A half century ago R. Buckminster Fuller - distinguished mathematician, pioneering inventor and 21st century visionary -
realized that humanity's long-term success or failure would depend in large part on our ability to:
|R. Buckminster Fuller in 1981.
BFI launched the EARTHscope project to extend this important aspect of Buckminster Fuller's work to future generations. The ES concept is based on
Fuller's designs for an immersive, 200-foot Geoscope globe that would display world data and trends in real time.
- "Find effective ways for all humanity to see total Earth"
- Gather & map an inventory of the world's resources, human trends, and needs
- Design "dramatic educational tools" to promote "World Literacy re: World Problems," including "dramatic indication of potential solution[s]"
The ongoing development of the EARTHscope interface, publishing framework, and library is an important step
toward transforming global and local data into powerful, easily accessed, geo-stories about the state of the Earth, our communities,
and their possible futures.
The ES project grew out of BFI's R & D for a comprehensive online resource for education, communication, and design called spaceshipEARTH.
In May of 2001, BFI launched spaceshipearth.org v1.0 as a concept presentation
/ demonstration site that introduced visitors to:
- The project vision and content frameworks
- Networking concepts & communication features
- ES: a proposed interactive presentation tool for making the invisible visible
The original purpose of this demonstration site was to communicate with our network and help attract the content, technology, and funding
partnerships needed to realize spaceshipEARTH's full potential. What finally emerged as EARTHscope is now a top development priority and
remains an integral part of our longer-term vision for spaceshipearth.org