SPEC takes inspiration from the work of the renowned 20th century inventor and visionary Richard Buckminster Fuller. Fuller dedicated his life to creating systems that would enable people to live healthy and productive lives. He envisioned a "World Game", in which groups of experts collected and analyzed all the information and data available on the world's resources and industries. These teams would collaborate to develop sustainable solutions to global problems like poverty, homelessness, hunger, pandemics, and environmental destruction. Fuller's goal was, as he put it, to
"make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone."
Unfortunately, during his life time, Fuller didn't have the technology needed to make his World Game a reality. At SPEC, we believe that today humanity has the collective knowledge and technology to realize Fuller's vision. Modern computers enable distributed collaboration, information processing, and data analysis capabilities Bucky only could have dreamed of. We can use these technologies to build radically transparent, sustainable, and equal systems of living and working. If we can harness our collective intelligence and collaboratively innovate, we can make the world work for all people and the environment.
What we've accomplished so far
SPEC is a little more than a year old and has already done a lot! Here is a breakdown of our first year.
- Paid out $27,964 to contributors
- Helped over a dozen people find work
- Provided credit bearing work experience to students
- Incubated a handful of community initiatives
- Facilitated many events and deliberative conversations
- Launched the Journal of Engaged Research
- Developed the SPEC Learning Platform
- Piloted and delivered a free microcredential course
- Sponsored an LGBTQI+ art gallery
- Contributed to open source software and sustainability