Education Postings

"Are We Human?" Exhibition at the Istanbul Design Biennial

"Open for only a month, from October 22nd through November 20th, the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial was a quick look at an extremely expanded understanding of design. Far from a trade show of the latest in design objects or material innovations, Are We Human?

Creating Social Trimtabs To Steer Systemic Change

Civic synergy is the collective power of people in organized networks to transform the systems that affect their lives. Greg Watson of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics expounds upon Fuller's trimtab principle, whole systems, and the concept of a design science revolution in this new online resource, Civic Synergy. Click to access the site, read the blog, and join the Civic Synergy network.

An Autobiographical Monologue Scenario

Robert Snyder captures in the camera's lens the flesh and blood figure of the man beyond the myth, "warts and all." In this book, Bucky speaks for himself. Pick up a copy of this fascinating, out-of-print text from our online store to directly support our non-profit institute. Click here to purchase or to browse other Fuller texts on our online store.

Last Twelve Hours for Limited Edition T-shirt

Today is the final day to purchase a limited edition Architects of the Future t-shirt from BFI in time for holiday gifts. The t-shirt includes the Fuller quote: "We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims." Your purchase will directly support BFI, as all proceeds go to current and future programming. More information can be found here.

BFI Welcomes New Executive Director

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is pleased to announce that Amanda Joy Ravenhill has been named Executive Director. With deep nonprofit leadership experience and a passion for a just world that works for 100% of humanity, Ravenhill is uniquely positioned to assist the BFI in continuing to evolve Fuller-inspired concepts and strategies for the 21st century.

OUR LAND 2 Symposium

Agrarian Trust was selected for the 2016 Fuller Challenge Catalyst Program. From November 9-17th, they will convene a national land symposium in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The symposium will focus on structural land access, conservation, and transition issues with a focus on the lessons of the Southwest’s unique Acequia system and drylands agriculture. Find more information here.

Volunteer with BFI!

BFI is seeking volunteers to help with the conferring ceremony on November 16th, as well as longer-term volunteers to help with tasks at the institute during the months of November and December. Click for more information on BFI's volunteer needs.

Buckminster Fuller Bibliography by Trevor Blake

Trevor Blake's Buckminster Fuller Bibliography is now available on

AIA Illinois R. Buckminster Fuller Honor Award for Social Good

In recognition of a more than 40-year career marked by a commitment to advance the energy efficiency and sustainability threshold for projects around the Northern Illinois area, Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, will be the 2016 recipient of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois’ R. Buckminster Fuller Honor Award for Social Good. Read the full press release here.

The 2016 Disruptive Innovation Festival

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event that explores the question: The economy is changing — what do I need to know, experience and do? Last year 20,000 participants from 181 countries registered to attend over 270 sessions, and 2016 is already shaping up to be bigger and better. In 2016 the DIF will take place online from the 7th-25th of November. Click for the festival schedule.