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May 26, 2011

From participatory mapping to coastal livelihoods


I'm a huge fan of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The annual international design award grants $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a 'bold, visionary, tangible initiative that is focused on a well-defined need of critical importance'' and 'comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach. Winning solutions are 'regionally specific yet globally applicable to solving the world's complex problems'.

I wrote about last year's winner here.

I am therefore looking forward to the Finalist Presentations that take place in New York City on Wednesday June 8, 6-8pm. I'm speaking - but not for too long: the evening is mainly about the four candidates. Their number includes: alternative income initiatives to protect coastal livelihoods; software that turns a laptop into a mass messaging hub; and participatory mapping in the Congo Basin.


Posted by John Thackara at May 26, 2011 12:12 PM