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We congratulate winner Dr. John Todd of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award. Dr. Todd is also on our Research Advisory Board and our Founder, Dr. Hazel Henderson, was one of the Judges.

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MAY 2nd, 2008 NEW YORK CITY The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce that Comprehensive Design for a Carbon Neutral World: The Challenge of Appalachia submitted by Dr. John Todd has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Dr. John Todds comprehensive design strategy to bring about a carbon neutral world, in the opinion of this jury, best embodies the bold, visionary approach to large scale societal transformation pioneered by Buckminster Fuller. Dr. Todds proposal sets forth a profound vision to heal the environmental and economic scars of the Appalachian region and a detailed strategy to build a dynamic sustainable economic basis for lasting renewal, said the Buckminster Fuller Challenge jurors in a statement about their decision.

Dr. Todds vision sets forth a new theory of ecological design weaving together a set of processes – from restoration of land to geo-sequestration of carbon, to community involvement, to long-term economic vitality – to create a blueprint for a future for Appalachia that envisions a harmonious self-sustaining community. This is one of the only true whole systems projects that is place based but widely applicable. To read the full statement by the jury, visit:

Allegra Fuller Snyder, Fullers daughter, remarked, My father identified himself as a Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Scientist. Each word is essential to understanding in what way he felt an individual must be competent to be effective in fully implementing constructive visions for our collective planetary future. John Todds response meets that Challenge, literally and figuratively. My father, who knew, and admired, Dr. Todds work in the 1970s, would certainly agree.

The selection by the jury of Dr. Todds project sets the bar for the Challenge for years to come. We are thrilled the jury selected a courageous and truly integrated vision that sets forth a detailed strategy to bring about a vibrant and life-sustaining future. The depth and breadth of this vision is stunning and I hope it becomes a catalyst for reflection and lively discussion across disciplines about contemporary approaches to solving the major issues facing us today, said Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

In addition to selecting the winner, the jury also identified two runners-up for their innovative work.The Barefoot Collegesubmitted by Bunker Roy was selected as the first runner-up andPromoting Biogas and Training Bedouin Womensubmitted by Kevin Leopold was selected as the second runner-up.

The winner will receive a $100,000 prize at a press conference and conferring ceremony June 23rd, 2008 at 2pm at The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in New York City.

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