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

2014 Fuller Challenge Finalists Announced

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2014 Fuller Challenge.

"From Curse to Cure": Water Use in the Lake Tanganyika Basin

2014 Fuller Challenge Finalist the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic has released a policy report titled “From Curse to Cure”, which encompasses their broadened scope of work in policy and advocacy, in addition to the programmatic work highlighted in their Fuller Challenge proposal.

Public Lab Launching Kickstarter Campaign

2013 Fuller Challenge Finalist and outstanding citizen science "enablers" Public Lab are launching a Kickstarter campaign for another stellar resource: their do-it-yourself Homebrew Oil Testing Kit.

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.

Apply to the Challenge

The 2014 Fuller Challenge application window is now closed.

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!