Friday, July 13, 2007

"Dare to be naive": help design a world that works for everyone

In his July 1, 2007 New York Times op-ed entitled "Moving Beyond Kyoto" former Vice President Al Gore writes that given the urgent need to respond to the frightening realities of climate change that are already unfolding, the following questions posed by Bucky Fuller have never been more relevant:
"If the success or failure of this planet, and of human beings, depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be? What would I do?”
In fact, humanity faces a number of challenges that are screaming out for design science solutions. The good folks at the Buckminster Fuller Institute are looking for yours. As you do, remember Bucky's advice and "Dare to be naive." (GW)
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

On the occasion of Bucky's 112th birthday The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the launch of the first annual BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE.

Established to catalyze the vanguard of a global design science revolution, the Challenge will offer a single $100,000 prize annually to support the development and implementation of a solution with significant potential to solve the world's most pressing problems in the shortest possible time while enhancing the Earth's ecological integrity.

Entries will be accepted beginning September 4th, 2007. The first prize will be conferred in June of 2008, timed to coincide with the opening of the first major retrospective exhibition of Buckminster Fuller's work in the US at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing humanity. He issued an urgent call for a design science revolution to make the world work for all. The Buckminster Fuller Challenge intends to further this urgent call.



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