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541 R. Buckminster Fuller, Kiyoshi Kuromiya: Critical Path

“Critical Path” explores humanity’s critical challenges, proposing comprehensive solutions and a global perspective to ensure the survival and success of our species.



"Critical Path" by R. Buckminster Fuller and Kiyoshi Kuromiya presents a comprehensive analysis of the critical challenges facing humanity and offers innovative solutions to address them. Fuller examines various aspects of human civilization, including politics, economics, technology, and the environment, to identify the root causes of our global problems. He proposes a holistic approach that emphasizes global cooperation, sustainable development, and responsible resource management. The book explores the potential of science and technology to transform society and presents a compelling vision of a future in which humanity thrives through collective action and shared responsibility.


  1. Title: Critical Path 
  2. Authors: R. Buckminster Fuller, Kiyoshi Kuromiya 
  3. Publishing Year: 1981 
  4. Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
  5. Length in Hours: 15 hrs and 47 mins


5 main ideas

  1. Synergetic Approach: Fuller advocates for a synergetic approach to problem-solving, emphasizing the interconnectedness of global challenges and the need for integrated solutions.
  2. Comprehensive Analysis: The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state of humanity, examining various domains such as education, energy, population, and governance, to identify the critical issues we face.
  3. Global Cooperation: Fuller emphasizes the importance of global cooperation, transcending national boundaries, and working collectively to address common challenges that affect the entire planet.
  4. Sustainable Development: The book promotes sustainable development practices that balance human needs with environmental stewardship, ensuring the long-term survival and well-being of future generations.
  5. Responsibility and Accountability: Fuller highlights the importance of individual and collective responsibility in creating a better future, urging each person to take action and contribute to positive change in their own capacities.

5 funny quotes

  1. "I used to be normal, but then I got over it."
  2. "God is a verb, not a noun."
  3. "Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them."
  4. "Dare to be naïve."
  5. "Love is metaphysical gravity."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Either man must reorganize the environment produced by his technology or he will be reorganized by it."
  2. "Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment."
  3. "We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims."
  4. "To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage to anyone."
  5. "You do not belong to you. You belong to the Universe."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability and resource conservation.
  2. Addressing social inequality and disparities while promoting individual freedoms and personal autonomy.
  3. Finding the right balance between technological progress and its potential risks and ethical implications.
  4. Deciding the allocation of resources and prioritizing global challenges in an interconnected world.
  5. Navigating the tensions between national interests and global cooperation in addressing critical issues like climate change and poverty eradication.

5 examples

  1. United Nations - Fuller discusses the role of the United Nations as a platform for global cooperation and the need for stronger international collaboration.
  2. World Bank - The book analyzes the activities and impact of organizations like the World Bank in addressing global economic disparities and promoting development.
  3. Martin Luther King Jr. - Fuller highlights the influence and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in advocating for social justice and equality.
  4. NASA - Fuller explores the technological advancements and space exploration efforts led by NASA, discussing their potential impact on humanity's future.
  5. Oxfam - The book references organizations like Oxfam that work towards alleviating poverty and addressing socioeconomic inequalities on a global scale.

Referenced books

  1. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  2. The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich
  3. The Limits to Growth by Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III
  4. Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
  5. The World as I See It by Albert Einstein

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