Challenge



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Launched in 2007, the Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice: the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges. The rigorous selection process has set a unique standard, gaining renown as "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award."

The Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world's complex problems.

"We are coming to an era the likes of which we've never seen before, we're in the whitewaters of human history. We don't know what lies ahead. Bucky Fuller's ideas on design are at the core of any set of solutions that will take us to calmer waters.”

– David Orr


The 2017 Fuller Challenge application window closed on Friday, March 31st, 2017. Over 460 entries were received, representing work in 102 countries.

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Review the 2017 Call for Proposals.

Welcoming our 2017 Program Fellow

Through our prestigious Fellowship Program, BFI welcomes outstanding early-career practitioners to join the Fuller Challenge Review Committee for four months of the rigorous application review proc

Enter the 2017 Fuller Challenge

There are just a few weeks left to enter the 2017 Fuller Challenge! The final deadline is Friday, March 31st at 5pm ET.

WHAT IS THE FULLER CHALLENGE?

About the Challenge



Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, entrepreneurs, planners, designers, architects, activists, artists, and students from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.

Media

See here for a catalog of Challenge-related Announcements, Press Releases and news coverage.

Winners

Fuller Challenge winners apply a rare combination of pragmatic, visionary, comprehensive and anticipatory thinking and tackle issues as broad as urban mobility, coastal restoration and innovation in biomaterials packaging.

Idea Index

For more information about the winners, finalists, and other entrants to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, from 2008 to 2013, please visit Idea Index 1.0. Version 2.0 is on the way!