Off-grid living is still a thing

Whether for financial or environmental reasons, the trend of “off-grid” living doesn’t seem to be diminishing. There have been an explosion of blogs and reality TV shows these past several years dedicated to living off the electrical grid. Three years ago a survey showed that 1.7 billion people in the world live off the grid.

Eco-friendly leather: Made from mushrooms!

Leather is great, but it’s a resource–intensive product that many would rather avoid, for environmental and animal safety reasons.  Here’s the story of how one company – MycoWorks – found a solution in nature. The company created a leather-like product grown rapidly from mycelium and agricultural byproducts in a carbon-negative process. In other words: Mushrooms!

Shoes of the future?

Here’s an interesting product I think is long overdue: Shoes that wrap around your feet like socks, and allow you to walk comfortably on hard or rocky surfaces. The brand name is Furoshiki: For about $110 you can get this innovation from Vibram. The Japanese company states: The concept for this type of footwear was

Laughter: Good for Innovation!

I came across a post from a few years ago, and had almost forgotten how funny this was: When Good Laughs Inspire Innovation         by Stefan Lindegaard Have you ever thought that bringing people together on innovation is like hearding cats? Cheryl Perkins, founder of InnovationEdge made me laugh when she included this video in

Five Ways to Disrupt the Disruptors

There’s a new breed of digital disruptors that are impacting everything. My friend Robert Tucker at Innovation Resource has penned a piece about disruption trends in the coming months. At FIS’s banking conference in Orlando last month, the talk was of digital disruption. As if Dodd-Frank financial regulations and blockchain technology weren’t enough to contend

Top 70 Toy Innovations

School’s out for most children, or will be in a week or two for everyone. What will keep their minds entertained?  Parents looking to think outside of the toybox might want to consider these ideas. From educational electricity kits to plastic pizza frisbees, the toy industry is using technology and creative insights to shape what