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Sistema Biobolsa and the Circular Economy in Kenya

2017 Fuller Challenge Finalist Sistema Biobolsa is contributing to the circular economy for farmers in developing countries around the world. Recent coverage highlighted a success story in Kenya.

BFI Board Member Jonathan Marvel Wants to Rewire Puerto Rico with Solar

Resilient Power Puerto Rico is a new project of Jonathan Marvel, BFI Board Member and Great-Nephew of Buckminster Fuller. He and a team of others are following in Fuller’s footsteps to create a holistic electrical plan for the island.

Jay Baldwin ~ An Appreciation

Jay Baldwin, a colleague and friend of Buckminster Fuller and a beloved longtime associate of the Buckminster Institute, passed away on March 2, 2018. Born James Tennant Baldwin, he is affectionately known as Jay. He is survived by his wife, Liz Fial, son Aaron, his grandchildren and hundreds of appreciative students and colleagues to whom he was an inspiration.

Support the Martin Peña Relief Fund

After facing the devastation from the Fall, 2017 hurricanes, power loss, and destruction to homes for more than 26,000 residents of Caño Martín Peña, Puerto Rico, are in need of help.

Multimedia story of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Over 800,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar and are resettling in Bangladesh, creating the largest and most densely populated refugee camp in the world. Most of these refugees have fled since August creating unsafe living conditions.

World Bank Divests from Fossil Fuels

In a stunning declaration, The World Bank announced that it will respond to climate change by ending its financial support for all oil and gas extraction within two years. The Bank announced this bold step at the One Planet conference in Paris in mid-December 2017, which commemorated the two year anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Video from this Year's Challenge Ceremony

"If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO?” -- Buckminster Fuller. Learn about the 10 winners of the Fuller Challenge over the past decade along with 2017’s finalists. See how their projects solve many problems and address many issues with a single intervention.

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Greg Watson’s Opening Remarks from The Fuller Challenge Symposium

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge Has
Prepared Us For Humanity’s Greatest Challenge

By Greg Watson

Buckminster Fuller 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony
November 10-11, 2017
Brooklyn, New York

Reflections from Greg Watson on The Fuller Challenge Symposium

Against the backdrop of our nation, and indeed the world in disarray, the
Buckminster Fuller Challenge 10th Anniversary Awards Celebration was an oasis
of hope. Even after more than forty years of working and playing in the dynamic
space defined by design science, I wasn’t taking any of what was unfolding for