Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962


In 1962, Buckminster Fuller delivered a prophetic lecture at SIU on the future of education aimed at “solving problems by design competence instead of by political reform.”

It turned out to be a prescient vision for online education decades before the web as we know it, and half a century before the golden age of MOOCs, with elements of TED and Pandora mixed in.


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