The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual international design Challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems. Named "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award" by Metropolis Magazine, it 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 Buckminster Fuller Institute has published 103 entries to this year's Buckminster Fuller Challenge in the IDEA INDEX - BFI's remarkable repository of whole systems solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
"IDEA INDEX 1.0 is a searchable database of incredible ideas submitted by design pioneers and social innovators from all over the world", commented Elizabeth Thompson, BFI's Executive Director. "What you'll find is a collection of practitioners meaningfully engaged in systems change, all worthy of attention and support."
Entries were submitted from all parts of the world - the US, the UK, India, the Sahel, and the Arctic. They also came from nations such as South Africa, Rwanda, Barbados, Haiti, Spain, Afghanistan, The Netherlands, Taiwan, and China.
Several student projects were entered from ETH Zurich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Universidad del Paas Vasco, California College of the Arts and GAIA University, among others.
AP reflects an approach to technological development, characterized by creative and sound engineering, that recognizes the social, environmental, political, economic, as well as, technical aspects of a proposed technological solution to a problem facing a society. Generally appropriate technologies are smaller scale technologies, that are ecologically and socially benign, affordable, and often powered by renewable energy