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The Brooklyn-based Buckminster Fuller Institute, founded in 1983 by Mr. Fuller’s family, seeks to take Mr. Fuller’s interdisciplinary approach to solve complex issues and apply it to modern problems. In the past six years, the institute has moved beyond archiving Mr. Fuller’s work to focusing on the contemporary applications of the major principles underlying his thinking.
To that end, the institute awards an annual prize to an organization that does work with wide-range possibilities for solving the world’s most significant challenges.
“We don’t define the problem space from year to year. Most design competitions are focused on a particular problem of solve this or solve that,” said Elizabeth Thompson, the institute’s executive director. “We require the people who submit their ideas to make a compelling case as to why the problem space they are particularly focused on is a key leverage point to turning the whole ship of state around.”
On June 10, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awarded a $100,000 prize to Blue Ventures, a London-based organization that uses conservation management as a tool for safeguarding ecosystems in poor coastal communities in Madagascar. In the country’s traditional fishing villages, the group works to tackle everything from fishing management to environmental education, to public health, with the goal of preserving the environment and boosting the economy of the villages>>
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