About World Working


Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion map portrays Spaceship Earth as, in essence, one island.


This World Working website is devoted to an idea I first learned about from Buckminster Fuller.

Bucky said: there is enough to go around for everybody on spaceship Earth: the world could work. Bucky wanted to: "Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone." He did not see that goal reached during his lifetime.

Now is the time to achieve a world that works. For World Working it’s not “now or never” and it’s not “now or whenever” it’s “now, forever.” How surprised everyone would be if the world started working. We can decide, e.g.: we decided to go to war; we decided to make peace; we decided to split the atom; we decided to go to the moon.

Now, we can decide to make the world work.

Below and throughout this website are and will be ideas and information about things we can do to move toward making the world work. More ideas, more information, more solutions to problems, and more suggestions will be needed as we go forward in this World Working endeavor.

This is a website, not an organization. It is my hope that we, as the people of the earth, will take it upon ourselves to self-organize in order to make the world work. We are the organization. How to make the world work? Open source planet Earth! Open source the projects required. (A tip of the hat to Zeynep Tufekci - thanks for the inspiration.)

Everyone has a part, a role to play in making the world work.

Executive summary

This website has seven sections: Homepage, About, Actions, Working, Resources, Contact & Credits. Here are brief summaries of those sections.


World Working Actions


• Learning and communicating – What would it mean if the world worked? For many, this will be a difficult concept to comprehend, in light of all the world’s current problems. The transition from scarcity to having enough would be an extraordinary change in the lives of the majority of people now living on the planet.

What would happen to people’s jobs? What could happen to people’s identity? These ideas seem a distant future, now. How will it be best to communicate world working ideas for consideration and actions?

• Work toward working - Doing the research, extending Bucky’s work, to determine what needs to be done for the world to work. Determining what expenditures and personnel will be required. How much will it cost to make the world work? How much will it cost to find out how much world working will cost?

• Giving and gifts - Regular, often annual, even weekly or daily charitable and philanthropic giving, as a model for partial financing of making the world work. At the high end, this includes the billionaire’s pledge and, for others, tithing and the like. The gift, as a cultural way of living.

• The Noosphere - Connecting the world and creating the noosphere of Teilhard de Chardin. How do we create the noosphere, the sphere of mind and consciousness? Connecting everyone to everyone. Connect up as many people as possible, all around the world. Smart phones, along with Internet connectivity, are currently the best instruments for this action. How much will this cost? Probably single digit billions, based on contemporary technology.

• UBN - In light of current discussions and experiments with UBI = universal basic income, I want to propose providing UBN = universal basic needs: e.g., air, water, food, sanitation, shelter, clothing, healthcare, communication, transportation, learning, entertainment, expenses and more. Who needs these most, deserve to get these needs met first.

• Military – The world’s military can provide the world’s best existing infrastructure for logistics and distribution. A global military alliance for World Working will be essential.

The Elephants in the Room


Ecological endangerment: storms, hurricanes, typhoons, tornados, flooding, sea level rises, polar ice melts, fires, species devastations, etc.

Nuclear catastrophe: war, accidents, terrorism, mistakes, etc.

Cyber & Bio: accelerating advances in machine intelligence and biotechnology threaten weaponry /warfare/social control, as well as issues like: accidents, terrorism, mistakes, etc.

Inequality; capitalism: monopolies, shareholder value & business models.


Corruption: hidden and sanctioned.

China: a surveillance society that is being exported.

Rethinking the human condition. Being willing to forsake centuries of identity for new ways of being.

What's Working


Examples that demonstrate attributes reflecting the fact that, in these areas, the world can work.

• The Free Store, originated by the Diggers in the late 1960s, was a place where people brought in things and other people took out things. "What goes around comes around." World working in action!

• The World Central Kitchen of Chef José Andrés that has been feeding people millions of meals in crisis areas, e.g., three million served in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, virtually  without government assistance.

• The Food for the Soul refettorios, that use discarded food as an opportunity for feeding the food deprived, was founded by Chef Massimo Bottura, of Osteria Francescana, and his wife, Lara Gilmore, in Italy. Three refettorios are now operating in Italy with others in London, Paris and Rio.

• Water bottles you can eat by Ooho.

• The ways in which the Netherlands deals with existing below sea level without flooding.

• The ways Dig Deep brings water to American Indian reservations.

• The Billion Oyster Project to restore oyster reefs to the waters surrounding New York City.

• The tree plantings accomplished by Plant-for-the-Planet and Felix Finkbeiner, along with the United Nations Billion Tree campaign: 14 billion trees planted so far, in over 130 countries, worldwide.

World Working Resources


Featured here are:

•People, with brief biographical sketches; Books; Articles; Documents, Videos, Websites (URLs), ideas, speculations, thoughts, talks, etc., and other resources.

Contact & Credits


• How to connect and communicate with those of us at www.worldworking.net/.

Credits for:

• WW website creations and operations.

• Website imagery credits.

World Working BACK STORY

How I came to know about and to embrace the concept that the world could work. How I came to put this website together.

I first met the late Richard Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s, through my friend, the late Brendan O’Reagan. Brendan was working for Bucky at that time and urged me to come meet him and hear Bucky give talks. (Brendan went on to work with Edgar Mitchell, the astronaut, at Mitchell’s Institute of Noetic Sciences.)

Ed Rosenfeld BIOGRAPHY

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I was born in New York City on Thursday, the 26th of August 1943.

I founded, edited and wrote the one-issue Ecstasy Review, a poetry and essay publication in 1963.

I founded the Natural Church in 1964, a religious institution that sought to legalize psychedelics as religious sacraments. A great deal of my history with psychedelics and the Church is covered in “A Conversation with Ed Rosenfeld,” conducted by Chris Elcock, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2015, ISSN 1930-1189, © 2015 Michigan State University.

I worked as a writer and researcher in the office of the late Jerome Agel from 1969 to 1971. While there I worked on many projects including Buckminster Fuller’s book, I Seem To Be a Verb (Bantam), with Agel and designed by Quentin Fiore and The Making of Kubrick’s 2001, by Agel (Signet).

My essay, “Planetary People,” appeared in The Last Supplement to the Whole Earth Catalog, co-edited by Paul Krassner and Ken Kesey, pages 8 - 9, in 1971.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, I sat zazen and walked kirin at the New York City based Zen Studies Society, run by head monk Sensei Tai Shimano (later Eido Tai Shimano, a Rinzai Roshi). I studied Zen and Ch'an koans under Japan-based Hakuun Yasutani, a Soto Roshi, who regularly visited the ZSS.

I had three books published in 1973: The Book of Highs: 252 Ways to Alter Consciousness Without Drugs (Quadrangle/New York Times Book Publishing Co.); and, with John Brockman, Real Time 1 & 2: Catalogs of Ideas and Information (Anchor Press/Doubleday).