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Design for 100%, a Marfa Dialogues/NY Event

The Buckminster Fuller Institute, MFA Design for Social Innovation, and Marfa Dialogues/NY

Monday, October 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Design for 100%, a Marfa Dialogues/NY Event

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The Buckminster Fuller Institute &

MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA



Design for 100%

a Marfa Dialogues/NY Event


Monday, October 7th, 2013

6:00 to 7:30 PM

SVA Beatrice Theatre


Buckminster Fuller famously challenged the world’s artists, designers, architects, and engineers to create a world that “works for 100% of humanity…” How do we accomplish this in the face of epochal, systemic global crises like Climate Change? What are the opportunities and challenges for translating breakthrough creative vision into tangible solutions?

Join members of the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Jury in sharing their insights into these and other far-reaching questions. 



JASON MCLENNAN serves as the CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading NGO that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. McLennan is the author of 4 books and the founder of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the world’s most progressive green building program. McLennan is a winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize.


ANDREW REVKIN has covered science and the environment for 30 years in newspapers, magazines, three books, documentaries and his New York Times blog, Dot Earth, winning the country's top science journalism awards multiple times. He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 to 2009. Mr. Revkin has been a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest. Since 2010, he has been senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.


LINDA WEINTRAUB is an artist, curator, and author of To Life! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art, Art on The Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society, and the Avant-Guardians series. She was the Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Art at Oberlin College and director of the museum at Bard College.


WOODY TASCH is Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. Tasch is Chairman Emeritus of Investors' Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $152 million to 250 sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds. For most of the 1990’s Woody was Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, he has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions. In 2010, Utne Reader named Woodyone of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Woody's book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" is published by Chelsea Green and now available in paperback. 



DOROTHY DUNN is a recognized cultural leader and producer of exhibitions, programs, events, and products. She has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, the Philip Johnson Glass House, the Aspen Institute, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Buckminster Fuller Institute, among others. Her positions have included founding Director of America: Now and Here, Director of Visitor Experience at The Philip Johnson Glass House, and Director of Education at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dunn is on the Board of Openhousenewyork and Greater Hudson Heritage Network, and an advisor for the Center for Art + Environment.



The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. Our programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. We encourage 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. By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, our work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. In this way, we strive to catalyze the collective intelligence required to fully address the unprecedented challenges before us. The Buckminster Fuller Challenge annually awards a prize of $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a design strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. Recognized as Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award, it attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. For more information about BFI and the Challenge, visit www.bfi.org and challenge.bfi.org.


Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts is the first MFA program for leaders who will use the power of design to solve human and business problems. Through experience-based learning, students from diverse backgrounds are immersed in the context, tools and skills of design for social innovation, fostering transformation at a systems level to create a resilient future for organizations and communities. School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative profesionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic cirriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For more information about the College's 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu. To learn more about MFA Design for Social Innovation, visit dsi.sva.edu.


Marfa Dialogues/NY is an examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice happening this October and November, 2013 in New York City. A collaboration between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation, Marfa Dialogues / NY will feature 18 Program Partners and a spectrum of exhibitions, performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climate change. www.marfadialogues.org.

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SVA Beatrice Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Monday, October 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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