‘The Sync’ Provides a Platform to Bring Social Innovations to Life In Thailand

July 5, 2012 by  
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Do you know where to turn if you have an idea that will make society better ? We are many who dream of change in our society, but turning those dreams into reality might prove to be a tricky deal. Soramist Chintanamanus , a recent MA graduate from the Interaction Design program at the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden, teamed up with social business incubator ‘ChangeFusion’ to create ‘The Sync’ , a social enterprise aiming to build a creative community for social entrepreneurs in Thailand. Image © Soramist Chintanamanus The inspiration behind the project comes from the collaborative environment of his school ‘Umeå Institute of Design’ where the students are encouraged to ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’. By bringing the same focus on implementation of ideas, ‘The Sync’ wants to encourage people going through an innovation process by creating a service ecosystem that provides a holistic experience . The concept consists of three main service touchpoints: an online platform, events, and a physical space created as an ecosystem to encourage and push user engagement to the next level. Both the digital and physical platform serve as co-working spaces for collaborations and to share and discuss ideas. The events organized will give that extra push needed to keep the creative fire burning. The Sync is now up and running in Bangkok, Thailand, and they are currently implementing the foundation for the community. + Soramist Chintanamanus + The Sync Images © Soramist Chintanamanus

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ES Pipe Waterwheel Generates Hydroelectricity Every Time You Turn on the Tap

July 5, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we love discovering products that generate power from everyday activities – innovations like piezoelectric energy-generating roads and human-powered clothing have the potential to change the world. That’s why were so intrigued by the ES Pipe Waterwheel – it’s a simple system that allows you to generate energy every time you turn on the tap. The Pipe Waterwheel is designed to be installed inline with existing pipes, and it uses the flow of waste water to turn a set of mini energy-generating turbines. Designed by Korean innovator  Ryan Jongwoo Choi , the ES Pipe Waterwheel is an independent system that contains mini turbines which generate power from flowing water. Every time someone turns on the tap, it creates energy which can then be stored for future use or implemented straight away. It is also easy to use and install. The ES Pipe Waterwheel can be placed along practically any length of water pumping piping. The waterwheel system then generates power every time someone turns on the tap for a drink of water or a shower. The product has been named as a finalist in the 2012 International Design Excellence Awards . Click below to watch the product in action. + Ryan Jongwoo Choi Via Yanko Design

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ES Pipe Waterwheel Generates Hydroelectricity Every Time You Turn on the Tap

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