Beach and Ocean Clean Ups

beachcleanupwhirledviewsIn India, a 33 year-old lawyer and a retired businessman in his 80s walked down to a 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach one day and began the biggest beach clean up in history. Word spread that they were trying to clean the beach and over 500 volunteers have participated in removing more than 1.3 million kilograms of trash from this one beach.

Another article about this pair estimates that there are 13 million tonnes of plastic and other rubbish that pollutes the world’s oceans, that’s 26,000,000,000,000 kilograms!

surfersgarbagebinwhirledviewsWho is going to invent the great ideas for cleaning up the oceans?

Here’s one great idea by two young surfers in Australia. There’s a video in the article worth seeing to believe. It looks so simple.

Then there’s this idea from a then 19-year-old Boyan Slat, a student in The Netherlands. You can watch the TEDx Talk he gave when he was 20 about the ocean’s plastic problem here.

edible6packwhirledviewsA small beer brewery has invented an edible 6-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable. There’s a short 2 minute video about it in this article. One point they make is that the cost of this product that is better the environment will go down if it becomes more widely used. Why would that be important?

Ideas for keeping our oceans and environment clean can come from anywhere.
Which ideas will work?
Will they make money?
Will they make the world better?
Do you have a better idea how to clean up our beaches and oceans?

Plus-size Fashion’s Undiscovered Profits

Tim Gunn is a famous fashion designer, fashion school instructor and reality TV host of Project Runway. He has complained that not enough designers are making clothes for plus-sized women despite many women being in this size range.

ashleytiptonfashionwhirledviewsAshley Neil Tipton won season 14 of Project Runway by designing for plus-sized women. She now has a line of clothing launching at a popular department store in the United States.

It is estimated that this is a 133 billion RMB market in the USA alone (20 billion USD). Is that enough money to motivate a business to focus selling clothes to plus-size women? Is that enough money that there should be more companies competing for that business?


The Parts of Success Seen and Not

Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb said of his earlier efforts: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Consider the below graphic and how it relates to that quote. We usually only think of Edison as the successful inventor, not as Edison the man of 10,000 failures.

The graphic below uses an iceberg. 90% of an iceberg is below the water line and out of sight while we see 10% above water if we are in a nearby boat or land location.

In the graphic below, can you see some relationships between business success and school success?


Our Driverless Future from City to Farm?

The first driverless public bus began operating in Lyon, France, during the first weekend of September 2016. You can read more about it and visit the website of the company – Navya – that built the bus they call Arma.

NavyaBusWhirledViewsStaying in France, the driverless subway that has operated in France since 1998 is adding 6 kilometres more of subway line to its service in the coming years.

A little over a week ago, nuTonomy (a new start-up tech business) and local partners began testing the first driverless taxis in Singapore.

Driverless isn’t just for city-life. CNH Industries unveiled two designs for driverless tractors at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa USA during the last week of August 2016. The video of their tractors, like all these vehicles, are impressive.

What happens to all of today’s taxi drivers, bus drivers and farmers if these vehicles of the future become the new normal?

The Navya bus press-kit is interesting. Without reading it, if you quickly look through all the pictures, are there things you would add to the pictures?

Businessman vs. Entrepreneur Graphic Starring Watermelon

A friend of the blog who is an entrepreneur that started her own education business posted this graphic of how an entrepreneur is different than a businessman.

What do you think the graphic is saying?

Do you agree with it?

Do you have some agreement and some disagreement with the representation?


The Minimum Age to Start a Business

This article on 9 Amazing (Very) Young Entrepreneurs features people as young as the age of 6 starting a business career. Lizzie Marie Likness developed her cooking empire because she was LizzieMarieLiknessinterested in cooking from the age of 2 and wanted to pay for horseback riding lessons at age 6. He business model to pay for horseback riding lessons became her passion: cooking. She formerly blogged at Lizzie Marie Cuisine and now blogs at Wandering the Gap.