Vol. 18 No. 1, January 2017


Vol. 18 No. 1, January 2017

Trimtab Vol. 18 No. 1

BFI Updates

Call for Proposals: The 2017 Fuller Challenge

BFI has announced the Call for Proposals to the 2017 Fuller Challenge, inviting innovators who are addressing the many crises facing humanity and the fundamental systems that support life on Earth to enter to win the 2017 Fuller Challenge Prize. For the past decade, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge has been widely regarded as socially-responsible design’s highest award, advancing whole-systems approaches to solving humanity’s most pressing problems. Enter for a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize, or recommend a project.

Last Chance for Bucky Ball Necklace

When you become a member of BFI at the Dymaxion level or above, you receive a necklace modeled on the buckminsterfullerene, the elegant molecule that affirmed Buckminster Fuller’s life’s work exploring the geometry of nature. Did you catch our story of the buckminsterfullerene a couple weeks ago? Read more here.

Videos of Regenerative Projects from Around the World

David McConville (BFI's Board co-chair) has been mapping short films documenting projects that work to restore and regenerate living systems around the world. If you need some inspiration--or simply a counterbalance to the rampant misanthropy of your news feeds, just select a project and click on the associated image to see the videos. Many of the projects have been entries in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and all of them demonstrate the potential of creating at the same level we can destroy.


Climate Ventures 2.0 program

GoodCompany Ventures has just launched the Climate Ventures 2.0 accelerator! Developed as part of the White House Climate Data Initiative with funding from the William Penn Foundation, CV2 is seeking entrepreneurial innovations in agriculture and water system resilience efforts. Read more here.

Bucky and Spaceship Earth Documentary

Carlos Carcas made this 20-minute documentary on Fuller featuring interviews with Buckminster Fuller’s daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder, Norman Foster, an architect who worked with Fuller, and vintage footage of Fuller himself.

Deep Time Walk

This phone application will take you on a 4.6km narrated walk through 4.6 billion years of the earth’s history, with each meter representing one million years. Learn how our planet evolved over this vast stretch of time, including the accretion of the Earth from a disc of rocky debris, the formation of the oceans and atmosphere, the appearance of bacteria, including the first life, then the first nucleated cells, and, eventually, multicellular organisms. Read more here.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Entering the 2017 Fuller Challenge

BFI will offer an informational webinar about the Fuller Challenge on Wednesday, February 8th at 2pm ET. BFI staff will provide a conceptual and technical introduction to entering the 2017 Fuller Challenge. Join for the chance to ask your questions live. The webinar is free and open to the public. Click for details and to register.

Living Future Conference

Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. This year’s three-day conference, which takes place May 17-19, 2017, will focus on the diverse layers of Genius and Courage, and features keynotes from Van Jones, Kirsti Luke, and Naomi Klein.

GreenBiz 17

Join sustainability leaders at Greenbiz 17 in Phoenix, AZ, on February 14-16 to discuss the circular economy, sustainable supply chain, resilience, and the new energy landscape.

From The Idea Index

Nepalese KTK-BELT Studio Video

A place-based strategy for conservation, education, and sustainable livelihoods, KTK-BELT studio was a Fuller Challenge Semifinalist in 2016. Check out an overview of this comprehensive model in Nepal here.

From the Store

Limited Edition Portfolio available on BFI's online store

A Limited Edition print portfolio of new works was created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Buckminster Fuller. Published by The Buckminster Fuller Institute in 2015, the portfolio includes ten giclee color prints made by ten contemporary artists. The portfolio can now be purchased on BFI's online store for a discounted price.

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