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Thank you and happy New Year from all of us at BFI!


BFI UPDATES

Announcing the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Cycle!

We are excited to announce the details of the 2013 cycle of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge! Read the whole press release here.We will begin accepting applications from March 1 until April 12th, 2013.




Buckminster Fuller's Self-Disciplines

In case you were having trouble with your New Year's resolutions this year, we published Bucky's 19 Self-Disciplines. The standards that he held himself to are an inspiration to anyone attempting to meaningfully engage the whole Universe. Read them here!




2011 Challenge Winner, Blue Ventures Wins Volunteering Award

Blue Ventures won a British Youth Travel Award for Best Volunteering Organization this week, recognizing their work toward environmentally and socially responsible travel and volunteer field research opportunities in Madagascar and Belize. Learn more about their volunteering opportunities here.





TRENDS + PERSPECTIVES

Build a Geodesic Gingerbread House!

Looking for a way to explore geodesic geometry while you celebrate the holidays this year? Scout Regalia has a pattern for you! See more here!




Shore Soup Provides On-going Sandy Relief with Hot Meals

Shore Soup is a comprehensive support system for those still lacking power and heat after Hurricane Sandy. The team behind Shore Fruit switched gears to deliver greatly-needed hot meals around the hurricane affected area. Those in the New York area can help out by volunteering or donating food, and those further afield can provide financial support on the project's website.




2012 Challenge Winner, Jason McLennan Releases Transformational Thought

From the 2012 Challenge Winner, Jason McLennan, comes a dynamic collection of provocative essays that critically challenge the design practices and thinking that are interwoven within our contemporary cultural, societal, personal value systems. See more on Dymaxion Artifacts here!





RESOURCES

Living Future Institute's Call for Entries

The Living Future Institute has released their call for proposals to lead an education session at their conference in May 2013. Applicants are asked to respond to this year's theme of Resilience & Regeneration. Read more about how to answer the call here!




Trillions: Thriving in the Information Ecology Released

Peter Lucas, Joe Bailay, and Mickey McManus have released a "field guide to the future", a book discussing the complex, intangible impact that networked computers and microprocessors will have in the years to come. The book asks "whether that complexity is harnessed to build a world that is safe, pleasant, humane, and profitable, or whether it causes us to careen off a cliff into an abyss of mind-numbing junk..." See more about the book here.




Think Beyond Plastic Competition accepting proposals

Think Beyond Plastic is soliciting proposals to move beyond our reliance on plastic, with specific attention to applications addressing supply chain and infrastructure, source materials and packaging, products, services or business model innovations. There's a lot of potential for innovative projects, read more here!




Tensegrity Wikipedia

If you are in need of a time-consuming jaunt on the internet, or some help with your geometry research project, stop in to the open source Tensegrity Wikispace, with entries on the math behind Tensegrity and the projects that employ its principles.





EVENTS

Worldviews Earth Migrations at the AMNH's Hayden Planetarium

We are happy to invite BFI's network to join us at the American Museum of Natural History in NY next Tuesday for an immersive tour of earth's cycles and the effect on human and animal environments. This data-driven production draws from research from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and collaborating scientists. Register here, we look forward to meeting you there!




Eyebeam Playable Fashion Weekend Workshop

Eyebeam Art + Technology Center will host a teen weekend workshop on wearable technology with innovatie game-designer and fashion designer, Kaho Abe. Learn more or sign up here!




Random International's Rain Room at the Barbican Gallery

Random International's Rain Room peice at London's Barbican Gallery uses innovative digital media techniques to show you what it's like to control the weather. The show is up until March 3rd, 2013, look for visitor information as well as schedules of dance performances in the Rain Room on the Barbican's website.




SMOCA's West of Center closes January 6th

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents an exhibition reviewing 1960s and '70s counterculture movements in art and architecture with particular focus on the American Southwest. The exhibit is on view until January 6th, so see it soon!