Vol. 15 No. 3, March 2014


Vol. 15 No. 3, March 2014

Trimtab Vol. 15 No. 3

BFI Updates

Accepting Applications: Fuller Challenge Cycle Open Now!

Calling all architects, artists, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, scientists, students, planners and visionaries! The countdown has begun to enter the Fuller Challenge—applications for our $100,000 award will be accepted until April 11 at 5pm EST. Read more here and APPLY NOW!

Criteria and Questions for the Challenge

“Is the work that you do COMPREHENSIVE? Is it ANTICIPATORY? Is it REPLICABLE?” Are you curious what questions we ask applicants to the Fuller Challenge? Review the criteria and application questions here!


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.

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. This recognition celebrates Échale’s overall social and environmental impact as the third highest scorer in B Corp’s pool of 987 total businesses in 32 countries and 60 industries, all working to use business as a force for good. Learn more about becoming B Corp certified here

Bucky talking Semantics at San Quentin

Apparently Johnny Cash and BB King aren't the only ones who played live at San Quentin! Here's Bucky, delivering a talk about semantics to the inmates at San Quentin State Prison in 1959.

US Govt. warns of systemic risks from climate change

A report from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory highlights the systemic risk of cascading failures due to heightened vulnerabilities to impacts from climate change.

Upcoming Events

Love Song in Miami (and Philly and Austin)

Sam Green and Yo La Tengo will be hard at work in March and April, bringing The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller to the Colony Theatre in Miami on March 22, and to Philadelphia and Austin in April.

Nature as Measure

BFI is co-sponsoring a landmark food movement event at The Cooper Union on April 4th, 2014. Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, and Mark Bittman will discuss scenarios for successful food systems and the future of farming.

From The Idea Index

Échale A Tu Casa

2013 Fuller Challenge Runner Up, Échale a Tu Casa, presents a comprehensive, elegantly integrated model combining community empowerment and capacity building, a novel financing system, and innovative regionally designed green building techniques.

From the Store

Dymaxion Map T-Shirt

Now in the shop: our new Dymaxion Map T-Shirts! Proudly wear Fuller's iconic Dymaxion Map showing the planet as one continuous land mass in one ocean and support BFI at the same time!

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