Amanda Joy Ravenhill: Hope for Spaceship Earth


Life is a Festival 005:

Amanda Joy Ravenhill (The Buckminster Fuller Institute)

Is it possible to design a world that works for 100% of humanity without succumbing to the dismal anxiety of impending climate collapse? Amanda Joy Ravenhill thinks so, and in part, it’s about the stories we tell.

Amanda is the Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute based on the work of the famous futurist, ecologist and creator the geodesic dome. She is also co-founder of Project Drawdown and an avid systems thinker, futurist, burner, humanitarian and environmentalist. After experiencing “1 in a 1000 year weather events” in Bolivia, Amanda Joy recognized the multiplier effect of climate change and dedicated her life to the joyful pursuit of planetary design solutions.

On the podcast we talk about Buckminster Fuller’s life and ideas, Amanda shares her S.P.I.N.E. acronym for climate action; she explains why Burning Man is a “trim tab” for global culture; and describes how the festival community can help the awkward transition from a culture of unintended consequences to one of cascading benefits.

Life is a festival and it’s time to plan for the future we want, not the one that we’re afraid of.

Special thanks to my rad producer Ari Andersen (Host of the Millennials Don’t Suck Podcast)

My multi-disciplinary design partner Andy McErlean

And the most delightful dj atish for the truly festive theme song: “Peculiar Colors” [Manjumasi]