Most people believe that the way to change things is by doing difficult things that require a great deal of effort, but Bucky Fuller knew better. In fact, he was so certain that the Generalized Principle of Trimtab was very important that he would often say,
And that simple inscription is what he wanted - and got - on his austere tombstone.
To utilize this principle, one first needs to know about it. When you understand how this simple, yet universal, truth works, you can begin to use it to make a difference and change anything.
A trimtab is a miniature rudder on the rear of most boat rudders and airplane wings. That small trimtab can be moved with very little effort. On an enormous sailing ship, one person turning the steering wheel can easily shift the trimtab, and that changes the pressure of the water rushing past the rudder. That pressure change causes the rudder to move, and the rudder moving causes the ship to turn.
So, with a minimum of effort, one person can change the course of a gigantic ship or anything else. This is the Generalized Principle Trimtab, and it provides each of us with the power to do almost anything without asking permission or requiring the help of others.
Certainly, most initiatives require the cooperation of many people, but they invariably begin with one person taking some type of Trimtab action. It could be making a speech (talking to many people rather than just a single individual at a time is a trimtab activity), writing a book or inviting your neighbors to a meeting. The key element in any Trimtab action is that it multiplies the result of the action. The Buddhists call this using skillful means, and some would label it leverage.
Regardless of the label, Trimtab is a critical element of the successful activities that make the most difference. Going viral is a term now used to describe a Trimtab result. You need only publish once on the Internet, but if your post goes viral, it can make an enormous impact.
Once a person recognizes the importance of Trimtab as Bucky Fuller did, the question then becomes what you will do with this powerful principle. Certainly, it can be made to make money, but Bucky often reminded his audiences that,
In other words, our intention at the onset of a project is extremely important if we want to succeed. If your primary intention is to make as much money as possible (as is the case, by law, with most corporations) the Trimtab Principle may work to some extent, but the project will eventually be unsuccessful because it will not be sustainable, and sustainability is key in everything that we as humans who are part of Nature do.
Because we humans and everything we do are part of Nature, we must mirror Nature if we are to be successful. In creating, Nature always uses the Trimtab Principle. She does not use too few or too many resources. She uses exactly what is needed in a sustainable manner, and that is what we must always do in order to succeed as a species and as individuals.
May all people soon come to utilize the Trimtab Principle to support all life.