PRESS RELEASE: Future of Fish shortlisted for $100,000 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Future of Fish, led by Cheryl Dahle, is proud to announce that we have taken on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Our entry has been published in Idea Index 1.0.

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. The review process 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.

“Our methods reflect exactly the kind of whole-systems thinking that Buckminster Fuller championed. For example, we sent anthropologists into the seafood supply chain to deeply understand the motivations in the industry before we invented a solution,” said Cheryl Dahle, FoF founder and executive director. “Today, the FoF business accelerator is working with 15 entrepreneurs whose ideas can help save our oceans.”

Future of Fish is a nonprofit incubator for innovators advancing seafood sustainability. We work with early-stage companies to help them launch, and with established companies to explore new business opportunities. Our FoF team includes experts in early-stage corporate development, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and food system supply chains. We select and develop companies that focus on increased efficiency, sustainable practices, and traceability in the seafood supply chain. Our approach to system change is to seed the supply chain with best practice leaders, whose success puts pressure on others to conform.

We encourage our community to participate in our project by joining BFI’s online community and submitting your comments on our Idea Index page.

“We expect to be a serious contender for the award, and winning the Challenge would be a tremendous honor,” Dahle said. “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 are proud to be affiliated with this important Challenge.”

Stay tuned!

 

Published February 17, 2012