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Another role model: “Bucky” Fuller

I think Buckminster Fuller’s story played an important role in my decision to become a self-made farmer. Observe this excerpt from Wikipedia:

Throughout his life, Fuller was concerned with the question “Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?” Considering himself an average individual without special monetary means or academic degree, he chose to devote his life to this question, trying to find out what an individual like him could do to improve humanity’s condition that large organizations, governments, or private enterprises inherently could not do.

One of my favorite sayings is his:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”


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People to study

Just added Donella Meadows to my study outline under systems thinking, which lines up quite well with how my mind likes to operate as well as how sustainable agriculture works. I’ve been intrigued by systems theory for several years now.

Albrecht seems to be a systems thinker, applying a holistic and systematic approach to agriculture. I’ll probably be all over his writings for the next several months. By the way, you know you’re getting hard core about studying something when you become a fan of someone who doesn’t have a Wikipedia entry.

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