What does the future look like? How can we design it so it works for 100% of humanity without ecological offense? The Buckminster Fuller Institute is exploring those questions today in San Rafael, California during the Bioneers conference. Some of the best design minds from around the world will be there and you get to look and listen in live here. Starts 11am CT/ 9am PT.
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the principles and practice of a key approach to solving our increasingly complex, interrelated global crises – an approach Fuller called comprehensive anticipatory design science.
In the 1960’s Fuller issued a challenge 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.” This Challenge formed the basis of two of Fuller’s most prescient concepts: The World Design Science Decade and World Game – both of which put forth a detailed strategy to solve the world’s entrenched problems within a decade through a radical increase in information transparency, strategic thinking and cooperation toward a shared vision.
Fundamental to the design science approach is the understanding that large-scale change can only be accomplished with a rapid increase in synergies and collaboration.
This day-long seminar invites participants to review key concepts and principles core to design science; study concrete examples presented by pioneers in this discipline; immerse themselves in interactive sessions featuring contemporary projects/solutions presented by today’s innovators; strategize with BFI the critical path to catalyze new levels of synergy and cooperation between those working to accelerate positive global change.
Program overview (subject to change – All times Pacific)
9:00 – 12:30 Welcoming remarks and plenary speeches by:
12:45 – 4:00 Design Science Today.
A highly select group of Buckminster Fuller Challenge finalists and winners share their work, exchange strategies, receive feedback from Challenge review team members, seek synergies in a series of presentations, breakouts and facilitated dialogue (lunch is included). Participants include:
Kirstin Miller, Ecocity Mapping for Urban Villages
Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Tibet is the High Ground
Mike T. Voorhees, Green Flight World Link Initiative
Mel Chin and Mary Rubin, Operation Paydirt/ Fundred Dollar Bill
Bruce Cahan, SubEx, Good Bank
Denise Hoffman Brandt, CitySink
Greg Niemeyer, Aclima
Stacey Murphy, A Call to Farm, BK Farmyards
Shannon Horst, Operation Hope
4:30 Reconvening of participants and presenters. Feedback, reflections, and wrap up.