About Bucky

 

The best way to predict the future is to design it.

R. Buckminster Fuller

 

 

About Bucky


 

Fuller Academy is inspired by the life work of 20th-century polymath R. Buckminster Fuller. Bucky, as he preferred to be known, lived an extraordinary life, dedicating himself to exploring and building solutions that could best serve our world. Marshall McLuhan and Steve Jobs called Bucky "the DaVinci of our times", and Time Magazine described him as the planets "friendly genius". Fuller's life mission was dedicated to working on behalf of all of humanity to build a world of peace, equaility, and sustainability.

Fuller dedicated his life to finding solutions to many of the worlds critical problems. His life was shaped by his belief that every one of us could be a trimtab, the small rudder at the back of a ship that steers and directs, despite its relatively small size. Fuller believed that each of us could be a "trimtab", and have an impact on the direction of what he termed "Spaceship Earth". Many of his insights and predictions about education, technology, and even the idea of a digital currency such as Bitcoin have now come to fruition. He was a man truly ahead of his time.

 

Bucky's ideas transcend specific disciplines. He wrote on such diverse subjects as chemistry, biology, architecture, economics, philosophy, and education. On education, Fuller was clear in his belief that school models (even in the early and mid-20th century) were anachronisms of an earlier time. Although the internet and world wide web were still 30 to 40 years in the future, Fuller envisioned a time where courses would be delivered through a computer-like device, where accessible "videos on demand" would be available on any topic, and where students would study in individual "pods" - all a good 70 years before the educational shift that we are currently experiencing.

Beyond the technological changes in education, Fuller also endorsed the idea of "learning for comprehensivity". He believed that diversity and generalization - not specialization - were the key to success of our species. He advocated for building student capacity as generalists who could draw on a systems thinking mindset to help solve problems. At Fuller Academy, we stand on the shoulders of not just Bucky, but several other reformers and thought leaders in education, such as Alfred North Whitehead, Marietta Pierce Johnson, and Sir Ken Robinson. We believe in the transformative power of education to quickly bring about positive systemic change, and we have dedicated our mission to bringing together the best of all methodologies in developing a model of education suited for life in the 21st century.