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sOccket - reTHINK FUNction
At Uncharted Play, we have one goal: convince the masses to reTHINK FUNction. Who says solutions to global problems have to be boring? By optimizing the functionality of play, we hope to address issues of global importance while injecting more joy into each day. For the sOccket, the flagship movement of Uncharted Play, this means taking a sport loved around the world and harnessing this passion to provide real, environmentally-friendly energy to power electrical appliances like LED lamps, water sterilization devices and mini refrigerators. We also hope that our innovation will inspire others to dream and create as well. Innovation is nothing if not contagious, and our goal is to lead by example, paving the way for people around the world to fix the issues facing humanity while keeping joy at the forefront of their lives.
Tom Yorton & his Second City Communications team do remarkable work assisting business organizations with the art of storytelling, innovation & having a bit of FUN too!
Gotta love the web! My daily Google search for the phrase “business innovation” sent an email alert for this innovation gathering that’s happening in Providence, RI this week…
The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) shares “proof of concept” at BIF-5
The BIF-5 Collaborative Innovation Summit, co-hosted by Bruce Nussbaum and Bill Taylor, will bring together today’s most compelling innovators, business model renegades and true transformers to discuss innovation success through personal storytelling. Over two days you will hear twenty five stories about creating change and directly connect with pioneers who created environments and opportunities where transformative innovation emerged.
Learn more about The Business Innovation Factory (BIF)
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All of the inventions are ingenious & have the capacity to improve the human condition but…I’m kinda partial to invention #14!
DIY Soccer Balls
Soccer—or “football”—is a sport played all over the world, and the ball being kicked can range from top-quality World Cup balls, to handmade plastic or cloth ones. Some DIY soccer ball designs have been leveraged into viable business enterprises creating jobs for stitchers through local production. All DIY soccer balls represent a design achievement in bringing the sport to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it. Liza Forester and Marti Guixe focused on the creation of a sustainable enterprise in the development of the conceptual project, Let’s Kick It, which provides women and orphan girls afflicted by AIDS with patterns to stitch fabric soccer balls that are then stuffed with plastic bags and sold. Make your own DIY balls using football tape and recycle plastic bags as seen in the photo above.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sep 2009
Mintel, a leading market research company, reviews global consumer trends of 2009…
It’s not going to be all work and no play for today’s consumers. Even as the economy drags people down financially and emotionally, Mintel sees a continued focus on enjoyment and life fulfillment. While people around the world still feel pessimistic, Mintel sees them discovering ways to transform their lifestyles and lighten the mood.
Harry Foster, global analyst at Mintel, comments on the greatest themes in consumer behavior this year:
“At the end of last year, we knew 2009 was going to be difficult for people across the globe. But as we review our five consumer trend predictions, we see that optimism has steadily balanced out stress and economic hardship. The first half of the year was especially challenging, but with tentative, recent green shoots of recovery, we expect people’s attitudes to brighten considerably in coming months. Consumers have a resilient ability to stay positive amid tough circumstances.”
Last year, Mintel forecast five global consumer trends for 2009. Mid-year, the market research firm uses insight from expert analysts and new market research to take stock of how these trends are playing out:
Of the 5 global consumer trends identified in the Mintel report, PLAYFULNESS is included! The PLAY Movement is truly gaining the attention it deserves as a valuable resource to assist the global community’s effort to BOUNCE out of these challenging times, CHASE new innovation & remind us that we all need a little stress relief (aka RECESS for the soul) - Got PLAY?! Read more…
From the GAMECHANGERS website:
Architecture for Humanity and Nike are proud to announce the first recipient of the GAMECHANGERS funding to Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first co-educational skateboarding school. Skateistan works with young boys and girls between 5 - 17 years from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. With funding assistance from a range of funding sources, Skateistan is undertaking the construction of Kabul’s first indoor skate park at Ghazi Stadium.
Learn more about this amazing sport for a better world project. Got Ollies?!
Got a project idea?! Go HERE!
*Beyond Sport 2009 Shortlist
From the Beyond Sport website:
Beyond Sport seeks to celebrate and support any individual or group, from the grassroots to the global, with the goal to drive positive change through sport.
Congratulations to the 2009 Beyond Sport Awards Shortlist! These Shortlisted projects were chosen from over 265 entries that submitted applications to this year’s Awards. By reaching this stage of the judging process, they will each receive an invitation to attend the Beyond Sport Summit on July 7-9 in London.
Thanks to the unique support and goodwill of Beyond Sport’s Global Partner, Virgin Atlantic, representatives from these projects will be flown from all over world to the Summit in London, where accommodation will also be provided.
The winners will be announced on the final day of the Summit, with the successful projects in the six Beyond Sport Foundation Award categories receiving £10,000 each and a package of support especially designed to aid them in becoming sustainable in the future.
Well done…I’m really looking forward to meeting the Shortlist Winners in July!
In this episode of The Katalyst, Kevin is joined by his friend and colleague Meg Daly, who has worked with Kevin as an editor on several books and a creative collaborator on projects. Kevin will allow the listener to “eavesdrop” on his thoughts and conversations about inspiration, life and his work as an author, speaker and human catalyst.Download Podcast
The Zeum is “a non-profit multimedia arts and technology museum with a mission to foster creativity and innovation in young people of all backgrounds, communities and learning styles. By providing hands-on experiences in four core creative processes (animation, sound and video production, live performance and visual arts), we encourage youth to share their stories, build their voices, and use multimedia tools for creative self-expression.”
Here are a few outtakes from my visit there in ‘07:
One of the exhibits there is by an organization called World Savvy which: “provides educational programs and services with the aim of informing young people about issues such as poverty, conflict and peace building, human rights, and the environment. World Savvy’s goals are to develop students’ skills to prepare them for their future as global citizens, enhance their understanding of world affairs and develop their sense of responsibility and global citizenship.”
If you’re ever in San Francisco hanging out with the kids - or the kid in you - Zeum is a must-see.
What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!