Blue Ventures competing in the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

23 March 2011, London. Blue Ventures was this week announced as a semi-finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual international design challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of projects that have significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.

Of the 161 entries this year, only 21 have been chosen as semi-finalists. Dubbed "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award" by Metropolis Magazine, the challenge attracts bold, visionary, tangible initiatives focused on a well-defined needs of critical importance.

Winning solutions are regionally specific yet globally applicable and present a truly comprehensive, anticipatory, integrated approach to solving the world's complex problems.

"Blue Ventures entered the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge as the award supports innovative initiatives that have significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems,” commented Ben Metz, Development Director at Blue Ventures.  “The conservation work of Blue Ventures is entering a critical period as our projects are now being replicated internationally. The networks, increased profile and support that winning the Challenge would provide us could be decisive in ensuring our models for community-based marine conservation and social enterprise reach their full potential.”

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures’ approach to marine conservation uses social entrepreneurship models to tackle some of the critical challenges facing marine biodiversity and coastal communities.   Working amongst some of the world’s poorest coastal communities, Blue Ventures develops community-owned marine conservation solutions through integrated conservation and development.

Blue Ventures’ highly acclaimed initiatives encompass marine and fisheries research, sustainable aquaculture, family planning, environmental education, fisheries management and protected area development. The integration of such a broad range of synergistic activities represents a globally-unique approach to the development of sustainable and holistic community-led marine and coastal conservation in developing world countries.

Blue Ventures’ entry can be viewed on the Idea Index on the Challenge website ( By participating in the Challenge, Blue Ventures is honoured to become part of a global network that is innovating the kind of high impact solutions to social and environmental challenges that the world so desperately needs.


About Blue Ventures

See Blue Ventures’ 2010 Do Lecture describing how the Vezo people of Madagascar are leading the way for marine sustainability, putting much of the rest of the world to shame (

Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organisation, dedicated to working with local communities to conserve threatened marine environments. Our highly acclaimed conservation programmes work with some of the world’s poorest coastal communities to develop conservation and alternative income initiatives to protect biodiversity and coastal livelihoods. The results of our work help us to propose new ideas to benefit coastal communities everywhere.


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