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End of an Era: Thank you from Elizabeth Thompson

Read a letter from Elizabeth Thompson reflecting on her work as BFI's Executive Director over the past 12 years. Elizabeth will transition out of her role to focus exclusively on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge as it head into its 10th anniversary cycle, serving as its Founding Director. Included here is an overview of her work on the development of BFI's educational programs, the Fuller Challenge, work with artists, curators, and cultural institutions, as well as historic restorations and commissions.

Fuller Challenge Finalists Selected for World Habitat Awards

Twelve finalists were recently selected in the 2016-17 World Habitat Awards. These included 2015 Fuller Challenge Finalist The Nubian Vault Programme and 2016 Fuller Challenge Finalist Cooperación Comunitaria. Read about the awards and the recognition of our incredible finalists here.

Digitizing Democracy for the 21st Century

The idea of using technology for deliberative democracy goes back to Buckminster Fuller, who in the 1940’s, proposed voting over the telephone. Click to read a recent Big Think article about a model for digitizing democracy in order to reinvigorate American political life.

Global Urban Innovators: A Community of Startups

Global Urban Innovators is a program of the New Cities Foundation that supports a community of trailblazing international urban tech companies. The program chooses innovators for their radically new approaches to improving cities around the world, who will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the New Cities Summit to take place in June 2017 in South Korea. Find more information here.

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.

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.

Film clip on 2016 Fuller Challenge Winner

Growing out of three decades of work by the Prince of Wales to combat climate change and find innovative solutions to the global environmental crisis, the 2010 film Harmony is an urgent, accessible, and practical call to action. This clip from the film provides an elegant summary of the accomplishment of the 2016 Fuller Challenge Winner, the Rainforest Solutions Project.

2015 Fuller Challenge Finalist Wins Innovation Challenge

2015 Fuller Challenge Finalist Mahila Housing Sewa Trust won the Innovation Challenge hosted by Urban Labs Innovation Challenge, announced by the University of Chicago Urban Lab and the Delhi Government. Read more about their work here.