Innovation & Design

Coworking: It’s More Than Beer on Tap and Sexy Cube Farms

August 19th, 2016 by

In the past five years, coworking spaces have emerged as go-to places to set up shop for everything from freelancers to early-stage startups. These days you can find coworking options in cities from Fargo to San Francisco, and most offer a built-in community to connect with other entrepreneurs and change-makers – and sometimes even funders….

Design Engineering in the Circular Economy

May 7th, 2015 by

The circular economy is an industrial model designed and managed around circular flows of renewable, long-lasting, high value, low carbon, low entropy, low waste, non-toxic resources, products and processes. It is the systemic solution for a sustainable advanced economy, operating within and not against natural processes and the Earth’s capacity to support life in all…

A Science Lover Defends the Value of Illustration

November 7th, 2014 by

Although November 3-8th, has been Illustration Week in New York City, many New Yorkers don’t know this week exists. Don’t bother searching for it on the websites of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine or the Village Voice because you’ll come up empty. The art directors of these periodicals…

Hacking the Way to Eco-Innovation

October 16th, 2014 by

Eco-innovation is the practice of developing and shaping ideas into useful forms to create business value and benefit the environment at the same time. Eco-innovating with apps also bolsters brand awareness, engagement and optimization. Modeled after successful eco-friendly app development programs in New York City and San Diego, the NTx Apps Challenge generates software-based solutions…

NTx Apps Challenge: On Your Mark, Get Set, CODE!

July 29th, 2014 by

It’s 101 degrees outside and most of Dallas is seeking refuge from the usual heat in the usual ways: at the pool, mall, movies or the museum. But I’m here at the “DEC” (the Dallas Entrepreneur Center), a collaborative office space on the second floor of a renovated red brick building in the West End…

LEED for Roads: Greener Infrastructure Gains Momentum

July 10th, 2014 by

Snaking 1.7 miles through the mountains of west Denver, the Eisenhower Tunnel, at 11,158 feet above sea level, represents the highest point of the U.S. Interstate Highway system. But nearly 60 years since President Eisenhower initiated the greatest public works project in history, the 47,000-mile stretch of roads has its share of potholes. According to…

Bringing the outdoors in: Creative nature apps

May 27th, 2014 by

It’s become common to ask kids in this day and age to go outside, and then to listen as they beg and plead to stay inside playing video games with your iPhone or iPad. But what if we could make the outdoors as addictive as Flappy Bird or Candy Crush? Like it or not, times…

Eco-friendly Fashion You Can Actually Afford

April 14th, 2014 by

Social entrepreneur starts eco-fashion consultancy with “Made in the USA” sustainable clothing “Clean, cheap and domestic.” Those were the selling points for natural gas that T. Boone Pickens used when I interviewed him back in 2009 for my book Green, American Style. Since then, I’ve learned more dirt about the downside of extracting this cleaner-burning fossil…

Buzzcar on Building a ‘Platform for Participation’

February 25th, 2014 by

Here’s a novel solution to America’s growth problem: export our human resources to other countries. In Charles Kenny’s article in Foreign Policy, he argues that given our unemployment rate of 7 percent, it would be “far better for everyone if they were employed abroad rather than sitting idly at home.” Idle is the operative term. While some…

Turning beer bottles into blue jeans

February 9th, 2014 by

May 20th, 1873 was the birthday of the blue jean. German innovator Levi Strauss first created the iconic garment for local miners who needed durable apparel to withstand the rigors of their workday. But blue jeans have evolved from their humble origins. No longer relegated to clothing for cowboys, blue jeans now adorn runway models,…