Man & Nature

We are nature.

We are innately connected to the earth. Our deepest connection as human beings, as animals, as part of nature – ought to be to the earth.

We have known nature longer than we have known anything else. Nature provides us with everything we need. And so much more.

So, what is it about our modern nature that has enabled us to grow so disconnected from nature?

Why have we become so greedy?

We pave nature over, exploit her bounty, and wreak havoc on her beauty.

Why? For what?

Are we afraid? Are we unaware? Or, are we just ignorant?

It seems more likely that we are simply in a deep and sustained state of denial.

Have we become so self-serving and shortsighted that we have completely lost our way and we have intentionally, purposefully disconnected from nature, from our life force?

To what end?

Regardless of the reason we must reevaluate, reconnect, and reunite with nature.

We must begin this process immediately. We must do it now.

To live in the present with little respect for the future is to do an injustice to ourselves, our ancestors, and all those to follow.

We can undo much of what we have done.

We can reconnect.

We can design the future.

We can do better.

– All images courtesy of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. We aim to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.

Our programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. We encourage participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview.

By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, our work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. In this way, we strive to catalyze the collective intelligence required to fully address the unprecedented challenges before us.