepreneurial program into the Chinese world. He is now a key player in introducing Buckminster Fuller and the win/win principles taught in Excellerated Programs into the exploding Chinese presence in the business world, thus supporting greater harmony and understanding between the Chinese and Western cultures.

In May of 2005, we celebrated the 100th Chinese Money & You® – a milestone and an absolute tremendous achievement by the whole Doers Group team. This wondrous event is one that has opened the door to a global future presence for all Excellerated Graduates. And also, as a result, the Excellerated Business Schools® for entrepreneurs is now presented (sometimes twice) each year – in Chinese!

The Doers Group supports and is aligned to the purpose and mission of Excellerated Business Schools®. Together the two organizations are educators who have philanthropic notions. They are devoted to helping other people, children, and families especially through charitable assistance. They have contributed to orphanages and have even funded ‘Money & You®’ Schools for whole villages in the heart of China.

To appreciate the scope of the work Willson and his team have undertaken, here is the list of countries and cities in which the Excellerated Programs have been conducted in Chinese:

  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Taichung, Taiwan
  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai, China
  • Beijing, China
  • Shenzhen, China
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Zhenzhou, China
  • Ningpo, China
  • Shi Jia Zhuan, China
  • Nanning, China
  • Yiantai, China
  • Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Kuching, Malaysia
  • Muar, Malaysia
  • Penang, Malaysia
  • Miri, Malaysia
  • Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Darussalam, Brunei

You are welcome to log on to the Chinese Web site.

Profiles of Chinese Team:

There are dozens of team members in the different Doers offices that support the on-going astronomical growth. Here are the Principals of Doers and some of the Team Members:

Dr. Willson Lin

  • President of Doers Group
  • Promoter and Leading Instructor of Chinese Excellerated Programs in the Asia Pacific Region
  • President of Doers Knowledge Management Group
  • Editor-in-Chief of ChengGong Publications
  • General Manager of Mandal Action Power Training
  • Certified trainer of ChengGong Consulting

Willson is well-known in the training field in the great Asia Pacific Region. He has been delivering trainings in Taiwan, throughout China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Brunei. With 16 international training licenses and certificates, Willson not only has the inter-personal skills to facilitate the learning process, but also has the humor, passion, and ability to motivate learners to develop themselves. The trainings Willson currently delivers, are centered around Money & You®, Sales and Negotiation, General Management, Behavior Management, Time Management, Direct Selling, Training for Trainers, Hypnotherapies and Personal Development.

With his well-deserved reputation, Willson became the only Chinese Instructor for the worldwide prestigious program, Money & You®. A brilliant, engaging, and entertaining presenter and speaker, he mesmerizes the audience to want to learn more. The great achievements of Willson also extends to his personal involvement with several non-profit organizations for children, adults, and elderly people. Owing to Willson’s hard work and commitment to learning, he is both a thinker with wisdom and a doer with passion.

Robert Kuo

  • Vice President Doers Group
  • Co-Promoter of Chinese Excellerated Programs Asia Pacific Region
  • Chief Editor of Training Magazine (Chinese Edition)
  • General Manager of Buoguan Consulting
  • Certified trainer for Behavioral Learning.

Robert’s training is centered upon the concepts of reflective learning and creativity, with great sense of humor to enhance the learning process. Having been in the training industry for more than 15 years, his training events are well received by many international companies such as Acer, Asus, TSMC, Microsoft Taiwan, 3M, Seven/Eleven, ING Bank, etc.

In addition to training, Robert also devotes himself to writing. He has so far published 18 books and several series of articles in diverse ranges of newspapers and magazines. Moreover, he also spends his spare time practicing stage performance in the theater. He is not only the trainer with great passion, but also a writer and a philosopher with the great wisdom.

His main training courses include:

  • Behavior Learning
  • Creativity
  • DISC
  • Personal Development and Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Management
  • Team Building and Development
  • Finance Management
  • Learning How to Learn

Dianne Butler

  • Worldwide Program Director Leader for the Excellerated Business Schools® for entrepreneurs and the Money & You Programs
  • Systems
  • Managing Partner of Law Firm, Perth, Australia

Dianne’s forte is in systems, working with the Excellerated team as they expand their programs throughout the Asia Pacific Region and the world. She has maintained and advanced to excellence all Excellerated Production Manuals, which ensure the success of all programs by documenting step-by-step every action to produce excellent results every time, anywhere in the world, in any language.

Di has been responsible for the continued success of Excellerated Programs in the Chinese language through her documentation and training of the Program Directors in a different culture. Her professional background includes having worked as a Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Department in Canberra, Australia. She has a teaching degree and Bachelor of Education, she has run Conflict Resolution Seminars; and has successfully raised a family while building her professions and businesses. She is also a Managing Partner in a Perth law firm with her husband, John Butler, a great advisor and supporter of the Excellerated organization.

Jason Zeck Lee

  • Chinese Excellerated Programs Malaysia Promoter
  • Chinese Money & You® Program Director
  • Entrepreneur
  • Trainer/Consultant

The first Chinese Money & You® Program Director for Excellerated Business Schools®, Jason brings an immeasurable list of skills that serve him well as a creative individual, trainer, and coach. Jason has held positions as a journalist, columnist, reporter, writer and speaker. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Creative Group and is a corporate coach/trainer for Creative Knowledge Management Sdn Bhd and the Creating Training Network.

In addition, he holds the position of director of Creative Academy. A successful corporate coach and trainer, he has been involved in Corporate Training since 1998 in the Asia Pacific Region such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other parts of China, Singapore, and Brunei. Under the tutelage of Roger Dawson, the famous US Premier Business Negotiator, he is a certified Instructor for ‘secrets of Power Negotiating.’

Adelene Bek

  • Entrepreneur
  • Money & You® Program Director

Adelene has been involved with Money & You logistics since 1998. Through her working in a voluntary position and participating on staff with several Excellerated programs, she was invited to train to be a Money & You Program Director. She possessed the essence of a leader and has been one of its most dependable, responsible and organized Program Directors.

As a graduate of Visual Arts Management, Adelene has always shown passion in many forms of arts. She is a very creative individual and artist. In addition to being artistic and creative she is also highly organized. These qualities and assets combined relay into her leadership role within the programs and in her business.

Her forte is in art exhibition management. She was an art therapist with a non-profit organization for mentally challenged clients. In addition, she was a gallery manager and assistant curator in a private art gallery in Singapore. She currently runs a retail outlet selling oriental / ethnic craft items and fashion apparels in Canada.

The Buckminster Fuller Annual Memorial Lecture – 1997

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The Buckminster Fuller Annual Memorial Lecture – 1997

(Introduction: I found many of Bucky’s writings to be pivotal in my education . So I decided to piece together those words that have had an tremendous impact on my life — and read them for you — as if Bucky were here. I think you will forever see the world in a whole new way.)

Specialist verses Comprehensivist

I thought her essay, Women in the Nineteenth Century, was so important that I published it in my book, Ideas and Tensegrities. When I heard that Aunt Margaret said, I must start with the universe and work down to the parts, I must have an understanding of it, that became a great drive for me. I saw that in my education I was being pushed to be a specialist – everybody is being pushed to specialize, to where they can’t be synergetic and can only know about the parts instead of the whole – I switched very vigorously; very deliberately, I became a comprehensivist.

Global Thinking and Planning

I was then sent to the United Stated Navy Academy. Then I became involved in the great transport operations that moved millions of people and supplies across the oceans of the world. This got me to thinking very big. I found the Navy was thinking in terms of the total world, of global planning, and that was an extraordinary experience for me.

Food for Humanity

When I came out of the Navy I went into Armour and Co.’s great packing house. They made me assistant export manager. I began thinking about the total foods of humanity around the world. You see how by this comprehensive anticipatory way of looking at things and thinking about the total needs of total man, I came a few years later to invent the words, Spaceship Earth. Because I began to think about the total planet as being as beautifully designed and equipped as a ship.

Think for Yourself

Anne came from a large family; she was the oldest of ten children. Her father, James Monroe Hewlett, was a prominent architect and he introduced me to the world of architecture. For the first time I met people who were building on the land. And for the first time there was a father again, who said to me, Don’t pay attention to what people say. What you think is the most important thing. Pay attention to your own thoughts.

Commit to Humanity

I had good cause with our first child to feel that children are endowed with a great deal more than many of us know, that every child may be born a genius but may simply be degeniused at an early age because parents and environment lack the ability to recognize these faculties. I said, I’m really going to give the rest of my life to the new young life. I pledged, both to the daughter who died and to the daughter now born, that I was committing myself to humanity.

Individual Initiative

I said, What can a little man effect toward such realizations in the face of the formidable power of great corporations, great states, and all their know-how, guns, monies, armies, tools and information? Then, self-answering: The individual can take initiatives without anybody’s permission. Only individuals can think, and can look for the principles manifest in their experiences that others may be overlooking because they are too preoccupied with how to please some boss or with how to earn money, how to take care of today’s bills. Only the individual disregards his fears and commits himself exclusively to reforming the human environment by developing tools that deal more effectively and economically with evolutionary challenges. Humans can participate -consciously and competently – in fundamental ways, to changes that are more favorable to human life. It became evident that the individual was the only one that could deliberately find the time to think in a cosmically adequate manner.

Fifty-Year Experiment

This was to be a fifty-year experiment to prove that man, like nature, was not a failure but a success; to rethink everything I knew. It was an experiment in which I myself was the guinea pig. I had to begin from the beginning. I had to find out what man has and see how it can be used for the advantage of others. I became convinced that we’re here for each other. Once I’d committed myself to that kind of program I had to expand what I’d already learned by a great deal, and unlearn a great deal that I had been taught was so that I’d found out was not so. And that was the most difficult discipline I took on. I scarcely spoke at all for two years. I couldn’t be completely free of words, but my wife had to talk to people for me. I didn’t want to say anything, make any sounds, until I was pretty sure what those sounds meant and why I wanted to use them. I had to make a complete disconnect in order to start my own thinking.

Reform Environment

I said, how do we find out how to use our minds and experience to the highest advantage of others in the shortest possible time? That was the challenge. Out of this then, in due course, came a great many designs, because I said to myself, I must commit myself to reforming the environment and not man; being absolutely confident that if you give man the right environment, he will behave favorably. By employing the kinds of capabilities used in building a battleship, you do more with less. I’m convinced that by more with lessing we could take care of everybody and there need not be any suffering around the world.

Man An Extraordinary SuccessBucky Fuller Stamp

I decided man was operating on a fundamental fallacy: that man was supposed to be a failure and therefore had to prove his right to live. Each man then said, I must show I can earn my living, and let other people go die. I decided the fallacy was that man was, in fact, designed to be an extraordinary success. His characteristics were just magnificent; what was needed was to discover the comprehensive patterns operating in the universe. The universe is a success. How could metaphysical man, using his mind, master the physical? Clearly, the possibility of a good life for any man depends upon the possibility of realizing it for all men I must be able to convert the resources of the earth, doing more with less, until I reach a point where we can do so much as to be able to service all men in respect to all their needs.

World Game™

I review planetary resources in terms of today’s gained know-how, to see whether there’s any way we might be able to do much more with much less, to be able to take care of everybody. All political systems and wars based on scarcity would become obsolete. World Gaming is played, not like checkers against an enemy but against ignorance, inertia, and fear. The World Game proves that John Von Neumann’s theory of war gaming, which holds that one side or the other must ultimately die, either by war or starvation, is invalid and offers a heretofore unconsidered alternative way to play the war game in which, as in mountain climbing, the object is to find all the moves by which the whole field of climbers would win as each helped the other so that everyone reached the mountaintop successfully. I think of my World Game as a way to bypass politics, human ignorance, prejudice, and war and put the facts before man and the whole world to try to deal with them coherently. We have never so far made the attempt to take our collective destiny into our own hands, and shape it.

Malthus is Wrong

It could be, I thought to myself, that Malthus is really not pertinent today because he didn’t know, for instance, that we were going to have refrigeration. I said, What else did Malthus leave out? I began to inventory the many discoveries that were not available to him in 1810: there was no modern technology at all; no refrigeration; no production steel; no electromagnetics. He left out doing more with less. In 1917 I began to realize we actually had the possibility of doing so much with so little and might be able to take care of all humanity at the highest standard of living anyone has ever experienced, and to do it by 1985. And if we did that, the whole raison d’etre of war would disappear.

Be a Trim Tab

I would never try to reform man – that’s much too difficult. What I would do was to try to modify the environment in such a way as to get man moving in preferred directions. It’s like the principle of a ship’s rudder, which is something I thought a lot about as a boy here on Bear Island. The interesting thing about a rudder is that the ship has already gone by, all but the stern; and you throw the rudder over, and what you’re really doing is making a little longer distance for the water to go round. In other words, you’re putting a low pressure on the other side, and the low pressure pulls the whole stern over and she takes a new direction. The same in an airplane – you have this great big rudder up there, with a little tiny trim tab on the trailing edge; and by moving that little trim tab to one side or the other, you throw a low pressure that moves the whole airplane. And so I said to myself, I’m just an individual, I don’t have any capital to start things with, but I can learn how to throw those low pressures to one side or the other, and this should make things go in preferred directions, and, while I can’t reform man, I just may be able to improve his environment a little. But in order to build up those low pressures I’m going to have to really know the truth.The child is really the trim tab of the future.

150 Admirals

I do know that technologically humanity now has the opportunity, for the first time in it’s history, to operate our planet in such a manner as to support and accommodate all humanity at a substantially more advanced standard of living than any humans have ever experienced. This is possible not because we have found more physical resources. We have always had enough resources. What has happened that now makes the difference is that we have vastly increased our know-how of specialized innovations, all of which invisible realization integrates to make possible success for all. I also know that this can be realized only by a technological revolution involving total Spaceship Earth, using all the resources and know-how as an integrated regenerative system, as in the design of any successful seagoing ship or any biological organism.

Spaceship Earth now has 150 admirals. The five admirals in the staterooms immediately above the ship’s fuel tanks claim that they own the oil. The admirals with staterooms surrounding the ship’s kitchen, dining rooms, and food refrigerators claim they own all the food. Those with a stateroom next to a lifeboat claim that they own the lifeboat, and so forth. They then have an onboard game called balance of trade. Very shortly the majority of admirals have a deficit balance. All the while the starboard-side admirals are secretly planning to list the boat to port far enough to drown the portside admirals, while the portside admirals are secretly trying to list the boat to starboard far enough to drown the starboard-side admirals. Nobody is paying attention to operating the ship or steering it to some port. They run out of food and fuel. They discover that they can no longer reach a port of supply.

Energy Grid

Thinking about humanity on board our planet, the Spaceship Earth, and playing the World Game, I became fascinated by the question, How do we get energy from here to there to help each other? If you look at the world map, you could see, not only crossing time zones and reaching Alaska, where the Russians are putting up dams, hydroelectric dams, in all their northerly flowing waters – all the way over there! I suddenly found I could reach the Russian network -1,500 miles. Boy! This would mean something because of all that standby power – that is, at off-peak times when 50 percent of the generating capacity is not being used. I found then that by integrating these networks to produce a global energy grid, we could integrate night and day and double the generating capacity operative around the world – immediately.

Why Utilities Link

The best customers that power companies have are industries. And they discovered that to hold their industrial customers, public utilities had to anticipate increased uses, for if the industrial customers turned on the juice and didn’t get it from the public utility, they’d go and put in their own energy production plants. So the utility company had to study the needs of their customers, and they have the most incredibly accurate charts of when the peak loads come in every day of the year, every minute of the day. The utilities have standby power for peak hours. This excess power is always being generated at a loss – a complete loss. But the company discovered that if it hooked up its wires with the next town’s, where the peak loads occur at just a little different time of day or night, what had been a complete loss could go over there and become a profit. With interlinked networks, the loss could be turned to a profit. But within 350 miles, the company couldn’t cross time zones. When it reached 1,500 miles, it suddenly was able to go right across the time zone to a different peak time; which meant of course, that there was a much better chance of selling that standby power.

Trudeau and USSR

In early years of Trudeau’s premiership of Canada, when he was about to make his first visit to Russia, I gave him my world energy network grid plan, which he presented to Brezhnev, who turned it over to his experts. On his return to Canada Trudeau reported to me that the experts had come back to Brezhnev with: feasible…desirable I therefore predict that before the end of the 1980s the computer’s politically unbiased problem-solving prestige will have brought about the world’s completely integrated electrical – energy network grid. This world electric grid, with it’s omni-integrated advantage, will deliver its electric energy anywhere, to anyone, at any time, at one common rate. This will make possible a world-around uniform costing and pricing system for all goods and services based realistically on the time-energy metabolic accounting system of Universe.

Kilowatt Hours

When Buckminster Fuller was asked by a 12-year-old boy, How do you suggest solving international problems without violence? He answered:

“I always try to solve problems by some artifact, some tool or invention that makes what people are doing obsolete, so that it makes this particular kind of problem no longer relevant. My answer would be to develop a world energy grid, an electric energy grid where everybody is on the same grid. All of a sudden there would be no problems anymore, no international troubles. Our new economic basis wouldn’t be gold or dollars; it would be kilowatt hours.”

Blood Clots

The world energy network grid will be responsible for the swift disappearance of planet Earth’s 150 different nationalities. We now have 150 supreme admirals, all trying to command the same ship to go in different directions, with the result that the ship is going around in circles – getting nowhere. The 150 nations act as 150 blood clots in blocking the flow of recirculating metals and other traffic essential to realization of the design science revolution.

World’s Highest Priority

Electrical-energy integration of the night and day regions of the Earth will bring all the capacity into use at all times, thus overnight doubling the generating capacity of humanity because it will integrate all the most extreme night and day peaks and valleys. From the Bering Straits, Europe and Africa will be integrated westwardly through the U.S.S.R., and China, Southeast Asia; India will become network-integrated southwardly through the U.S.S.R. Central and South America will be integrated southwardly through Canada, the U.S.A., and Mexico.

Graphs of each of the world’s 150 nations showing their twentieth-century histories of inanimate energy production per capita of their respective populations together with graphs of those countries’ birthrates show without exception that the birthrates decrease at exactly the same rate that the per capita consumption of inanimate electrical energy increases. The world’s population will stop increasing when and if the integrated world electrical energy grid is realized. This grid is the World Game’s highest priority objective.

Not You or Me

In 1970 it could, for the first time, be engineeringly demonstrated that, applying the most advances know-how to the conservation and use of the world’s resources, we can, within ten years of from-killingry-to-livingry reoriented world production, have all humanity enjoying a sustainably higher standard of living that any humans have ever heretofore experienced. It could further be demonstrated that we can do this while simultaneously phasing out all further Earthians’ use of fossil fuels and atomic energy.

Humanity is so specialized and these epochally significant technological facts are so invisible that it seems an almost hopeless matter to adequately inform humanity that from now on, for the first time in history, it does not have to be you or me -there is now enough for both- and to convince humanity of this fact in time to permit it to exercise its option and save itself.
Integrity of Everyone

Now we’ve reached the point of discovering that muscle is nothing, mind is everything. Evolution is integrating us and we’re no longer so remote from each other. Clearly we are here to use our minds, to be information gatherers in the local universe, problem solvers in relation to the maintenance of the integrity of the eternally regenerative universe. Muscle is nothing; mind is everything. But muscle is still in control of human affairs. In about ten years, if we come out with muscle in control, we will have chosen oblivion; if we come out with mind in control, it’s going to be utopia and eternity. Yes, we do have the option to make it, but it’s absolutely touch and go, a matter of the integrity of every human being from now on.

What Can I Do?

Each year I receive and answer many hundreds of unsolicited letters from youth anxious to know what the little individual can do. One such letter from a young man named Michael – who is ten years old – asks whether I am a doer or a thinker.

The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see needs to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done – that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others.

You have what is most important in life-initiative. Because of it, you wrote to me. I am answering to the best of my capability. You will find the world responding to your earnest initiative.

Presentation By: Peter Meisen
President, Global Energy Network Institute
Sources:

Fuller’s Earth, Richard J. Brenneman, St. Martin’s Press, 1984.

Buckminster Fuller: An Autobiographical Monologue Scenario, Robert Snyder

Critical Path, Fuller and Kuromiya
Peter Meisen is a San Diego native and Money & You® Graduate, Mr. Meisen founded Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) to investigate Buckminster Fuller’s premier global strategy — the electrical interconnection of renewable energy resources around the world. This solution has been called one of the most thoughtful strategies in solving many of the world’s problems.

To contact GENI:

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