Vol. 18 No. 10, October 2017


Vol. 18 No. 10, October 2017

Trimtab Vol. 18 No. 10

BFI Updates

Bhungroo Wins the 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Challenge: Bhungroo, a project of the Sustainable Green Initiative Forum (SGIF) in Gujarat State, India. The project was submitted by Trupti Jain and Biplab Ketan Paul, SGIF’s Co-founders. The Fuller Challenge Review Committee found Bhungroo to be a perfect demonstration of one of Buckminster Fuller’s favorite dictums: "If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”. Read more about the winning initiative in this press release.

Thank you, Sharifah Taqi, for your contributions to BFI!

BFI extends gratitude to Sharifah Taqi, a long-time staff member who recently moved on from her work with the Institute and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge program. Sharifah joined BFI's staff in 2012 and was at various points the Program Manager for the Fuller Challenge and the Managing Director for BFI. To read more about Sharifah’s time with the institute, click here.

2017 BFC Celebration

Join us in New York City on November 10-11 to celebrate 10 years of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge (BFC). The events will include a conferring ceremony during which the grand prize will be awarded to 2017 winner Bhungroo, followed by a day-long symposium gathering all past BFC winners in panels moderated by design thought leaders. Location, event schedule, and program descriptions are now available on this page.


Regenerative Business

Carol Sanford just released a book titled Regenerative Business in which she challenges readers to redesign work in order to cultivate human potential. Sanford demonstrates how today’s “best-practices” end up getting in the way of success. She calls for businesses to be developmental in their approach, inspired by nature’s principles.

Shareable Cities Book and Toolkit

Shareable, a Bay Area nonprofit that serves as a connection hub for “the sharing transformation,” has published Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons. The book and companion toolkit offer 100 case studies and model policies needed to build social and physical infrastructure that enable sharing based on example from 80 cities in 35 countries around the world. “ To meet challenges, communities, organizations, and local governments are increasingly turning to a basic human practice: sharing. By sharing their labor, knowledge, space, and goods, people are finding that they can overcome scarcity by building and maintaining vital common resources. They are showing how sharing leads everyone to have more, together.”

The Next Economy MBA

The Lift Economy, a consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy, is launching “The Next Economy MBA” in January, 2018, “a nine-month project-based learning course for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn key business fundamentals (e.g., vision, culture, strategy, and operations) from a regenerative, Next Economy perspective.” To sign up for their introductory webinar, click HERE!

Upcoming Events

TRIBALIZE: Regenerative Community Summit II

Tribalize, a new event series focused , is hosting Regenerative Community Summit II in Sebastopol, CA on November 3-5th will convene the critical stakeholders working in the regenerative community sector to amplify the sector trends, best practices and emerging projects therein and to help network the key players and organizations within the movement. They will focus on the rebuilding efforts in Sonoma County post-wildfires. As Fuller said, we will find “Emergence through Emergency”.

Regenerative Earth Summit

At the Regenerative Earth Summit on November 6th and 7th at the University of Colorado in Boulder there will be a focus on soil, climate, and culture. The summit will gather farmers, investors, local food and civic leaders to work across sectors to build strategies and story-telling that drive adoption of practical, regenerative agriculture methods in our food system. “A truly regenerative agriculture is one in which all the natural resources we use to produce food get renewed in the process of using them.” - Fred Kirschenmann

Montreal and the Geodesic Dream

A new exhibit at the UQAM Design Center in Montreal celebrates the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Expo 67 Geodesic Dome designed by R. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao. It is open till December 10th and curated by Cammie McAtee. The exhibit explores the history of the geodesic dome from the first experiments in the late 1940’s to the proliferation of the do-it-yourself domes of the early 1970s and offers an opportunity to see the important role the Montreal Expo 67 Dome played in the development of domes. Check out the images.

From The Idea Index

TED Talk by Zubaida Bai, Founder and CEO of ayzh

ayzh entered the Fuller Challenge in 2017 and was selected for the Catalyst Program. Zubaida Bai, founder and CEO of ayzh, has a mission to bring simplicity and dignity to women’s health worldwide. Her company designs simple, low-cost, high-quality products for women in low resources settings, targeting the reproductive continuum of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. In this quick and inspiring talk, Zubaida presents her Clean Birth Kit in a purse, which contains everything a new mother needs for a hygienic birth and a healthy delivery - no matter where in the world she might be delivering.

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 by artists Mel Chin, Fritz Haeg, Matthew Day Jackson, Helen + Newton Harrison, Maya Lin, Mary Mattingly, Pedro Reyes, Tomas Saraceno, and Stephen Talasnik. The portfolio is now available on BFI's online store for a discounted price. All purchases directly support the non-profit institute.

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