Spaceship Earth Online
a project of the Buckminster Fuller Institute

Project Intent
The Buckminster Fuller Institute is developing a website to serve as a catalyst for awareness and action towards realizing Humanity’s Option for Success (HOS). This initiative is in response to what we believe remains one of the least talked about crises of our information age—the lack of easy to understand visual presentations of the big picture trends and choices affecting our future. BFI believes that the kinds of resources described [in the full project treatment document] typically exist in either a fragmented or overly academic form. They have yet to be packaged together in such a way that average concerned citizens can quickly "see" what's really going on with the planet's life support systems, easily grasp what will most likely lead to desired outcomes, and have ready access to tools designed to facilitate being effective agents of change.

Spaceship Earth Online (SEO) will provide comprehensive online resources for education, exploration, communication, and action, geared to a broad audience, with particular focus on:

  1. Making visible the invisible trends now impacting all life on Earth.
  2. Presenting operating principles, strategies, and scenarios for meeting the life support needs of 9-10 billion Earthians expected to occupy our planet by 2050, on an ecologically sound basis.
  3. Fostering synergy between individuals, projects and organizations to accelerate the application of solutions to the long-term sustainability challenges facing humanity.


Historical Roots
The project has its roots in the World Design Science Decade 1965-1975, a program proposed by Buckminster Fuller in 1961 to the International Union of Architects. For the first phase of the program, Fuller planned the development of "dramatic educational tools" to promote "World Literacy re: World Problems", including "dramatic indication of potential solutions, by design science upping of the overall performance of world resource units to serve 100% instead of the present (circa 1967) 44% of humanity." Dynamic presentations of "Human, Trends and Needs" in relation to an "Inventory of World Resources" available on a global scale were envisioned to be central elements of the program.


The SEO website will:


For more information about this initiative contact Joshua Arnow, president of BFI.

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