North America

(C)Urban Ecology
2009 Semi-Finalist

(C)urban Ecology is a simple, rugged, modular, micro-remediation system that can be surgically inserted into our streets and can operate with minimal maintenance. It is conceived as a network of channels and voids, and employs Buckminster Fuller’s central notion of “doing more with less".

100,000 Homes Campaign
2013 Semi-Finalist

100,000 Homes Campaign, an ambitious campaign to spark a ""national movement to house America's most vulnerable homeless people"" by reframing the issue as a health crisis and transcending entrenched mindsets to figure out how to effectively collaborate and how best to allocate existing financial resources.

596 Acres Living Lots
2015 Semi-Finalist

Living Lots, an adaptable, open source land-access platform and dynamic community empowerment initiative, works to identify unused urban spaces and catalyzes efforts to reclaim them as focal points for civic engagement. Living Lots allows formerly disenfranchised residents to both collaboratively engage with and directly challenge top-down city planning.

Academy for Systems Change
2017 Catalyst Program

The online, open-source Systems Change Fieldbook will make tools and practices accessible for those leading deep, systemic change and developing this field of knowledge. This multimedia resource will build capacity for an expanding network of leaders to practice awareness-based systemic change for the wellbeing of communities, economies, and ecosystems.


Aclima implements a bottom-up approach to monitoring and managing air pollution and GHG emissions. Our distributed system relies upon and empowers individuals to measure air, as opposed to the current institutional approach. Leveraging affordable sensors, cloud-computing, crowdsourcing, and social networks, our system enables transformation at personal, community and global scales.

Advanced Manufacturing Initiative
2016 Catalyst Program

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago seeks to advance the marketplace in a way that benefits all Chicagoans, recognizing that innovative public-private-social change partnerships can drive economic growth in neighborhoods and the entire marketplace. The YWCA will identify advanced manufacturing opportunities that can be established within local communities to leverage existing community assets.

Agrarian Trust
2015 Semi-Finalist

Agrarian Trust’s goal is to nurture the birth of a paradigm shifting, cooperatively owned farmland commons.

Algal Turf Scrubbing
2014 Semi-Finalist

Algal Turf Scrubbing generates a fast growing, easily harvested, filamentous polyculture of hundreds of natural, locally adapted algae species over a new, highly efficient 3D screen surface beneath a shallow flow of water to oxygenate and purify water, produce biomass for biofuel and organic fertilizer, mitigate pollution from agricultural run-off, improve freshwater and coastal habitats, and sequester carbon and reduce fossil fuel dependency.

2008 Semi-Finalist

Our vision, called Appropedia, is built upon the remarkable success of wiki-based infrastructures. Appropedia is expanding this concept to include collaborative research, development and problem-solving by incorporating real-world experiences.

2016 Catalyst Program

AquaFresco is reinventing the $50B cleaning market, including laundry, carwash and industrial cleaning. We developed a novel water recycle system, cutting 95% of water and detergent use. With this technology, our customers can use just one batch of soapy water to do cleaning such as laundry for 6 months.

Architecture Beyond CAD

The fundamental idea is that anything very complex comes to be, or is engineered, in the way this happens in the physical world, where each new development is a causal derivation from some previous state. Causal derivations from simple initial states to complex final states are the logically possible way to secure consistent and manageable complex wholes.

Arctic Food Network
2012 Catalyst Program

Arctic Food Network is a series of strategically distributed shelters in Baffin Island, Nunavut (Canada). The network addresses food security, biological and wildlife species management, and provides a safe navigation system across the region. AFN is developed in partnership with the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth in Nunavut.

2014 Semi-Finalist

AskNature is an immense, web-based interactive database and learning tool which seeks to catalog and present solutions to the most pressing human challenges by enabling its audiences to draw from time-tested strategies evolved by nature. AskNature aspires to make bio-inspired design widely accessible for educational and industrial applications.

Atlantica Expeditions
2008 Semi-Finalist

Using Fuller’s Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science (CADS) approach, our solution is to launch the first permanently manned scientific undersea colony in the oceans in a two phase plan.

Bamboo Lab Haiti
2016 Catalyst Program

The Bamboo Project aims to integrate domestically grown lightweight materials into the Haitian construction industry by demonstrating the structural, aesthetic and ecologically resilient nature of bamboo. This creates a model which can be deployed in areas suffering from deforestation and threatened seismically and climatically worldwide.

2009 Semi-Finalist

BerkShares are an experiment in relocalization and economic democracy: a currency that engages citizens in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in supporting and developing local businesses to meet local needs, thereby decreasing reliance on fossil fuel and imports from afar. BerkShares also inspire communities worldwide to create similar local solutions.

Beyond the Petroleum Era
2009 Semi-Finalist

The Galveston project explores conversion of oil rigs to repair coastal regions in two phases. Proto-One establishes community support with a sophisticated housing system utilizing hurricane waste. Proto-Two, a parallel protoCooperative initiative, uses a mineral extraction process to transform the oil and water-purification industries through the use of waste brine as a mineral source for a wide variety of uses.

Bio-Inspired Morphing Systems (BIMS)
2008 Semi-Finalist

This approach generates structures that can be morphed in arbitrary fashion while maintaining structural strength at all times, whether used for a ship’s hull, an aircraft wing, a car’s aerodynamic shape, a bed, a chair, or energy harvesting systems using wind, water, or the sun.

2015 Semi-Finalist

bioMASON reduces global greenhouse gas emissions, by providing a better, cleaner, and cost effective bio-cement for use in masonry building materials. bioMASON is currently headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; a central hub for biotechnology research.

2008 Semi-Finalist

BioMosaics interactive planning is a mid level (i.e., building to human settlement) scale tool whereby participants plan land uses with the goal of balancing natural resource supply and sink functions (i.e., natural capital throughput) with basic human life support needs.