Following in the Footsteps of Robert Jungk, R. Buckminster Fuller,
Donella H. Meadows, and Others ...
It was clear
to Robert Jungk, R. Buckminster Fuller, Donella H. Meadows, and
many others that a good future for the Earth had to be designed
with the participation of all who had an interest in realization of
such a future, but, so far, no progress in this is happening
There is a need for all of us who are trying to follow in all the
above mentioned footsteps to unite our efforts, to cooperate with
each other on a way to make it possible for everyone with a stake
in a satisfactory future to be able to compare one's ideas about
what a satisfactory future for the Earth should be with the ideas
of others on the basis of all of our knowledge of Earth and
societal processes, in order to make our efforts for a good future
The end product of our efforts should be a visible portrayal of
what our world should look like, a portrayal that would be
continuously developed by all, and used as a reference for us to
see our progress towards our commonly held ideal.
As of yet, this still is not happening. Effort is being wasted. The
need to unify our diverse ideas of what the ideal future of Earth
should be like remains unfulfilled.
To quote Donella Meadows (at the end of the subchapter of chapter 8
of Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update (Meadows 2004) titled
models, including the ones in our heads, are a little right, much
too simple, and mostly wrong. How do we proceed in such a way as to
test our models and learn where they are right and wrong? How do we
speak to each other as fellow modelers with an appropriate mixture
of scepticism and respect?...
"Future Workshops"/"Zukunftswerkstätten" - Robert Jungk,
Ruediger Lutz, Norbert R. Müllert:
"Future Workshop", Wikipedia -
Jungk, Robert, Müllert, Norbert (1987): Future workshops: How
to Create Desirable Futures. London, England, Institute for Social
Inventions ISBN 0-948826-39-8
R. Buckminster Fuller
World Game -
The World Game (1971) -
Wikipedia, World Game -
R. Buckminster Fuller's World Game and ModelEarth -
Mother Earth News, World Game -
Donella Meadows concept of "envisioning"/"visioning"
Meadows, Donella H., Jørgen Randers and Dennis Meadows
2004 Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update.
White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
A synopsis of Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. Online at the
Sustainability Institute (founded by Donella Meadows): www.sustainer.org/pubs/limitstogrowth.pdf (accessed