July 18, 2018 UPDATE!!! Buckminster Fuller Science Challenge 2017 chose Reef Life Restoration out of 460 submittals from over 100 countries to be in the top 17% and included in Catalyst Program.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, you build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller
One of our ocean allies, Reef Life Restoration has been invited to participate in the 2017 Fuller Challenge Catalyst Program, a project of the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI). The purpose of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge is to “make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
Reef Life Restoration has created a revolutionary technology to repair and grow coral infrastructure using new types of cement and masonry matrices. Their proposal is to place this new oceanic nano material matrix into coral reef restorations projects around the world.
To Make the World Work
Reef Life’s proposal highlights an Oceanic Innovation System created by two of their youngest designers, Guyon Brenna and Andy Kuhlken. Their proposal included mooring stations that are designed to prevent damage to delicate reefs and seagrass from boat anchors, clip-on aquaculture farms for defunct oil rigs and offshore wind turbines. The full Reef Life submittal to Buckminster Fuller Challenge can be requested from CEO and Co-Founder Melody Brenna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In a few months, this technology will be reversing decline and growing new corals and new aquacultures so that fishing, underwater exploration and even underwater mining can be minimalized or even completely countered,” commented Reef Life’s Melody Brenna. Ms. Brenna states. “Our goal is to provide this world-changing technology to public, private, and other organizations to assist them in countering the destruction of one of the earth’s most precious resources.”
Invitations are extended to only 17% of entries
The invitation granted to Reef Life Restoration is a very big deal! Invitations into the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Catalyst Program were only issued to the Top Challenge entrants whose science went through two intense vetting sessions by Fuller Challenge Judges. The 10th Annual Challenge had the highest number of entrants, over 460 from 102 Countries, so competition for top places was tough! A proposal must meet the following criteria: Visionary, Comprehensive, Anticipatory, ecologically responsible, replicable, feasible and verifiable.
The Project Needs a Truly Integrated Strategy
In addition, “The project needs to present a truly integrated strategy, and by that we mean that the team has considered the interrelated domains of impact affecting the outcome of the solution. So, for example, a successful coastal restoration initiative upon which future human populations depend to survive would necessitate a vision that includes education, alternative economic development, alternative food production, potential policy change, etc.” says Elizabeth Thompson the founding director of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
Once a proposal is invited into the Challenge it can enjoy numerous benefits, most important, it is in contention to be awarded the grand prize of $100,000 plus additional support, funding opportunities and media coverage
Breaking News: As a result of being invited to participate in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the Reef Life Restoration Science Team has now been invited to present their proposal on Saving Coral Reefs at the second summit of young ocean leaders as a parallel event to the Our Ocean conference in Malta on 5-6 October 2017. Reef Life is asking for your financial support to help send their team of young scientists to Malta by making a donation here.
Our Ocean, An Ocean For Life Leadership Summit will bring together the next generation of entrepreneurs, political and civil society leaders, scientists and researchers to brainstorm and come up with visionary ideas on how to conserve and sustainably use Our Ocean, for the present and future generations.
By Bob Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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