Founding Partners

NextNow Collaboratory focuses on social benefit projects using innovative info viz technologies to invite shifts in awareness and collaboration technologies to help mobilize collective action based on new awareness. We create leverage by matching resources in our networks with the needs of collaboration partners.


With an overarching mission of “evolving sustainable communities,” the Green Century Institute (GCI) was established in 2002 as an independent research and development association. It was founded by Henry Dakin, Michael Gosney, and Marc Kasky, pioneers in community-based development, sustainability and enabling technologies. GCI develops educational events and has explored the development of a model Bay Area ecocity, “Califia.” GCI is working on various initiatives to put ICT (Information and Communication) resources to work on sustainability programs, including the Green City Solutions group on, and the Techné Verde project (under the fiscal sponsorship of with the Buckminster Fuller Institute) working with the United Nations and various NGOs involved in sustainable consumption/production and communities, and leading technology developers.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. We aim to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.

Our programs combine unique insight into global trends and local needs with a comprehensive approach to design. We encourage participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on a crucial synthesis of whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview.

By facilitating convergence across the disciplines of art, science, design and technology, our work extends the profoundly relevant legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller. In this way, we strive to catalyze the collective intelligence required to fully address the unprecedented challenges before us.