There are a select few geniuses that have lived their lives and, long after they are gone, their works continue to inspire several generations. Albert Einstein and Beethoven are in the same class as Buckminster Fuller—the genius known for the geodesic dome, as well as 28 patents, 28 published books and 47 honorary degrees.
The dome, the man and the legacy
As stated, Fuller is mostly known for the geodesic dome, a sustainable structure that defies the laws of physics regarding weight in line with engineered construction. The dome has been produced over 300,000 times and can be seen in children’s toys, works of art and in sports stadiums. However, Fuller’s true impact on our modern world is alive today as his concepts and dreams continue to influence generations of architects, designers, artists and scientists working (often together) to build a more sustainable world for all.
Inspiration inspired by genius
If you go back to 2010, Operation Hope was the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge—a contest that provided a solution to a devastating cause of climate change. At the heart of the project, researchers rejuvenated parched and desolate grasslands. Along with savannahs, these areas transformed from barren grounds into healthy, vibrant fields with ponds and flowing streams. Not even a severe drought could stop researchers from making this project a successful one.
The work of Buckminster Fuller inspired the Savory Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Africa Center for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe to launch Project Hope. Its methods proved to be a successful in the field of land management that strayed from traditional concepts. Their success was due greatly in part to the innovative technology that granted researchers the ability to calibrate and measure figures in their studies.
For example, they embraced a holistic management process that restored balance between local plant growth and animal herding as well as feeding behaviors. The re-introduction of clean, bountiful water was due to the research at hand. Furthermore, they combated global climate change and increased crop yields to restore food supplies to locals.
Nurturing generations to come
The globalization of tech wizards is due greatly in part to contests such as the Buckminster Fuller Challenge and the number of students pursuing STEM degrees—an interdisciplinary degree in science, technology, engineering and math. According to ‘The New York Times’ the best companies are seeking people with these degrees to fill vital roles within companies. As for global projects funded by organizations such as the one in Buckminster Fuller’s name, these students are often the best candidates.
The best way for STEM students to get involved in projects and challenges is to develop a team and find a cause with a purpose that will lead to the development of something to lend a hand to global good. Whether you are restoring a valuable eco system to remote and threatened areas, or finding innovative ways to educate people in primitive conditions, participating in these programs will not only pad your resume, you will be improving the lives of many while setting a stage for others to pick up when you leave off.
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