Dymaxion Forum

The Dymaxion Forum is dedicated to gathering the most interesting, up-to-date information, viewpoints, and observations advancing the legacy of Buckminster Fuller on Spaceship Earth today and into the future.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP HIGHLIGHT: GOOD MACHINE

In the near future, a fleet of autonomous undersea robots will dramatically accelerate regenerative aquaculture by planting heat-resistant coral 10 times faster than current human planting techniques.  And elsewhere, scalable solar-powered refrigeration units will help reduce rotting wastage in small-hold fishing communities.

JRSM — PARADISE LOST AGAIN, BRUSSELS EXHIBITION

Buckminster Fuller created and patented the Dymaxion Map, a world projection with the negligible distortion which can accurately display at a glance global information such as human migration patterns and the distribution of natural resources.

BFI IS CO-HOSTING HACK FOR EARTH

BFI is proud to announce that we are co-hosting Hack For Earth on November 2-3, 2019 in San Francisco. This event is an accelerator where technology meets ecology. Twelve teams will compete and collaborate to inspire the audience for earth-centered technological solutions. BFI will be creating our open-source Cooperating Manual for Spaceship Earth wiki as one of the participants.

Drawdown Virtual

Project Drawdown, co-founded by Executive Director of BFI, Amanda Joy Ravenhill, is partnering with Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown — Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown, on September 16-19, 2019.

FELLOWSHIP FOR CHANGING INITIATIVES

Humanity is in a critical moment and we need systems-level change to ensure that today’s solutions don’t become tomorrow’s problems. Across all sectors, incentives award the outdated, mechanistic, reductionist, and fragmented approaches to progress. We invite you to imagine an alternative path. 

CO-AUTHOR THE CO-OPERATING MANUAL FOR SPACESHIP EARTH WITH US

As Fuller said, ”There are no mere passengers aboard Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.

CO-OPERATING MANUAL FOR SPACESHIP EARTH

Fifty years ago, Fuller wrote a powerful book entitled Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.

WELCOME FROM TOM CHI, BFI NEW BOARD CHAIR

Dear BFI Community, 

I'm excited to serve as the new chair of the BFI board of directors. My background is in the technology world working initially as a physicist, inventor, engineer, designer, executive, and (most recently) investor seeking to help humanity become a net positive to nature. You can learn a lot more about how I see the world here:

Accelerating Acceleration: Towards Tomorrow
Pablo Freund

Since the invention of the printing press, the scientific and thought advances of man have spread throughout the world at ever increasing rates, extending to millions an education that was historically exclusive to just a lucky few. Knowledge has catalyzed knowledge in what R. Buckminster Fuller described as the ever-increasing wealth of the world.

Specialized in Generality
Pablo Freund

Buckminster Fuller is best known for the invention of the Geodesic Dome. The structure’s remarkable properties allow it to be built to any size, while maximizing the ratio of internal volume to external surface area. Thousands of domes have been built providing relief to disaster victims, strength to military compounds, awe to audiences in concert halls, and prestige to the U.S.

Making the World Work
Pablo Freund

In the late months of 1927, a desperate man stood at the shores of Lake Michigan contemplating ending his own life. Despite a privileged upbringing and honorable service to his country as a Navy officer, at age 32 he found himself defeated; grief stricken by the passing of his young daughter due to illness, and yearning for his wife and newborn away from him in New York City.

Portraits of Buckminster Fuller by Richard Seyffert
Pablo Freund

In 1979, Richard and his wife Valerie visited Bucky at his family home in Bear Island, Maine.

Public Lab DIY kits

2013 Fuller Challenge Finalist Public Lab for Open Science and Technology hosts an impressive catalog of open source toolkits on their site ranging from Water Quality Sensors to Indoor Air Quality and Kite Mapping kits.

Mushroom Tower for PS1

2013 Fuller Challenge winner Ecovative is in production on 10,000 living mushroom bricks for a 40-foot tower to be installed in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 as part of their Young Architects Program.

Échale a Tu Casa wins B Corp award

2013 Fuller Challenge Runner Up Échale a Tu Casa has been recognized as one of the “Best for the World” companies by B Corp.

Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home to be restored

Good news! Minnesota-based Dome, Inc. will be initiating the long-awaited preservation work on Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home in Carbondale, Illinois with a public ground-breaking on April 19.

Carbondale restoration under way

Blair Wolfram's Dome Inc. recently held the groundbreaking for their restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home in Carbondale, IL, on April 19th.

Generalists to the Rescue: The Emergence of the Sustainability Professional
Pablo Freund

Pablo Freund details the rise of the generalist, adept in working with multidisciplinary and comprehensive approaches to the complex issues of our time.