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Design Science Lab Reports on

The Design Science Lab reports are available on! The Design Science Lab workshops were produced by the Buckminster Fuller Institute and held at the United Nations and United Nations International School.

Design Science is a methodology for changing the world. It involves the application of the principles and latest findings of
science to the creative design and implementation of solutions to the problems of society. It is a way of recognizing, defining, and solving complex problems that is based on innovation and thrives on transparency. It takes a whole systems, global, and anticipatory approach that fosters creative collaboration and synergy in the development of comprehensive solutions to both global and local problems. It was inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller and other planners, scientists, and visionaries.

The Design Science Lab was an intense, sometimes exciting, sometimes overwhelming, series of workshops—where the tools of design science were used by diverse groups to develop creative solutions to global and local problems and strategies for the implementation of those solutions. The Lab used as its general frame of reference the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, a set of ambitious, but attainable milestones that were meant to lead to a healthier, happier, more just, and more sustainable world by 2015.

The reports detail the strategies that college and high school students and professionals, ranging in age from 14 to 42, developed during three Design Science Lab workshops. Reports for the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Design Science Lab workshops are all available in paperback editions. The reports serve as excellent resources for educational workshops.

To purchase, use the following links:
Design Science Lab 2005: Strategies for Reaching the Millennium Development Goals
Design Science Lab 2006: New York, New York (full color)
Design Science Lab 2007 (free)

If you are interested in Design Science education workshops, get in touch by emailing [email protected]