Vol. 15 No. 8, August 2014


Vol. 15 No. 8, August 2014

Trimtab Vol. 15 No. 8

BFI Updates

Semi-Finalists Announced for the 2014 Fuller Challenge

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalists. These projects deserve the attention of the world for their commitment to “solving for system” – an approach that takes an unusual degree of insight, patience, tenacity and courage. Check them out here!

Comprehensive Design + Science in St. Louis - Recap

BFI was recently in St. Louis, Missouri as a Program Partner in Marfa Dialogues/STL, a collaborative examination of artistic practice, climate change science and civic engagement. Couldn’t make it to St. Louis? Check out the full report here!

BFI Looking for Fall Interns

Now accepting applications for BFI’s Fall Internship Program, which provides opportunities for individuals seeking to gain experience in the non-profit sector and participate in initiatives that advance global problem solving strategies through BFI's programs. Check out the listings and apply here.

Support our work

BFI will be launching exciting new initiatives throughout the year, a new Membership Program, unique publications, educational programs and a few truly fantastic surprises designed to inspire your participation. Help us kick start the 120th celebrations by making a tax-deductible contribution now!


Fuego del Sol on Chicago Public Radio

2014 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist and social enterprise Fuego del Sol Haiti is featured on Worldview Global Activism Radio this week. Check out the podcast here!

Net Zero House

Matt Grocoff's house is one of the few individual family homes to be certified by the Living Building Challenge (winner of the 2012 Fuller Challenge). Click here for an interview with Grocoff.

What is a circular economy?

The circular economy concept posits that the relationships between input, product and waste can be closed so that they are in a regenerative state.

Back to School Dome

It's Back to School time, and here's another fun activity to do at home (or in class) with the kids!

Upcoming Events


On September 2nd – 5th, the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference is returning to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Be sure to connect with BFI there - we will also participate in the Accerating the Accelerators event again this year!

Black Mountain College Conference

For a sixth consecutive year, the Black Mountain College Museum in Asheville, NC will convene a gathering at UNC Asheville to celebrate the cultural, artistic and other paradigm shifting developments that took place at this legendary institution.


Don’t miss BFI at SXSW Eco this coming October 6th – 8th in Austin, TX with a "Straight To The Point" talk on taking action to change the world!

BFI at Bioneers

BFI will host a panel with Interface Inc. and Autodesk at the Bioneers Conference this fall in San Rafael, California, October 17-19.

Van Alen Institute Future Ground Competition

The Van Alen Institute is fielding submissions to its Future Ground competition, focused on design, planning, and policy strategies for utilizing vacant land in New Orleans.

One Man Show at SIU

D.W. Jacobs will be performing his one-man show, R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, at Southern Illinois University (SIU) on October 18.

From The Idea Index

Dispatches from the Field: Design for America

While only twenty projects are moving forward as Semi-Finalists in this year’s Fuller Challenge cycle, in 2014 we have extended our Catalyst Program offerings to an additional selection of outstanding project teams. Design for America is the first to be featured in our ongoing series: Dispatches From the Field.

From the Store

Back to School Tote

It's Back to School time! Take a tote full of supplies with you this upcoming school year from the Dymaxion Artifacts store!

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