Condoms that actually feel good. Cardboard furniture. Micro apartments. No wait—pico apartments. Here is the best we saw in design for social good this year.
“Our generation admires people who are creating products and companies that do things to make the world a better place.”
In the U.S., Avon ladies helped pioneer the door-to-door sales business model while peddling makeup and perfumes. Today, one at a time, women are fanning out to reach some of the world’s most remote markets with desperately needed goods and services. How a traveling salesforce of women could bridge Africa’s “last mile.”
Alex Bogusky is one of The 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses
In 2010, Alex Bogusky surprised the advertising industry by leaving Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
He now works in the social good sector with:
The FearLess Revolution - a nonprofit consultancy.
COMMON -a collaborative network for accelerating social ventures.
MadeMovement - a new agency dedicated to the resurgence in American manufacturing.
How To Power 10 Million Off-Grid African Homes In 10 Years
Taking cues from the pay-as-you-go mobile phone market, Erica Mackey and Off.Grid:Electric are working to deliver clean, affordable energy to the world’s rural poor.
"The poorest people people pay the most money for the dirtiest power," says Mackey, the 30-year-old COO. "And these people are technically the most risk averse, because anything they lose is a huge hit to them. What we do is centralize that risk. And that allows us to serve the people the national grid doesn’t find profitable."
Find out how they plan to do it here.
You probably haven’t heard of D-Rev, but its products—including a revolutionary new prosthetic knee—are making a huge splash in the rest of the world.
This is the latest video in The Unreasonables, a series tracking the participants in the most recent Unreasonable Institute. To see what’s coming up, watch a preview of the whole season and see a list of all the episodes here.
How To Find Millions Of Dollars In Garbage
Luis Duarte’s recycling company is moving into a bleak market: Virtually no one recycles in Mexico. But that also means opportunity. There’s a lot of cash to be made mining raw materials from other people’s waste.
How Haiti’s Earthquake Inspired LinkedIn’s Skill-based Volunteer Marketplace