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Fuller Challenge

Fuller Challenge

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, November 20, 2015/Categories: sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure

                                   Buckminster Fuller (credit: The Utopian)

Buckminster Fuller was quite the thinker and visionary.

The architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor is remembered for many things including the geodesic dome, inexpensive shelter and transportation designs, and fullerenes or Buckyballs , an odd form of carbon that has found applications from nano-materials to lubricants. Fuller also popularized the term Spaceship Earth to help create awareness of the finite resources of the planet. His design philosophy could be summarized as "doing more with less". 

                                     Geodesic Sphere and Fullerenes Structure  (credit: Wikipedia)

What is less well known is his legacy of the Buckminster Fuller Institute that supports inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and others to expand on his ideas. Fuller often said:

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Following on his mantra, the Institute presents an annual award, the Fuller Challenge, to an emerging field of practice applying:

"the whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact". The challenge attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world's complex problems."

A 2015 recipient of the Fuller Challenge is the organization Greenwave to expand and commercialize their unique concept of 3-Dimensional ocean farming that helps restore depleted species while providing employment and nutritious food. Their ocean restoration initiative utilizes the entire water-column of the ocean to cultivate marine species, rebuild communities, and build economies by creating jobs from sustainable ecosystems.

                                              3-Dimensional Ocean Farming (credit: Greenwave)

Greenwave's mission to restore the oceans, mitigate climate change, and create jobs is a grand effort. Their pioneering efforts were recognized by the Foodtank for demonstrating an approach to sustainable food production from the oceans.

Buckmister Fuller's idea of a "Spaceship Earth" is well represented by what Greenwave is attempting.


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