ity objective. This sentence from Critical Path (page 206) which was first published over four decades ago, launched the GENI project. Because or y[OUR] support, many energy planners and policy makers around the world are now aware of this powerful vision and are advocating projects on every continent.
Buckminster Fuller, the source of this vision, would have been 100 years old on July 12, 1995. To honor and give tribute to the man Called the Leonardo Da Vinci of our century, GENI co-hosted a three-day Centennial Symposium and Celebration in San Diego. Bucky said that we wore all born geniuses--but were damaged in our youth by our environment and societal ignorance of humanity's option to make it. With this event, we invite you to Rediscover the GENIus in us all.
You will get to play the World Game and engage in the fundamental question: How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or the disadvantage to anyone?
his life and changed the lives of everyone who looks beyond his/her nose and asks what kind of a world we live in ...
Dr. Walter Schempp, a German scientist who happens to be a descendant of Kepler, discovered the Quantum Hologram fifty years ago or so, and this shows that Cartesian duality, the dominant belief of the past four hundred years, that body and mind are realms of reality that DO NOT interact - IS totally WRONG. Schempp's Quantum Holography, is showing us that the intuitive communication I have experienced in space - and that others are also experiencing - is more fundamental than our normal perceptions. In English we call intuition our sixth sense, but we should really call it our first sense because it is rooted in the quantum world and the communication to which it testifies has been around long before human sensory mechanisms were evolved. There is an intrinsic awareness in nature that reaches down all the way to the quantum level, to the subatomic particles that make up matter. That to me, and I know you will agree, Ervin, is exactly where the crux of the matter lies. There is a form of consciousness in nature. This consciousness is as important and as basic as energy.
A few months ago quantum physicists Leonard Susskind, Craig Hogan and Brian Greene - among others - came up with the idea that space-time is a hologram where everything is "entangled". We know that in a hologram all of the information that makes up an image is given everywhere and at the same time, so not time is involved in going from one place to another - everything is present everywhere. This holographic information is likely to be present in the universe, and it is likely to be given for all time. It is not ephemeral. The latest experiment carried out a few months ago testify to this.
This instant interconnection, what physicists call entanglement and nonlocality, may be the key to better understanding of the nature of reality. It is also the secret of a healthier life and a healthier and more sustainable world. At the heart of space and time all things are non locally connected, and we can tap into these "deep connections" and experience the oneness you experienced in space (on your return from the moon). This experience is important for us, because it is the source of our feeling of empathy and solidarity. It motivates us to cooperate, to work together. And cooperation, as we both know, is a basic pre-condition of surmounting the problems we confront in the world today.
eached to the point of infertility. Massive dust storms pick up the loose soil and carry it as far as Tokyo and Taipei. During sunset, fumes from factories block out the sun well before it can be observed sinking below the horizon.
But all this may be finally changing.
In 2005, the Chinese government, in cooperation with the World Bank, completed the world’s largest watershed restoration on the upper banks of the Yellow River. Woefully under-publicized, the $500 million enterprise transformed an area of 35,000 square kilometers on the Loess Plateau — roughly the area of Belgium — from dusty wasteland to a verdant agricultural center.
The result of careful terracing, replanting of native vegetation and restrictions on grazing, the rejuvenated land now supports a thriving local agricultural economy. Even better, the new vegetation reduces flooding and dust storms by anchoring the region’s soil and is becoming a large carbon sink.
As the Copenhagen meeting on climate change begins, the restoration project may finally get the attention it deserves. A new film directed and written by John Liu, the founder of the Environmental Education Media Project and a veteran eco-film director, will tell the story of the Loess Plateau. The documentary, “Hope in a Changing Climate,” takes the story of the Loess Plateau as its lead, but quickly moves to Rwanda and Ethiopia where similar successes have come from a process known as forest landscape restoration.
Copenhagen is the first time forest landscape restoration will be on the agenda at a major international climate conference. Under what is known as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Plus (REDD+), Copenhagen negotiators hope to establish a regulatory regime to fight deforestation and manage forested areas. Proponents of forest landscape restoration are hoping this could include recognition and support for projects across the globe.
That could be a major step forward in popularizing landscape restoration. The process suffers from being literally as exciting as watching grass grow. It can take decades for vegetation to fully return, and strict attention must be paid to mundane matters like grazing and over-planting. Mr. Liu’s documentary overcomes this stumbling block with jaw-dropping fades from muddy denuded landscapes to lush fields.
It is becoming harder to deny the importance of forest landscape restoration in combating climate change. A new study by the World Resources Institute shows that about 1 billion hectares of land could be restored across the globe. Rough estimates indicate that carbon sequestration through this process could eliminate 50 percent more carbon from the atmosphere than a proactive cessation of deforestation could.
Still, forest landscape restoration is decidedly complex. Because ecosystems vary based on geography, and lasting success depends on the support of local residents, the process is pesteringly cross-disciplinary. Any forest landscape restoration project requires the know-how of engineers, ecologists and soil scientists, plus an understanding of local economics and politics.
In the Loess Plateau locals built and must maintain the terraces that have brought about their ecosystem’s incredible recovery.
Much hangs in the balance of the Copenhagen talks, and although forest landscape restoration is a shining light in what has over the past few months become a darkening debate, it is no panacea. It must be implemented in combination with carbon cuts and sound anti-deforestation policies.…
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You’ll find the author's blog at BuckyIdeas.com. Please visit there to read about Buckminster Fuller's IDEAS for today and for news about upcoming events and books.FORM FOLLOWS IDEA examines the work and ideas of influential designers Ralph Ball and Maxine Naylor. Their reflections and propositions provide a refreshing and provocative approach to design, touching on issues such as craftsmanship, modernism, and the role of nature and commercialism in design. Ball and Naylor's work explores ideas of space beyond the physical object. Their concern with cultural and social values is manifest in the form and (dis)function of their designs and appropriations of everyday objects, such as chairs, lights and shelving. FORM FOLLOWS IDEA features their approach to these objects through cultural, ecological and visual narratives. As such, their book provides a playful yet critical re-evaluation of familiar forms and typologies.
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"Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like, frightful pattern," says Gautam Kamat Bambolkar. "They ran from the edge of the entrance to an infinite end. It looked nothing less than a scary man-made cave." 1. Embrace abundance, not scarcity. Humans are falsely conditioned by the notion of scarcity promoted by Charles Darwin and Thomas Malthus. The idea of survival of the fittest sets up an us-versus-them mentality. If we believe there is not enough for all, overconsumption and greed are natural results. Only by embracing abundance and setting out to prove there is enough for all can we achieve Bucky’s overriding objective, “To make the world work for one hundred percent of all humanity in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological damage or harm to any individual.” In other words, whether we think we can or think we can’t, we are right.