About the 2014 Catalyst Program

Launched in 2013, our Catalyst Program leverages sponsorship, in-kind resources, and additional cash awards for semi-finalists and finalists in the Fuller Challenge. Nineteen projects benefited from the program last year, and we are looking to expand the opportunities this year.

Challenge webinars coming up

Thinking about participating in the Fuller Challenge? Join us for one of two online information sessions and ask your questions about the application process on March 27th and April 3rd (leading up to the April 11th deadline for proposals!) Email challenge@bfi.org for details.

Criteria and Questions for the Challenge

While putting together your application, it would be helpful to keep in mind the following criteria for the Challenge, as well as the questions for this year’s cycle, as listed here.

Nature as Measure

BFI is co-sponsoring a landmark food movement event at The Cooper Union on April 4th, 2014. Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, and Mark Bittman will discuss scenarios for successful food systems and the future of farming.

Voting for Katerva People's Choice Awards open

Voting is open for the BFI Outreach Partner Katerva’s People's Choice Award. Learn about the finalists and vote here before March 27th.

The Countdown Begins

One month left to enter the Challenge!

Bucky and Cosmopoetics at NYU

BFI Board Chair David McConville and Joachim Krausse, another erudite Bucky scholar, will be speaking at Cosmopoetics: A Symposium on (Post-)Modern Epistemology at NYU's Deutsches Haus on Friday, March 7. It should be an interesting day, so make sure you put it on your calendar!

Whole Earth Summit

BFI Board Chair David McConville, Buckminster Fuller Challenge winners Jason McLennan and Allan Savory, 2 finalists, and 4 jurors are all set to speak as part of the Whole Earth Summit, a free online conference happening March 11-14.

RBF at the Storefront for Art + Architecture

BFI will be attending the release of a new book about Fuller, R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC on Tuesday, Feb 25 at 7pm. See you there!

Save the dates: April 4 & 17

BFI is planning an exciting series of symposia with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design—Paul Hawken, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Mark Bittman and Janine Benyus are all on their way to the Great Hall! More details to follow!