- Robert W. Fuller
Robert W. Fuller (1936 - )earned his
Ph.D.in physicsat Princeton Universityin 1961, and taught [Dignitarian Foundation, Conversation with Robert W. Fuller, 2004-2006, http://www.dignitarians.org/conversationRobertFu.html] at Columbia Universitywhere he co-authored the book "Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics". The mounting social unrest of the 1960s drew his attention to educational reform, and in 1970 he was appointed president of his alma mater Oberlin Collegeat the age of 33, one of youngest college Presidents in US history. During his time at Oberlin, Fuller re-shaped the student body by tripling the enrollment of minorities at the college. Fuller also recruited and hired the first four African-American athletic coaches in a predominantly white American college or university, including Tommie Smith, the Gold Medalist sprinter from the 1968 Summer Olympicsin Mexico City. Fuller was interviewed on campus by Howard Coselland appeared on primetime television to talk about these changes.
In 1971 Fuller traveled to
India(as a consultant to Indira Gandhi) and there witnessed firsthand the famine resulting from the war with Pakistanover what became Bangladesh. With the election of U.s. President Jimmy Carter, Fuller began a campaign to persuade the new president to end world hunger. In 1977, Fuller co-founded The Hunger Project, along with Werner Erhardand John Denver. His June 1977 meeting with President Carter in the Oval Officehelped lead to the establishment of the [http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.org/library/fed_records.phtml Presidential Commission on World Hunger] .
Meets Werner Erhard
During this period, Fuller met
Werner Erhard, founder of est/ Erhard Seminars Training. In January 1975, he co-authored " A look at est in education" with Zara Wallace, published by est, an educational corporation. Joan Holmes, current president of The Hunger Project, served as consulting educational psychologist for the preparation of the book.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Fuller traveled frequently to the
Soviet Union, working as a citizen-scientist to improve the Cold Warrelationship. This work led to the creation of the non-profit global corporation [http://www.internews.org/ Internews] , which promotes democracy via free and independent media, and for many years Fuller served as its chairman.
Fuller traveled the world to promote peace, stopping in
Afghanistan, Somalia, Israel, Northern Ireland, Russia, and other world hot spots to meet with problem solvers and decisionmakers in order to develop solutions. Fuller and colleagues helped to found a new form of diplomacy called "citizen diplomacy", which enabled them to circumvent oft-ossified bureaucracies not flexible enough to enable positive change. Fuller worked with Kim Spencerand David Hoffman(founders of Internews), Evelyn Messinger, Alia Johnson, and John Steiner. Kim Spencer went on to found [http://www.linktv.org Link TV] , the US based television channel available on Dish Network9410 and DirecTV375, dedicated to documentaries, world news, current affairs, and the "World Music" genre - a channel on which Fuller frequently appears.
Work on rankism
With the collapse of the USSR, Fuller’s work as a
citizen diplomatcame to a close and he began reflecting on his career and came to understand that he had, at various times, been a somebody and a nobody and the cycle was continuing. His periodic sojourns in “Nobodyland” led him to identify and investigate rankism – defined as abuse of the power inherent in rank – and ultimately to write [http://www.breakingranks.net/weblog/somebodies-and-nobodies Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank] (New Society Publishers, 2003). This book inspired a group in Virginia to set up the [http://www.dignitarians.org/ Dignitarian Foundation] . He has now published a sequel that focuses on building a dignitarian society titled [http://www.breakingranks.net/weblog/all-rise All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity] (Berrett-Koehler, 2006)
Fuller lives in
Berkeley, Californiawith his wife. Fuller has four children - two living on the West Coast and two living on the East Coast. His daughter, Karen Fuller, works to decrease rankism in the healthcare industry. His oldest son, Ben Fuller, works for Link TVand has been involved in Dignitarian Movementsince its early days. Fuller also has three grandchildren.
A look at est in education: Analysis, review and selected case studies of the impact of the est experience on educators and students in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education", by Robert W. Fuller and Zara Wallace, published January 1 1975, by est, an educational corporation. Joan Holmes, current president of The Hunger Project, served as consulting educational psychologist for the preparation of the book.
* "Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics", co-author with Frederick Byron, Jr.
* "Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank", author [Robert W. Fuller, website, "Breaking Ranks", http://www.breakingranks.net/weblog/somebodies-and-nobodies] ,
April 2 2003, New Society Publishers
* "All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity", author [Robert W. Fuller, website, "Breaking Ranks", http://www.breakingranks.net/weblog/all-rise] , sequel to "Somebodies and Nobodies"
* "Effect of a Composition Dependent Surface Tension upon the Masses and Stability of Heavy Nuclei", With R. Brandt, F. G. Werner, M. Wakano and J. A. Wheeler. Proc. of International Conference on Nuclidic Masses, Hamilton, (1960).
* "Dependence on Neutron Production in Fission on Rate of Change of Nuclear Potential" (Thesis with John A. Wheeler), Physical Review 126, 684 (1962).
* "Causality and Multiply Connected Space-Time", with John A. Wheeler, Physical Review 128, 919 (1962).
* "S-Matrix Solution for the Forced Harmonic Oscillator", with S. M. Harris and E. L. Slaggie. American Journal of Physics 31, 431 (1963).
* "On the Origin of Order in Behavior", General Systems, Vol. XI, pp. 99–112 (1966) MHRI, Univ. of Michigan (co-authored with Peter Putnam)
* "Causal and Moral Law—Their Relationship as Examined in Terms of a Model of the Brain", Center for Advanced Studies, Wesleyan University, Monday Evening Papers: # 13 (1967) (On Peter Putnam’s work.)
* "On Educating Model-Builders, Publication of the 18th Symposium of the Conference on Science", Philosophy, and Religion, Jewish Theological Seminary, (1968)
* "Project Rebound: A Science Course of Near-Drop-outs", Science Education News (AAAS) Nov. 1969.
* "Polar Bears, Walrus Hides, and Social Solidarity", The Alaska Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2; Spring, 1973 (with Sergei Bogojavlensky).
* "Inflation: The Rising Cost of Living on a Small Planet", Worldwatch Paper, No. 34, Fall 1979.
* "Inflation on a Small Planet", Economic Impact, 1980, No. 3.
* "Inflation as a World Problem", Cry California, 1980, Summer
* "Our Enemies, Our Selves", CoEvolution Quarterly, Spring 1980.
* "A Better Game Than War", Evolutionary Blues, 1983. The Utne Reader Vol. 1, No. 1, Feb. 1984; Reprinted in The Peace Catalog, Press for Peace, Seattle, WA.; and in Citizen Summitry: Keeping the Peace when it Matters Too Much to be Left to Politicians, J. Tarcher, L.A., and St. Martin's, N.Y.C., 1986.
* "Motzu in Kenya and Poland", CoEvolution Quarterly, Spring 1983.
* "Motzuing: Notes on Discussions Regarding Nuclear Winter and Space Bridges with Chinese and Soviet Scientists", Whole Earth Review, May, 1985.
* "We Are All Afrikaners", Annals of Earth, Vol. IV, #2, 1986. Reprinted in In Context, No. 14, Autumn 1986.
* "AmerRuss", Whole Earth Review, Winter 1986; updated, as One World Scenario, Whole Earth Review, Fall 1990.
* "Proposal for a World Peace Corps", included in the anthology Securing our Planet: How to Succeed When Threats Are Too Risky and There's Really No Defense, J. Tarcher, L.A., and St. Martin's, N.Y.C., 1986.
* "The Asian Vortex", (with Robert Cabot), Harvard Magazine, November 1987. Reprinted in Resurgence, March-April 1988, Issue 127.
* "Chasing Our Shadow", New Age Journal, Jan. 1988; Interview by David Hoffman.
* "From Physics to Peace", included in the anthology At the Leading Edge, edited by Michael Toms, Larson Publications, Burdett, N.Y., 1991.
* "Empire’s End", Russia’s Rebirth, (with Robert Cabot), Harvard Magazine, May-June, 1991, Volume 93, No. 5. (Also published in Annals of Earth, May, 1991.) Also, Should We Help Russia?, Harvard Magazine, (October, 1991).
* A description of citizen diplomacy, which includes a description of the “Motzu” project, may be found in the book Multi-Track Diplomacy: A Systems Guide and Analysis, by Louise Diamond and John McDonald, Iowa Peace Institute (1991).
* "The Future of Equality", The Deeper News, A Global Business Network Publication, Volume 4, Number 1, February 1993.
* "Section in All of Us: Americans Talk About the Meaning of Death", Edited by Patricia Anderson, Delacorte Press, N. Y., N. Y. (1996), pp. 323–327.
* [http://www.breakingranks.net/weblog/biography/ Official biography]
* [http://www.dignitarians.org/conversationRobertFu.html Conversation with Robert W. Fuller]
* [http://www.breakingranks.net Breaking Ranks]
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