Review the entries in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2009 for breakthrough ideas to current crises.
The entries to the 2009 Buckminster Fuller Challenge  are now available for view in the Idea Index , an open-source database of solutions to the world's most pressing problems.The entries listed in the Idea Index range from a radical solution to human transportation in the world's largest cities to a strategy to dramatically increase crop yields and economic development in remote African villages. While the entries cover a broad range of topics, the common thread among them is a highly integrated approach to design - one that is simultaneously comprehensive, anticipatory and aligned with nature'sfundamental principles. This focus on an integrated design strategy is what distinguishes the Challenge and the innovators who have submitted their work from other prize programs.These new additions to the Idea Index represent a growing pool of knowledge about how to tackle some of the most inexorable problems facing our global society - ready to be picked up and put into action by investors, philanthropists, designers, artists, policymakers, and anyone who wants to change the world. To read the full press release, visit the Challenge website  http://challenge.bfi.org/press/2009_idea_index