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Buckminster Fuller Challenge: Crowdsourcing Global Solutions

“If success or failure of this planet and human beings depended on how I am and what I do…How would I be? What would I do?” I believe the freedom of individualism is finding a new kind of security in the potentials of a collective. If we are to “make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone,” it appears that collaborative, integrated strategies are the way to go! The Buckminster Fuller Challenge appears to me like a kind of crowdsourcing (or distributed problem solving) initiative which is catalyzing global participants “to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview.” R. Buckminster Fuller, an innovator and revolutionary in the self-titled field of “comprehensive anticipatory design science” hailed the above intention throughout the span of his work from 1917 through the 1970s. I am blown away by how his principle to do “more with less” is continuing to magnetize input from the world’s artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs “committed to playing a transformative role in addressing the biggest issues we face today.” Could we put an end to the world’s problems by developing more invitations for visionary teamwork?

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge from Buckminster Fuller Institute on Vimeo.

For more information on this and other initiatives, please visit the Buckminster Fuller Institute website: LINKS Buckminster Fuller Challenge –

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