BFI is thrilled to announce the 2015 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalists. Out of more than 400 entrants, these 15 initiatives advanced through a rigorous review process, evaluated for adherence to our unique criteria: visionary, comprehensive, anticipatory, ecologically responsible, feasible, and verifiable.
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 Dakota. A short documentary has just been released chronicling their visionary work bringing this project, a catalyst for economic development, health equity, workforce development, and innovation to fruition. Take a look here to see whole systems design in action!
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. The fellowship is designed as an interdisciplinary collaborative, and provides a unique opportunity to contextualize systems thinking through immersion in the Fuller Challenge cycle through research, writing, and dialog with BFI staff, partners, and senior advisors.
We are thrilled to introduce our 2015 Fellows: Vrinda Manglik and Melissa Kelly.
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 innovation.” Read the full press release here and learn more about their comprehensive design in their winner feature on our website!
The application window may be closed for this Challenge cycle, but the work is just getting going at BFI where members of the review team and selection committee are hard at work evaluating hundreds of whole-systems solutions for inclusion in the Catalyst Program and for the $100,000 Fuller Challenge prize.
A recent FastCo article featured Kate Orff, founder of SCAPE and winner of the 2014 Challenge for Living Breakwaters, as she takes over as director of Columbia University's Urban Design program.
In this year’s Fuller Challenge cycle, entries were submitted from project teams doing work in 136 countries, listed below.
Rajendra Singh, a 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-finalist with the project TBS River Regeneration, recently received the preeminent Stockholm Water Prize. The award presented to Rajendra is often considered the Nobel Prize for water, for methods that are that actually based on an ancient Indian technique.
The director of the award, Torgny Holmgren, said: "In a world where demand for freshwater is booming, we will face a severe water crisis within decades if we do not learn how to better take care of our water. Mr Singh is a beacon of hope."
WAVE (Water Based Aid, Value, Engagement) has shared an executive summary of their forthcoming white paper, "Water-Based Health Care: Have We Missed the Boat?" Find out more about water based communities within this paper by 2014 Fuller Challenge Finalist Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic here.