R. Buckminster Fuller, “the planet’s friendly genius” was an architect and engineer who used his life as “…an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.” Reading his Critical Path whilst at University was transformative for me. He remains one of the archetypes of a human being I would like to emulate, as greatly simplified below (characteristics and capabilities), with appropriate strategies as well as measures/milestones that will let me know I’m moving in the right direction.


  • Compassionate humanist
  • Writer & philosopher
  • Ecologist & designer


  • Eloquence in self-expression
  • Deep knowledge of modern economics and history
  • Drafting/illustrating


  • Cycle (or run) to and from work every day for a week
  • Write an article on Medium
  • Write on glennji.com every week for 2 months
  • Complete the Whole30 programme
  • Design and build something


  • plan 30 minute “writing time” three days a week
  • Learn to use a CAD package for technical drawing