Challenge

Launched in 2007, the Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges. The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award."

The Fuller Challenge 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.

"We are coming to an era the likes of which we've never seen before, we're in the whitewaters of human history. We don't know what lies ahead. Bucky Fuller's ideas on design are at the core of any set of solutions that will take us to calmer waters.”

– David Orr

Dispatches from the Field - Thunder Valley Ground Breaking

2014 Fuller Challenge Special Award Recipient Thunder Valley will be celebrating the ground breaking for their Regenerative Community Development on June 22 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South D

Welcoming Our 2015 Program Fellows

Through our prestigious Fellowship Program, BFI welcomes a small number of outstanding students and early-career practitioners to our team for four months each summer.

Governor Cuomo Announces Living Breakwaters Project Launch

2014 Fuller Challenge Winner Living Breakwaters project launch has just been announced by Governor Cuomo, who said that the project “will make Staten Island the model for resiliency and

About the Challenge

Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.

APPLICATION CYCLE

The 2015 Fuller Challenge application window is now closed. Sign up for BFI's newsletter, Trimtab, for updates—and save the date for the conferring ceremony on November 12th in New York City!

Media

See here for a catalog of our 2014 Challenge-related Announcements, Press Releases and news coverage.

Winners

Fuller Challenge winners apply a rare combination of pragmatic, visionary, comprehensive and anticipatory thinking and tackle issues as broad as urban mobility, coastal restoration and innovation in biomaterials packaging.

Idea Index

For more information about the winners, finalists, and other entrants to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, from 2008 to 2013, please visit Idea Index 1.0. Version 2.0 is on the way!