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The Fuller Challenge

The Fuller Challenge

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, December 3, 2019/Categories: sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure , Archive Pick of the Week

 

                                   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. The geodesic dome, inexpensive shelter, transportation designs, and fullerenes (Buckyballs), an odd form of carbon that has applications from nano-materials to lubricants. Fuller also popularized the term Spaceship Earth concept to help bring awareness of the finite nature of resources on Earth. His design philosophy could be summarized as "doing more with less". 

 
                                     Geodesic Sphere and Fullerenes Structure  (credit: Wikipedia)


What is less well known is Fuller's legacy 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 Buskminster Fuller Institute (BFI) presents an annual award, the Fuller Challenge, to an emerging field 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."



The organization Greenwave was one recipient to commercialize their unique concept of 3-Dimensional ocean farming system that helps restore depleted species while providing employment and quality sea food. Greenwave's ocean restoration initiative utilizes the entire water-column of the ocean to cultivate marine species, rebuild fish communities, and build local economies by creating jobs from sustainably farmed ecosystems.

                                     
                                              3-Dimensional Ocean Farming (credit: Greenwave)

Their grand mission to restore the oceans, assist in mitigating climate change impacts to inshore marine areas, and create jobs. These pioneering efforts were also recognized by the Foodtank for demonstrating an approach to sustainable seafood production.
Buckmister Fuller's idea of a "Spaceship Earth" is well represented by such innovations.

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