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You Belong to the Universe

Buckminster Fuller and the Future
Written by: Jonathon Keats
Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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A compelling call to apply Buckminster Fuller's creative problem solving to present-day problems.

A self-professed "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist", the inventor Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was undoubtedly a visionary. Fuller's creations often bordered on the realm of science fiction, ranging from the freestanding geodesic dome to the three-wheel Dymaxion car to a bathroom requiring neither plumbing nor sewage. Yet in spite of his brilliant mind and lifelong devotion to serving mankind, Fuller's expansive ideas were often dismissed, and have faded from public memory since his death.

You Belong to the Universe documents Fuller's six-decade quest to "make the world work for 100 percent of humanity". Critic and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats sets out to revive Fuller's unconventional practice of comprehensive anticipatory design, placing Fuller's philosophy in a modern context and dispelling much of the mythology surrounding Fuller's life. Keats argues that Fuller's life and ideas, namely doing "the most with the least", are now more relevant than ever, as humanity struggles to meet the demands of an exploding world population with finite resources. Delving deeply into Buckminster Fuller's colorful world, Keats applies Fuller's most important concepts to present-day issues, arguing that his ideas are now not only feasible, but necessary.

From transportation to climate change, urban design to education, You Belong to the Universe demonstrates that Fuller's holistic problem-solving techniques may be the only means of addressing some of the world's most pressing issues. Keats' timely book challenges each of us to become comprehensive anticipatory design scientists, providing the necessary tools for continuing Fuller's legacy of improving the world.

©2016 Jonathon Keats (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 25-08-18

Bucky, Bucky, Bucky

Having been one of four students assigned to Fuller’s visiting professorship in 1959, each turn of a page in his life was so “Bucky-like”. This book captures the fun of Bucky as he approached turn turn in events He routinely snd calmly placed both hands to his head gathering the wisdom for the “next step”.

This book brought tears of joy to my wonderful semester bathed in Geodesics and Dymaxion!!!

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  • Amber Coeur
  • 08-04-19

great perspective of the man and myth

highly recommend this book for a balanced approach to understanding buckminster fuller and his legacy

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  • John Medeiros
  • 04-09-19

An out of the box thinker

A nice life story about the original out of the box thinker. I was surprised to see it wasn't all about engineering. There was more than a bit of salesmanship involved. A good read if you like to see how people can get around there struggles and move past the things that go wrong in there lives.

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  • Gael Dalton
  • 11-11-18

Amazing x3

I’ve listened to the entire book 3 times now and some parts even more. Each time I learn something new. Bucky’s work and thinking updated - makes me feel like he’s still here among us. This author was clearly inspired. Special thanks for resolving the uneasiness I felt about the prescriptive and unworkable nature of Fuller’s games, and also about what went wrong with Lloyd Khan - until now it seemed I had just been missing something on both counts.
I can’t imagine any other narrator being able to add so much to this work - better than I would have thought possible.

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  • Jon P
  • 19-09-19

disappointing...

I like the ideas of Mr Fuller, but this book is quite boring and very abstract (i think), it's worth a listen for Mr Fuller's fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-19

interesting & balance analysis I'm left inspired

not the easiest listen however, interesting and I'm left feeling inspired to think more deeply!