What We Do

Building on the profoundly relevant legacy of 20th century inventor, architect and global systems visionary, R. Buckminster Fuller, the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is dedicated to catalyzing transformative solutions to complex global problems through design thinking education.

Our programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design by facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, drawing attention to and supporting the best examples of whole-system thinking, and offering resources and educational platforms that inspire the next generation of design + science practitioners.

Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is BFI's flagship program, offering an annual $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

Open BFI

BFI is committed to opening access to the materials that inform our work. Since its inception in 1983, BFI has worked to activate various communities to engage with Fuller source materials, leverage interest to broadening the understanding of design science principles, offer guided discussions and share original writings by, about or related to Buckminster Fuller.

Mobile Learning

At the center of BFI’s educational mission are the artifacts and concepts that embody Fuller’s life work. BFI develops and deploys mobile learning environments in the forms of exhibitions, lectures, seminars, workshops and rigorous hands-on training.