Each year a distinguished jury awards a $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems. Entries are now being accepted and the deadline is midnight, Eastern Time on October 30, 2009.
Entrants must put forward a bold, visionary, tangible initiative that is focused on a well-defined need of critical importance. Proposed solutions must represent a preferred state model – one that aims to optimize conditions from inception in order to create the most desirable, sustainable, future outcome. Entries should be regionally specific yet globally applicable, and backed up by a solid plan and the capability to move the solution forward.
Entries must be:
•Comprehensive — applies a whole systems approach to all facets of the design and development process; aims to simultaneously address multiple goals, requirements, conditions and issues;
•Anticipatory — factoring in critical future trends and needs as well as projected impacts of implementation in the short and long term;
•Ecologically responsible — reflecting nature's underlying principles while enhancing the Earth’s life-support systems;
•Feasible — relying on current know-how, technology and existing resources;
•Verifiable — able to withstand rigorous empirical testing;
•Replicable — able to scale and adapt to a broad range of conditions.