Monday, March 17, 2008

Bucky’s Synergy Formula

We all have experienced the joy and fun which is created when a group of people shares a common experience or have a joined purpose like in a business.
I was reading “Living with Passion” by Peter L. Hirsch
In the chapter on FOCUS he mentions a man named Dr. Buckminster Fuller (
Dr. Fuller was truly a genius futurist, mathematician, architect and author. 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?" He also explored the dynamics of relationships. According to his observation, he came up with a formula:
P x P – P ÷ 2 = S
This means, the number of People squared, minus the number of People, divided by two, equals the number of Synergistic relationships present in the group.
Based on this formulation, let’s say we have 4 People: 4 x 4 - 4 ÷ 2 = 6
6 People: 6 x 6 – 6 ÷ 2 = 15
We can see that the more people there are the greater the dynamic of relationship becomes. From the synergy of the People present comes an increasing excitement and brainstorming.
As with the question Dr. Fuller asked, I asked myself: “What do we humans have to learn to live more cooperatively?”
I believe that we have to accept our God given purpose ( I am not talking about a religious belief or a personal opinion. By discovering our common purpose, we learn that we were meant to be fruitful, multiply and have dominion over the earth.
Being fruitful means to be fruitful in oneself, mature and wise; to understand exactly what the creator had in mind for us.
Growing up in a loving family, we learn to live for each other which prepares us for the second blessing: multiply. We have multiplied alright to the point of seven Billion people on this earth. But have we learned to live for each other and serve one another? Therefore, the third Blessing: Have dominion over all things got distorted.

From today’s scientists we learn that we live in an expanding universe. There is really no shortage of supplies or energy; there is only shortage of knowledge how to keep relationships flowing, how to relate to others in a spirit of goodwill.
By focusing on our God given purpose we have a clear owner’s manual. Let’s apply it and live for the sake of others.

1 comment:

yusun said...

mom! your blogs are getting so good! i really enjoyed this one, especially since it dealt with math. :)