The Buckminster Fuller Institute is charting a course for a world that, in Fuller’s words, works for “100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
BFI is dedicated to the health of our Spaceship Earth. Instead of working on solving individual problems reactively, we see the need to creatively and collaboratively envision our shared future.
We are on a journey to show people the potential we have as a species to be a beneficial force in discovering, knowing, and synergizing with Earth’s regenerative living systems. We accomplish this through education programs, workshops, and a prize program.
Fuller famously stated, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Thus our work directly aligns with this section of the roadmap:
The old model of relying primarily on states, governments and industrial corporations is no longer sufficient. We need a new model where everyone can become a doer, an agent of change. A model that points the way, transcends boundaries and invites all to join the journey.
We are completing the tenth year of our Fuller Challenge, which Metropolis magazine has designated “socially responsible design’s highest award,” a $100,000 prize program supporting the development and implementation of whole systems-designed strategies around the world. These projects are selected by utilized a set of criteria for which the program is now well regarded which distill Fuller's ideas.
In the next year, our work will focus around integrating the knowledge we've gained from the Fuller Challenge, including over 60 key projects that either have received the Prize or were named finalists. Our purpose is to spread our findings around the world with the intent of radically transforming our global education system. We are cultivating a generation of “design scientists” who will create new models that make old models obsolete. Design Science, Fuller’s discipline, applies the principles of science to the deliberate design of our industrial and biological environment in order to meet the needs of all humanity. That’s the message that we are spreading through a variety of media, programs, workshops, and publications.