Andrew Charles Yanoviak & Peter Meisen - Air date: 07-08-08





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Published on Jul 2, 2008

Andrew Charles Yanoviak & Peter Meisen

Andrew Charles Yanoviak, AIA, is an environmental and codes specialist in Honolulu and a long-time advocate of the AIA. Yanoviak served on the national AIA Steering Committee for Building Performance and Regulations and has testified at ICC, UBC, BOCA, SBCCI, and CABO hearings. He is the president of Environmental Systems Planning & Design Consultants......On the Buckminster Fuller Challenge: I'm all for it. I just hope I have time to work on it. I have had several ideas already that I've passed over and it's amazing the research materials I have in my files on the World Game and also trim tab, and I've had quite a bit of correspondence with Bucky. I do plan [on submitting for the challenge]. I have until the end of October. I hope I can do it because time is marching on rapidly and I'm involved in so many other things. It needs to be done. It's a great concept.
Friendship with Bucky: Every time Bucky was coming out here, his secretary Miss [Shirley] Sharkey would get in touch with me and let me know, and I would have a few minutes with Bucky at the Honolulu Airport or wherever was possible, so that's the way it worked. Bucky was a great architect, although many architects don't recognize him as such. He was a beautiful thinker, always working.
He wore three watches back in those days: one for where he was, one for where he was going, and one for where he came from. At the Honolulu Airport one time he told me, "Andrew, I'm going to take a little nap." The first time it happened I was really shook up. He said, "It's going to last around five minutes. You'll think I'm dead. Do not disturb me. I need to rest." And then he tells me: "When I wake up, I don't want to hear anything about anything we've been talking about. I only want to know three things: where I am, what time my next flight is, and what gate I go to. I don't want to hear anything else from you. I'll judge if I have enough time to talk to you." But he was a great person.


Peter Meisen is a graduate (1976) of the University of California at San Diego with an Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences Degree. In 1986 he founded GENI, a non-profit research educational institute to explore global solutions for peace and sustainable development. His focus is on the premier strategy of linking electrical networks between countries and continents, with an emphasis on tapping renewable energy resources. In 1983, Meisen co-founded SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange), a large private, self-help food distribution program in the United States. Internationally, there are rural development programs in Mexico and Guatemala, using the strategies of micro-credit lending, community organizing and family health and nutrition.
"I support with enthusiasm your initiative. While directing the Foreign Affairs of Egypt, between 1977-1991, I have advocated the integration of the electricity grids of all the African countries of the Nile River using the Nile as the infrastructure of this project. I believe, as you do, that electricity must be at the service of peace and international co-operation."
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former Secretary General, United Nations
"The most thoughtful and scientific solution to the world's problems I've ever seen."
Ron Williams, Senior Research Director, General Motors
"The program for a World Energy Grid deserves the attention and full support of individuals and groups throughout the globe concerned with creating a culture of peace based on genuine sustainable development. It's a practical vision and significant contribution to the movement for a just world order."
Dr. Saul Mendlovitz, Dag Hammarskjold Professor of Peace at Rutgers University
"The GENI initiative fits right into the more and more interdependent world. Globalization is about a more and more borderless world and the need to respond globally to the needs of mankind. To preserve our common base, the Earth, we need to join forces to generate electricity as environmentally friendly as possible. This is crucial and therefore GENI deserves support."
Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of The Netherlands


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