Vol. 17 No. 1, January 2016


Vol. 17 No. 1, January 2016

Trimtab Vol. 17 No. 1

BFI Updates

Watch BFI's Free Webinar for Female Innovators

BFI, in collaboration with girltank, will host a webinar, A Call to Women Who Make the World Work, for female innovators interested in applying to the 2016 Fuller Challenge this Wednesday, January 27th at 2pm EST. Click for more information and to register.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2016 Fuller Challenge

BFI has issued the Call for Proposals for the 2016 Fuller Challenge. The Fuller Challenge invites designers, architects, planners, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, activists, and students worldwide to submit original solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. This year's deadline is March 1st, 2016 17:00 EST.

2016 Fuller Challenge Fellowship Program

BFI announces the 2016 Fuller Challenge Fellowship program, open for applications until March 12, 2016. The Fellowship Program is meant to enhance rigorous discourse in the Fuller Challenge review process by bringing additional voices and perspectives into the discussion. Click for information on how to apply.


PCDN 3.0 Platform Launch

BFI Outreach Partner the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) has launched a new online platform. PCDN is the go-to hub for the global social change community, connecting over 36,000 individuals and organizations around the world. Click for more info.

Spring 2016 Civic Accelerator Open for Applications

The Civic Accelerator is a 10-week national startup boot camp and investment fund to support the most promising civic ventures in the country. The early bird deadline with no application fee ends on February 5th. Click for more info.

New Book: The Heart of Sustainability by Andres Edwards

Educator, author, and Fuller Challenge Advisor Andrés Edwards has released a new book: The Heart of Sustainability: Restoring Ecological Balance from the Inside Out. BFI Members will receive a discount code for purchasing the book. Click for further details.

New Book: Last Futures by Douglas Murphy

Last Futures: Nature, Technology, and the End of Architecture by Douglas Murphy was released in late December. The book explores the alternative architectural futures envisioned by designers such as Fuller. Click for further details.

Systems Literacy Collection on PBS LearningMedia

Linda Booth Sweeney worked with a PBS team to put together free, media-based resources to foster systems literacy. The pilot collection is targeted to students age 5-25 and their teachers. Click for more information.

Upcoming Events

Comprehensive Exhibition on Foster + Partners in Tokyo

On display until February 14th, 2016, the Mori Art Museum has opened "Foster + Partners: Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation" - the first comprehensive survey of the firm's design activities over the last half century. Click for details.

Net Positive Energy + Water Conference

The International Living Future Institute will host the third annual Net Positive Energy + Water Conference in San Diego, CA on February 18-19, 2016. The conference is dedicated to the exchange of technical expertise, bold strategies, and provocative case studies—all aimed at accelerating the global shift toward Net Positive Energy and Water buildings and communities. Click for more information.

Global Youth Innovation Network Summit

The Global Youth Innovation Network's "Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation" (YALESI 2016) will be held in Dakar, Senegal from March 28-April 1. The Summit brings together youth from over 100 countries to work with NGOs, universities, corporations, and heads of state to address youth unemployment and hunger. Click for more information.

“The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” at SUNY Oswego

"The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller" will be performed at SUNY Oswego on March 16th. BFI has a limited number of complimentary tickets reserved for BFI Members. Click here for more info.

From The Idea Index

Fuller Challenge Semi-finalist Warka Water Selected as World Design Impact Finalist

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design recently announced three finalists for the 2015-2016 World Design Impact Prize, one of which was 2015 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist Warka Water. Click to read more.

From the Store

$10 Valentine's Day Gift: Love Poster

Order the "Love" Bucky Quote Poster by February 1st to receive it in time for Valentine's Day. The featured quote is an excerpt from a longer poem that Fuller wrote in Isfahan, Iran in 1970. Click for more info.

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