Vol. 15 No. 12, December 2014


Vol. 15 No. 12, December 2014

Trimtab Vol. 15 No. 12

BFI Updates

New Video Captures Spirit of the Fuller Challenge

We are thrilled to announce the premier of a short video connecting Fuller’s legacy to the contemporary Fuller Challenge! Check it out here.


Do you share Bucky's passion to "make the world work for 100% of humanity"? Please play your part to help BFI expand our impact through existing and new programs — contribute by becoming a member!

Recommend a Project for the 2015 Fuller Challenge

We are looking for visionary social and environmental solutions from all over the world to win $100,000. Would you like to recommend a project for the 2015 Fuller Challenge? You can do so here!


Bucky-Inspired Permaculture Education Programs for K-12

A story from 2014 Catalyst Program participant Nathan Ayers, who applied to the Fuller Challenge with the Chiwara Permaculture Initiative.

Lessons from the Bioneers Resilient Communities Network

Our Partners over at Bioneers have just released a new essay about lessons learned from their Resilient Communities Network. Keep an eye out for notice of BFI/Bioneers collaborative online programming in the coming year!

The WELL Building Standard

Earlier this year BFI was at the exciting launch of the WELL Building Standard, that identifies and leverages synergies between community health research and cutting edge built environment applications. You can review the most recent publication of the standard’s core principles here.

NSF infrastructure resilience research

To investigate innovative ways to bolster the resilience of the electrical grid, water systems and other lifelines and services, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded grants totaling nearly $17 million to 10 projects researching the development of more resilient complex public infrastructures.

Jeremy Rifkin video about the Third Industrial Revolution

Author and economist Jeremy Rifkin talks about the economics of the new, emerging energy regime.

Upcoming Events

Living Future conference

The 2012 Fuller Challenge winning initiative is hosted by the Living Futures Institute: their upcoming conference Net-Positive: Energy + Water is January 22-23 in San Francisco, California.

The School for Visual Arts: Open for Applications

The School of Visual Arts in New York City is open for applications for their program in Design for Social Innovation, and the first application deadline is January 31, 2015.

2015 Unreasonable Institute open

Fuller Challenge Catalyst Program Partner now open for applications for several different fellowships for entrepreneurs: Mexico, East Africa, and Global.

From The Idea Index

Dispatches from the Field: How Does It Grow

In this month’s installment of our Dispatches From the Field column we feature another outstanding 2014 Catalyst Program, How Does It Grow, a multi-platform initiative that brings agricultural literacy for all ages.

From the Store

Visit BFI's Dymaxion Marketplace Online

BFI’s 30th year in existence is coming to a close, and we want to celebrate by giving you 30% off on all store sales! This season, bring home Bucky in the form of tote bags, t-shirts, maps, educational toys and much more.

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