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Please support Transition Network’s entry in the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Transition Network has taken on the highly prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge and has been shortlisted to be in the running for $100,000 to enable it to broaden and deepen its work, and we’d really appreciate it if you were able to support our application by joining BFI’s online community and submitting supportive comments on our page, or you could leave them here and we’ll forward them on.  We’d also be really grateful if you could let other people know about this request through any other networks you might have.  It shouldn’t take people a minute and it could make all the difference.  Thanks.  Here’s some more information about the Challenge: 

Transition Network is proud to announce that we have taken on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Our entry will be published in Idea Index 1.0 on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.  Named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, the Challenge is an annual international prize program that awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

We are thrilled to be a part of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge review process, which brings together influential design science leaders such as Josè Zaglul, Vandana Shiva, Danny Hillis, William McDonough, John Thackara, Hunter Lovins, Kenny Ausubal and Nina Simon.

Transition Network felt that it’s work, about supporting, training, networking and inspiring communities in making their local economies more resilient, entrepreneurial and local, fitted perfectly with Buckminster Fuller’s famous statement that “you never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”.

Transition initiatives in 34 countries around the world are putting this into practice, creating new economic models, new food businesses, community energy companies, local currencies and much more.  It is an exploration of what ‘engaged optimism’ looks like in practice, and has been widely recognized in a series of awards.  You can find out more at Transition Network is shortly to release a new film, ‘In Transition 2.0’ which captures many of these stories from around the world.

We expect to be a serious contender for the award, and winning the Challenge  would be a tremendous honour, but we are also very excited about the opportunity to become part of a network that is advancing and accelerating the practice of comprehensive, whole systems thinking and design to develop the kind of high impact global solutions we so desperately need. We look forward to an engaging review process, and should our project win, we plan to leverage the $100k to deepen our work in a variety of different ways.  Transition Network is proud to be affiliated with this important Challenge. Stay tuned, and thanks for your support!