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Call for entries: Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge is now open for entries. The annual competition invites creative minds from around the world to pitch ideas for socially responsible projects. A prize fund of $100,000 will be awarded to the winning concept and sponsorship, in-kind resources and additional cash awards are available for semi-finalists and finalists to support the implementation of successful schemes.

Buckminster Fuller called for a design revolution ‘to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone’. The Challenge seeks projects that fall in line with this ethos.

Entries must meet the following criteria:

Visionary - put forth an original idea or synthesise existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need
Comprehensive - apply a ‘whole-systems’ approach to the design and implementation process; aim to address multiple goals, requirements and conditions in a holistic way
Anticipatory - factor in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of implementation in the short and long term
Ecologically Responsible - reflect nature’s underlying principles while enhancing the ability for natural systems to regenerate
Feasible - rely on current technology, existing resources and a solid team capable of implementing the project
Verifiable - able to withstand rigorous testing and make authentic claims
Replicable - able to be adapted to similar conditions elsewhere

The deadline for submissions is 11 April 2014; To receive updates on the 2014 Fuller Challenge, please contact challenge@bfi.org

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