Dymaxion Forum

The Dymaxion Forum is dedicated to gathering the most interesting, up-to-date information, viewpoints, and observations advancing the legacy of Buckminster Fuller on Spaceship Earth today and into the future.

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.

Become a 2018 Member of BFI

Join us as a full member of BFI today, and ride with us as we design a future that allows everyone to live at a higher standard of living than we can imagine possible. Click here and become a member. Together we’re building a better future!

Welcome Faith Flanigan

BFI is excited to announce that Faith Flanigan has joined our staff as Operations Manager. Faith comes to BFI with deep experience in orchestrating and managing complex operations and the ability to mobilize all levels of an organization. She is a seasoned senior project manager, digital producer, and accounts manager skilled at creating harmony and balance in the workplace.

StartingBloc 2018 Dates

StartingBloc, a leadership fellowship, has announced the dates for their four Institutes in 2018 - Los Angeles, CA (February 22-26), New Orleans (May 17-21), Raleigh (June 21-25), and New York (August 16-20). StartingBloc trains and supports leaders “who are committed to something bigger than themselves (art, systems change, equity, financial transparency, food supply, etc.)”.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco

The 16th annual Cleantech Forum will take place January 22-24th in San Francisco with the goal to chart the future and connect the globe.

Next Nature Academy

Next Nature is offering 1 and 3 day courses in Amsterdam in January to explore looking at ‘nature’ and ‘technology’ in a new way. “Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities and wild robots; we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. It may sound abstract, but it’s closer than you think; cars will drive themselves and heart valves are 3D printed.

Start-Up Energy Transition Award 2018

Start Up Energy Transition Award 2018 was launched in Bonn Germany at the COP23 UN Climate Conference. The award identifies global start-ups working on energy transition. Application are due on January 31st. “Start Up Energy Transition is a global initiative for visionaries and vanguards fighting climate change. We know there are many initiatives and great ideas out there.

My Molecularium

A fun, and free, new molecule building app, My Molecularium, was just released by Kurt Przybilla and a team of scientists, artists, and developers. Kurt is a long-time advisor of BFI and creator of Tetratoys, the multi-axis spinning tops inspired by Fuller’s Synergetics.

Kiss the Ground, the Book

Kiss the Ground, a soil advocacy group, has published its book of the same title. It features stories of carbon-capturing soil, many well-crafted graphics about regenerative agriculture and approachable science. You can learn about many whole systems approaches and models like the small water cycle and perennial grasses.

Tensegrity Structures: Stabilization Through Tension

Tensegrity is an architectural/engineering term made famous by Buckminster Fuller to describe the characteristic property of a stable three-dimensional form which is composed of contiguous and noncontiguous rods or cables. This interconnected web, held together by integral tension, is highly adaptive to outside forces, responding as a unified body.

Accelerating Acceleration: Towards Tomorrow
Pablo Freund

Since the invention of the printing press, the scientific and thought advances of man have spread throughout the world at ever increasing rates, extending to millions an education that was historically exclusive to just a lucky few. Knowledge has catalyzed knowledge in what R. Buckminster Fuller described as the ever-increasing wealth of the world.

Specialized in Generality
Pablo Freund

Buckminster Fuller is best known for the invention of the Geodesic Dome. The structure’s remarkable properties allow it to be built to any size, while maximizing the ratio of internal volume to external surface area. Thousands of domes have been built providing relief to disaster victims, strength to military compounds, awe to audiences in concert halls, and prestige to the U.S.

Making the World Work
Pablo Freund

In the late months of 1927, a desperate man stood at the shores of Lake Michigan contemplating ending his own life. Despite a privileged upbringing and honorable service to his country as a Navy officer, at age 32 he found himself defeated; grief stricken by the passing of his young daughter due to illness, and yearning for his wife and newborn away from him in New York City.

Portraits of Buckminster Fuller by Richard Seyffert
Pablo Freund

In 1979, Richard and his wife Valerie visited Bucky at his family home in Bear Island, Maine.

Public Lab DIY kits

2013 Fuller Challenge Finalist Public Lab for Open Science and Technology hosts an impressive catalog of open source toolkits on their site ranging from Water Quality Sensors to Indoor Air Quality and Kite Mapping kits.

Mushroom Tower for PS1

2013 Fuller Challenge winner Ecovative is in production on 10,000 living mushroom bricks for a 40-foot tower to be installed in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 as part of their Young Architects Program.

Échale a Tu Casa wins B Corp award

2013 Fuller Challenge Runner Up Échale a Tu Casa has been recognized as one of the “Best for the World” companies by B Corp.

Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home to be restored

Good news! Minnesota-based Dome, Inc. will be initiating the long-awaited preservation work on Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home in Carbondale, Illinois with a public ground-breaking on April 19.

Carbondale restoration under way

Blair Wolfram's Dome Inc. recently held the groundbreaking for their restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home in Carbondale, IL, on April 19th.

Generalists to the Rescue: The Emergence of the Sustainability Professional
Pablo Freund

Pablo Freund details the rise of the generalist, adept in working with multidisciplinary and comprehensive approaches to the complex issues of our time.