Capital Institute’s John Fullerton has been selected as a juror for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual international design challenge awarding $100,000. We are grateful for the opportunity to bring attention to legacy of the challenge’s namesake. As one of the first engineers to contemplate the way design interacts with nature and society, he sought to create a world that worked for everyone through thoughtful innovation and deeply-considered policy. Bucky, as he liked to be called, contributed to the thinking of many of the earliest systems thinkers and understood the ideas at the core of system theory: “There are no solids. There are no things. There are only interfering and non-interfering patterns operative in pure principle, and principles are eternal.” And that, in many cases, the outcomes from “whole systems [is unpredictable] by the behavior of their parts taken separately.”
Learn more about the Buckminster Fuller and the work carried on in his name at BFI.org.