Jonathan, I am glad to see you are doing this. As we all know, social impact can be the facilitation of long term vision or response to calamity. I have had the opportunity to contribute to an initiative that addresses both in NYC; the connectivity needs of families, the aged and the disadvantaged on an ongoing basis and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Recently, I had the chance to create a brand ID for the Cooper Lumen Design Challenge. This is an innovative, cross-disciplinary design challenge for students at Cooper Union, aimed at creating a working prototype for a solar-powered public WiFi hotspot.
Unlike other solar powered products, the “Cooper Lumen” will uniquely combine the functions of providing public wireless internet, emergency lighting, and a charging station for computers and mobile devices.
The semester-long design initiative will commence in January 2014, and will include students from the Cooper Union schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering.
Learn more about this initiative and please direct like-minded urban improvers, inventors and facilitators to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-cooper-lumen-design-challenge to learn and be inspired.