|About Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC)
The Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization dedicated to bringing together a diverse group of people
with an interest in Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics in face-to-face
workshops, symposia, seminars, pow-wows, and other meetings to educate
and support research and understanding of the many facets of Synergetics,
its methods and principles.
Our public meetings are open to anybody who wants to learn more about
Please join the primary SNEC mailing
list to receive announcements of all Synergetics Collaborative
meetings and other news relating to Synergetics and Buckminster Fuller.
In March 2007, we received a letter from the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) apprising us that our application for 501(c)(3)
exemption status has been approved! Some of
the organizations documents that we are required to make available
for public inspection are available through this link.. See IRS Publication 557 for
details about the government rules for tax-exempt organizations.
To make a tax deductible contribution to the Synergetics Collaborative
please mail a check to
240 Copley Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082-4016
Synergetics is the system of comprehensive thinking which R. Buckminster
Fuller introduced and began to formulate. Synergetics is multi-faceted:
it involves geometric modeling, exploring inter-relationships in the
facts of experience and the process of thinking. Synergetics endeavors
to identify and understand the methods that Nature actually employs in
coordinating Universe (both physically and metaphysically). Synergetics
provides a comprehensive method and a philosophy for problem-solving
and design and therefore has applications in all areas of human endeavor.
101.01 Synergy means behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of
their parts taken separately.
102.00 Synergy means behavior of integral, aggregate, whole systems
unpredicted by behaviors of any of their components or subassemblies of their
components taken separately from the whole.
Synergetic geometry embraces all the qualities of experience, all aspects
-- R. Buckminster Fuller, Synergetics
Synergetics, in the broadest terms, is the study of spatial complexity, and as
such is an inherently comprehensive discipline. ... Experience
with synergetics encourages a new way of approaching and solving problems.
Its emphasis on visual and spatial phenomena combined with Fuller's wholistic
approach fosters the kind of lateral thinking which so often leads to creative
-- Amy Edmondson, A Fuller Explanation, 1987
More information about Synergetics can
be found in Buckminster Fuller's magnum opus Synergetics:
Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking, CJ Fearnley's essay Reading
Synergetics: Some Tips can help readers
wade through Fuller's voluminous text, the BFI's
Synergetics resource, the Synergetics
section of the R. Buckminster Fuller FAQ, the book A Fuller
Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller
by Amy Edmondson --- Full Text On-Line, and Kirby Urner's Synergetics on the Web.
The Synergetics Collaborative maintains a private,
moderated mailing list, SNEC, to coordinate and announce meetings.
An archive of all posts to the list is publically available at http://www.SynergeticsCollaborative.org/pipermail/snec/.
For public, Internet discussions on Buckminster Fuller's work, the
following options are available:
|Synergetics Collaborative History|
The Genesis of Synergetics Collaborative, as for many phenomena in
Universe, was the confluence of many factors. One thread was Russell
Chu's move to Falls Church, VA. Another has been Joe Clinton's retirement
and more visible return to Synergetics issues. Another has been the
geometrical studies of CJ Fearnley and Jeannie Moberly. Another was the
meeting of Fearnley, Moberly, Clinton, Marvin Solit, and David Lovler
at the 2002 Bridges:
Mathematical Connections In Art, Music, And Science Conference ["Conference
Report: Bridges 2002", Nexus Network Journal, vol. 5 no. 1 (Spring 2003),
http://www.nexusjournal.com/conf_reps_v5n1-Bier.html]. Kirby Urner
provided a critical link by suggesting to CJ Fearnley that he contact
Russell Chu which led directly to the
meeting on August 24th, 2002, in Upper Darby, PA.
The second (private) meeting
was held on the 5th and 6th of October 2002 in Falls Church, VA.
Originally we intended the meeting to be the group that met in Upper
Darby plus Ed Applewhite. But 12 people were physically present coming
from as far away as Japan, California, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania,
and Massachusetts, plus John Graham joined via the Internet (call it
"12 around one" or a Vector Equilibrium as a Synergeticist might say).
We realized that we had found an unfulfilled need in Universe and
immediately set about to organize the
first public meeting which was held during the weekend of January 25 and
26, 2003 in Tivoli, NY. Since then Synergetics Collaborative has
been holding yearly workshops in Oswego, NY and a major Symposium every
year or two. Recently we organized as an unincorporated association
and held our first meeting of the Board of Directors.
Third Biennial Design Science Symposium on Nature, Geometry,
and the Symmetry of Space: Tetrahedron Discovers Itself and Universe
at RISD: 11-13 November 2011.
Special Event: Geometry Activity with George Hart of the Museum of
Mathematics and the Foundations for New Directions; Exhibit; R. Buckminster
Fuller One-Man Play; and a Seminar/Discussion "Building on Dr. Marvin
Solit's Work" in Cambridge, MA on 22-23 January 2011.
Special Event Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics at
American University and Arena Stage in Washington, DC, on 11-13 June 2010.
Symposium on Design Science: Nature's Problem Solving Method on
14-15 November 2009 at RISD in Providence, RI.
Seventh Annual Summer Workshop on "A Synergetics Sampler" to Celebrate
Buckminster Fuller's 114th Birthday on 11-12 July
2009 in Oswego, NY
Workshop on Geodesic Structures: Build a Dome for Bucky's
Birthday on 11-14 July 2008 in Oswego, NY.
AMS Special Session on Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics and
Mathematics on 15-16 March 2008, New York, NY
Workshop on Quantum Building on 23-24 June 2007 in Oswego,
Symposium on Synergetics and Morphology on 3-4 November
2007 in Providence, RI.
Seminar on Field Structure Theory on 28 January 2006 in
Mt. Airy, MD.
Seminar on Synergetics 3 on 4 November 2006 in
Symposium on Synergetics in the Arts on 19-20
November 2005 in New York, NY.
Marvin Solit's Heirarchy of Polyvertexia
(UPDATED 8Nov2004; PDF).
Suzuki Hoerdt's paper Atommetrics: Another View of Atomic Structure
based on Electron Orbital Geometry (MS Word).
The Documentarian's Documentarian - A Tribute to E.J.Applewhite (Text) (MS Word).
Yasushi Kajikawa's paper Growing
Reading Synergetics: Some Tips.
|Related Conferences and
The Tesla Science
Foundation organizes annual Tesla Celebration in Philadelphia,
Marvin Solit was a force in the forming and
building the Synergetics Collaborative.
We posted an note remembering him on our mailing list: In
Memorium: Marvin Solit: Synergeticist, Philomorph, Healer.
More information about Marvin's work can be found on the web site of
the Foundation for New Directions.