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j. Buckminster Fuller, ‘Spaceship Earth’


Buckminster Fuller, Philadelphia, USA
1975, 2 min

Initially published in 1969, and one of Fuller’s most popular works, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth is a brilliant synthesis of his world view. In this very accessible volume, Fuller investigates the great challenges facing humanity. He provides us with answers on questions that form the basis of “the commons movement”.

How will humanity survive? How does automation influence individualization? How can we utilize our resources,  more effectively to realize our potential to end poverty in this generation? He questions the concept of specialization, calls for a design revolution of innovation, and offers advice on how to guide ‘spaceship earth’ toward a sustainable future.