Early on during (level 5) lockdown my friend Robbie sent me a link to an application form for participation in the Buckminster Fuller Institute's upcoming Design Science Decade.
I'll admit, I read the programme's introductory information a few times and still didn't really understand what it was all about. But the 40% that I did understand resonated very deeply with my vision and intent with all of our work. So I started formulating answers to the various questions on the application form - without an overall picture of the whole...
Buckminster Fuller was a 20th century inventor and visionary who worked as a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist' to solve global problems. Fuller's ideas and work continue to influence new generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a sustainable planet. From 1965-1975 he implemented the first Design Science Decade - and now, decades after his death it is happening again.
And I have been selected as one of the (r)Evolutionaries in the first cohort of the programme that aims to be an educational incubator for art inspired by a regenerative future that works for 100% of life.
I am extremely honoured (especially as the only representative from Africa) to be included and very excited for what lies ahead. Thus far we've had a few big group sessions (there are 144 of us, so still within Dunbar's numbers) to get orientated with all the online tools and platforms, the curriculum and what to expect . Come Monday we will be divided into 12 smaller working pods (of 12) as we start to implement our plans and visions.
I am only just starting to slowly wrap my head around my own proposed project, so more on that a bit later.
If you, like me in April, have never explored Mr Fuller's work or the concepts addressed by these institutions I would recommend you at least dip your toes a little bit...