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The “Bucky” Challenge

Buckminster Fuller was well known in alternative circles in past decades.  As I remember, he had some very innovative ideas (ever see a geodesic dome?).  Well, I just came across “The Buckminster Fuller Challenge” and I thought the site was worth passing on for your delectation.

Here are a few excerpts from the site to, hopefully, get you interested:

” ‘Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award’

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual international design Challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. It attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world’s complex problems…

Inspired by Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller’s prolific life of exploration, discovery, invention and teaching was driven by his intention “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone.”

Fuller coupled this intention with a pioneering approach aimed at solving complex problems. This approach, which he called “comprehensive anticipatory design science”, combined an emphasis on individual initiative and integrity with whole systems thinking, scientific rigor and faithful reliance on nature’s underlying principles. The designs he is best known for (the geodesic dome, the Dymaxion house, car, and map, and the global electric grid) were part of a visionary strategy to redesign the inter-related systems of shelter, transportation and energy.

After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing all humanity – he issued an urgent call for a design science revolution to make the world work for all.

Answering this call is what the Buckminster Fuller Challenge is all about. …”

There are also a number of informative and interesting videos on the site.

IGbarb says:  “I guess Bucky would agree that the world needs peace to ‘work’ “

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February 2, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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