Buckminster Fuller was a 20th century American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist. His World Game theory (“to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone”) is at the heart of the #IsThereEnough campaign.
Ben Ferencz became responsible for the world being made conscious of our basic human rights of life and liberty in a way that no one had ever been before, forged from the most horrific crimes ever committed in recorded history. Ferencz coined the term "genocide', and put the concept of "crimes against humanity" into our culture, beginning in 1947, in Nuremberg, where he prosecuted 22 death squad Nazi leaders for their crimes, and in an entire international career since, which continues still to this day, at the age of 100, devoted to a single truth, that law is what finally triumps over war. We agree. The laws we agree on, and every other social agreement we make to uphold those laws, along all of the agreements of our customs and traditions, create an inevitable path forward to making the world work for 100% of humanity.
Letter from Birmingham Jail, one of Martin Luther King’s most famous pieces of expression, written at a pivotal moment in civil rights history, suggests, in the clearest possible terms, that any injustice anywhere, is an injustice everywhere. This #IsThereEnough campaign is about human lives, all human lives, and the rights to life and liberty that everyone has, no matter their country, race or religion.
This short video is one of our most popular references. Everyone loves this Dancing Guy's lesson from a talk by Derek Sivers, an early internet pioneer. This video was made by one of his fans made from a live talk in the late 90’s, Derek provides a powerful insight into how movements really take flight. Our entire campaign is a hyper example of this lesson..
Hans Gosling, the late Scandinavian statistician, showed the world, with the numbers to prove it, that overpopulation has been a worry distraction from the very solutions it takes to lift people out of scarcity. He hated being called an optimist.
“ People often call me an optimist, because I show them the enormous progress they didn’t know about. That makes me angry. I’m not an optimist. That makes me sound naive. I’m a very serious “possibilist”. . . As a possibilist, I see all this progress, and it fills me with conviction and hope that further progress is possible. ”
Mariana Mazzucato addresses the growing concern about capitalism and a counter movement embracing socialism.
“There’s all sorts of different ways to do capitalism. There’s the kind of maximization of shareholder value. There’s the more stakeholder value perspective. . . that fundamentally affects how public and private come together. That’s what I think need complete rebooting rather than to start calling things socialism.”
Nasa engineers faces an Apollo 13 Crisis none of us could imagine could be solved. To save the astronauts lives, they literally had to fit a square peg into a round hole and within a fixed period of time. Some say our plight is already lost, that our damage to our world is already so far much worse than anyone expected, that we are already past the point of saving ourselves. Perhaps we are not seeing how to re engineer.
Andrew McAfee author of More From Less on Fareed Zacharia’s GPS, Global Public Square with some surprising facts about how humans are finding ways of doing more with less, what Buckminster Fuller predicted.
This video is an address to the UN SDG Forum and contains some surprisingly positive statistics about wealth and sustainability, while still focusing us on our problem in impact finance. This video’s references are at the foundation of this campaign’s Impact Finance goals.
The Pursuit is a globe trotting journey of conservative economist Arthur Brooks showing the advances entrepreneurialism has made over the last 100 years in India and other emerging populations suggesting that capitalism in a more inclusive model can lift people out of struggle and poverty.
A 6 part Discovery Channel series from Alex Gibney and Steven Spielberg that explores our centuries old divisions, and tribal acts of violence and genocide. There is a key distinction made in Episode 1 that links scarcity and violence in a way we have never seen before.
Yuval Harari has published 3 books in the 21st century that have largely reconfigured our perspective on our history. His first book, Sapiens, introduced the idea that almost all of society's progressive evolutions and institutional structures are human "fictions". There are no corporations or countries in nature. Birds do not hold mortgages. These are man made collaborations we all agree to use which have in fact allowed us to collaborate in enormous numbers. To us, the word "fiction" works, transitively, for an historical perspective. But, in fact, what Harari calls a fiction, we suggest is an"agreement". All of our wealth and progress is built, not so much on our fictions but on our agreement on those fictions. It is a critical, survival-oriented distinction.
Man's Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl's story of concentration camp survival and ultimate triumph, left a legacy of psychological framework which places meaning and value as the source of what it means to create a happy and healthy life. This same essential focus of meaning and value is not yet well measured in society's aggregate wealth indexes. We do not yet have a measure, in the way we can measure GDP, unemployment, and trade deficits, of economic impact and meaning.
Ken Windes was an American triumph story few have heard. For those that have, it defies belief, and yet it is completely true. Ken freed himself from the maximum security prison at Marion, Illinois, one of the toughest prisons in America, in the late 1960's,. He did not leave by escape through a tunnel, as he had dreamed of, but with the intervention and collaboration of his mentor, Dr Martin Gruder, a young psychologist avoiding service in the Vietnam War. Together, they transformed an entire prison community and gave new hope to a generation of young men. Their results were so clear and life changing, that while Ken was still a registered convict, the pair traveled to prisons throughout the country teaching their methods to other prison professionals. Eventually, the transformed prison-trained psychologist Ken Windes was released, years before his legal path to parole. When he emerged from prison life, Windes founded The Game Academy and moved his practice to workshop forums helping people liberate themselves from, as Ken would say, "the prison walls of their mind". #IsThereEnough is a global application of one of Windes' core ideas.
Money & You has become one of the most consequential and influencial developers of human transformational talent of the last 50 years, on a global scale and perspective. It has trained over 100,000 graduates who are now in leadership positions throughout the world in dozens of disciplines, including business, government and social impact.
Money & You is a global leadership game, purposely and artfully seeming to be about money, and our relationship to it. It is, instead, a journey to self discovery and the way we collaborate with others. It is the most vivid way possible for anyone to truly understand, in a group environment, that wealth is not money, and money is not wealth, a difference that matters in survival and standard of living. It is also the fastest way for any team to accelerate productive relationship results.
The program was founded in 1979 by Marshall Thurber, Bobbi DePorter, two groundbreaking pioneers in combining entrepreneurship with social impact education, and Dame Doria Cordova, who is leading it to this day. It is based on the interactive experiential learning principles of super teaching, and masters the ability to meaningfully incorporate complex and specific principles from the work of Buckminster Fuller, Edwards Deming, and Ilya Prigogene, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 1977, among a number of others. Using ground breaking experiential education methods, these complex systems thinkers became visceral and accessible to anyone.
This #IsThereEnough campaign carries much of its core essence and many of its principles.