Buckminster Fuller proposed a World Design Science Decade 1965-1975 for adoption by the International Union of Architects Congress, Paris 1963, specifying WHAT to do with it:
An old American Indian Proverb reminds us of the WHY
Deborah Jacobs, Seattle City Librarian, puts the HOW into concise – and precise – terms:
“... to render the total chemical and energy resources of the world, which are now exclusively preoccupied in serving only 44% of humanity, adequate to the service of 100% of humanity, at higher standards of living and total enjoyment than any man has yet experienced.”
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
Libraries are not just depositories of books, but cornerstones of democracy. True democracy — based upon the informed consent of the governed — cannot exist without full free and public access to knowledge.