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Celebrate 10 Years of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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PLEASE NOTE - Ticket reservations are still available for the events on both Friday and Saturday. Ticket reservations are required as space will be limited.

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Please join us to award the 2017 grand prize and celebrate ten years of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge with a once in a lifetime gathering of past winners and design thought leaders!

This event is produced in partnership with A/D/O


Friday 10th | 6-9PM
Award ceremony to honor 3 Finalists, 2 Runners-up and confer the $100,000 grand prize to the 2017 Winner
Representatives from each project will make brief remarks about their work.
Reception opens at 6pm. Remarks and ceremony will begin at 7pm.


Saturday 11th | 10AM-6PM
Participate in a symposium with representatives from all ten winning initiatives and design thought leaders
Speakers include: Kate Orff of SCAPE Studio; Bren Smith of GreenWave; Dr. John Todd, ecological design pioneer; and many more!


Saturday 11th | 6-8PM
Reception to celebrate ten years of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge


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There is a suggested donation of $25 for each event. A limited number of boxed lunches are available for the Saturday symposium - if you would like to receive a boxed lunch, please purchase the ticket that includes lunch.




SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM DETAILS


The Design Revolution - How is Bucky’s call for a Design Science Revolution (1961) going? What is the role of design in solving the complex problems of our era? How can nature-inspired, biomimetic, regenerative, and “design science” approaches achieve better outcomes than design has in our past? How do we accelerate the adoption of these approaches? How do we incentivize more resources to flow toward projects taking the anticipatory 'long view'? What do we need in order to better leverage visionary and innovative design approaches?

Panelists: John Todd (ecological design pioneer, president, John Todd Design); Ryan Chin (managing director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab); Gavin McIntyre (Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Ecovative); Eden Bruckman, (Senior Green Building Coordinator, City of SF, Dept. of Environment; Co-founder, The Living Building Challenge)
Moderator: Susan Szenasy, (Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine)

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Terrestrial Ecosystems - Extractive industries and large scale agribusiness are ravaging the global environment, impoverishing soils, imperiling biodiversity, massively toxifying terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and driving indigenous and poor populations into urban slums. What strategies do need to deploy to preserve and regenerate vital lands, restore our biosphere, provide food and resources for the world's population needs?

Panelists: Jody Holmes (Director, The Rainforest Solutions Project); Seth Itzkan, (Advisor, The Savory Institute); Trupti Jain(Co-Founder, Bhungroo); Biplab Ketan Paul (Co-Founder, Bhungroo)
Moderator: Greg Watson (Director of Policy and Systems Design, The Schumacher Center for New Economics)

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Aquatic Ecosystems - Our oceans, and fresh water resources, which generate the majority of the planet's oxygen and are the main drivers of our weather are under assault from warming, overfishing, plasticization, acidification, contamination, depletion, coral bleaching, etc. The livelihoods of countless coastal communities are threatened. How do we build a new relationship between humanity and aquatic ecosystems? What are the key trimtabs to create this kind of change? What are the key critical challenges for the next ten years? How do we get more people to understand the opportunities?

Panelists: John Todd, (ecological design pioneer, president, John Todd Design); Bren Smith (Executive Director and Co-founder, Greenwave); Gena Wirth (Design Principal, SCAPE Studio)
Moderator: Erin Meezan (VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Interface, Inc.)

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Urban Ecosystems - Our species is now predominantly urban. How we organize, develop and manage our cities—and the materials, goods, services, and resources required to sustain them—will be key determinants of our ability to thrive in the future. How do we transform our megalopolises into sustainable, resilient human settlements in the face of climate change? What does an integrated approach look like, in terms of ensuring that our cities are healthy, energy neutral, safe, culturally inclusive, aesthetically energizing places to live?

Panelists: Ryan Chin (Managing Director, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab); Eden Bruckman, (Senior Green Building Coordinator, City of SF, Dept. of Environment; Co-founder, The Living Building Challenge); Kate Orff (Founder and Partner, SCAPE Studio)
Moderator: Andrew Revkin, (Senior reporter, ProPublica; Editor, NYTimes dot.earth blog)

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Resilience Strategies - What does it take to work on the whole system? In the face of setbacks, disappointments, and obstacles, how do we remain inspired to solve humanity’s most pressing problems? Complexity creates so much uncertainty. How can designers, inventors, and innovators face the unknown and remain proactive? What types of resources and tools are necessary for a systemic approach to persist in the long-term? How can we ensure that the strategies we enact through our work do not lose sight of the big picture?

Panelists: Bren Smith (Executive Director and Co-founder, Greenwave); Jody Holmes (Director, The Rainforest Solutions Project); Tre' Cates (Chief Operations Officer, Savory Institute); Trupti Jain (Co-Founder, Bhungroo); Biplab Ketan Paul (Co-Founder, Bhungroo); Gavin McIntyre (Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Ecovative)
Moderator: Renee Lertzman (Social psychologist; Author, Melancholia: psychoanalytic dimensions of engagement; climate change communication expert)

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