Do You Have A Big Idea To Benefit Mankind?

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Do you have an idea for a solution to one of the world’s most pressing problems? If so, you might consider submitting it to the 2014 Fuller Challenge, where it could be picked to win a grand prize of $100,000 to help support its development and implementation.

Buckminster Fuller’s call for a design revolution “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” is behind the Fuller Challenge, and it requires a whole systems approach and a grasp of the big picture, not just a single idea.

Entries to the Challenge must meet the following criteria:

Visionary – put forth an original idea or synthesize existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need.

Comprehensive – apply a “whole-systems” approach to the design and implementation process; aim to address multiple goals, requirements and conditions in a holistic way.

Anticipatory – factor in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of implementation in the short and long term.

Ecologically Responsible – reflect nature’s underlying principles while enhancing the ability for natural systems to regenerate.

Feasible – rely on current technology, existing resources and a solid team capable of implementing the project.

Verifiable – able to withstand rigorous testing and make authentic claims.

Replicable – able to be adapted to similar conditions elsewhere.

Winning initiatives integrate these criteria into powerful design solutions that have the potential to play a significant role in the transition to an equitable and sustainable future for all.

Entries for the 2014 Fuller Challenge will be accepted until April 11, 2014, and applications can be submitted here.

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2 thoughts on “Do You Have A Big Idea To Benefit Mankind?

  • $100,000 isn’t nearly enough to get me off my sofa and write up my nifty plan to save the world. Come on folks, a least a million.

    • Its about making the world a better place not making money . That’s naive and self centered.

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