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Published on March 11th, 2014 | by Derek Markham

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Call for Proposals for Visionary Social, Environmental, and Economic Solutions

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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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lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!



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