An impressive and inspiring list of finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge have been announced. From a pool of applicants representing 93 countries, the seven finalists range from a community managed forest to a floating health clinic to a locally owned and managed housing development. With a $100,000 purse and an accolade from “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” on the line, the jury has their work cut out to determine the winning “whole systems design” project. BFI’s Executive Director and Co-founder of The Fuller Challenge Elizabeth Thompson commented:
“We are very proud to track the impact our prize program is having on the international discussion about how to address the big challenges we face. References to holistic, systemic and integrated approaches are everywhere, but it remains difficult to really understand this approach unless you can see it applied in a specific context. This is complex, complicated, long-term work that does not lend itself well to a simple sound bite or elevator pitch. The Fuller Challenge continues to be unique as a showcase for applied whole systems design and the remarkable people at the leading edge of this approach.”
Click here to learn more about the 7 BFI Challenge Finalists, online at BFI.org.