Buckminster Fuller

This text was presented as a talk at the Sunrise Offgrid Festival August 2012:

Soap Bubble Sky from Wikimedia Commons

I offered to give a talk on Buckminster Fuller after Dan, an organiser for the festival, made an invitation on Facebook. Buckminster Fuller has certainly had an influence on my life and I wanted to share some of this with you. I discovered him for myself at art college when I started messing around with geodesic domes.

How many of you have heard of Buckminster Fuller?

Here is a well-known picture of him. One of the first things that occurred to me on seeing his pictures is that I thought he looked a bit like a tortoise. Now I liked tortoises a lot, here’s a picture of one I made out of clay when I was 10 years old.

buckminster-fullerActually sometimes I think I look a bit like a tortoise too, so I was happy to find Buckminster Fuller because I knew I wasn’t the only person in the world who looked a bit like a tortoise.

TortoiseBuckminster Fuller was born on 12th July 1895 and lived for 88 years. Some people claim him to be one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century. At art college I even read one of his books called ‘Critical Path’.