April 10, 2018
You say you want a revolution… How about a ‘design science revolution’? Coined by R. Buckminster Fuller, the idea advocates for an alternative to politics that makes war obsolete, optimizes planetary resources for the benefit of all, and uses nature’s existing order to guide human design.
Amanda Ravenhill is the Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, an organization dedicated to building on the legacy of systems visionary, inventor, and architect R. Buckminster Fuller to solve complex global problems through design thinking education. Prior to her work with the institute, Amanda taught Principles of Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, served as business Partnership Coordinator at 350.org, and held the role of Executive Director of Project Drawdown. Amanda is an advisor to the Center for Carbon Removal and a member of the Nexus Global Climate Change Working Group steering committee.
Today, Amanda sits down with Ross and Christophe to share the vision of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and its namesake’s legacy as an early environmentalist, humanitarian, and techno-optimist with a global vision of the future. They discuss how Nori fits into that vision as part of the ‘design science revolution’ and how the transparency of the blockchain aligns with Fuller’s ideas. Amanda offers insight into the origin of the Drawdown Project, describing the details of how solutions like the education of women and girls have cascading benefits that include reversing climate change. Listen in for Amanda’s advice around approaching problems with design thinking and learn about the groundbreaking work of Regenesis Group.
[3:00] Amanda’s WHY in working with Buckminster Fuller
[4:54] The fundamentals of biochar
[7:19] The aim of the Buckminster Fuller Institute
[10:28] Fuller’s concept of dymaxion
[13:42] The role Nori plays in Fuller’s vision
[18:47] How the blockchain fits with Fuller’s vision
[21:52] The idea of Burning Man
[27:06] How the education of women and girls impacts climate change
[30:34] Amanda’s advice around approaching problems with design thinking
[33:15] How winners of the Fuller Challenge are selected
[36:04] The significance of ‘Team Trillion Tons’
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