I love elegant design solutions for problems that are more important than some of the silly things that we think of as problems in the first world.
Their mission is simple, make shoes that will last longer for the kids that need them most and then work to find people who can distribute them to groups of children in need, while also helping those groups raise the money to fund the shoes to take with them and distribute.
Today I came across a video for the shoes that grow highlighted in this video:
The design challenge was pretty simple, how can you design a children’s shoe with a reasonable cost that:
- Lasts for several years
- Changes shape so that it continues to fit as the child grows (in this case it is designed to grow up to five sizes)
- Breathes as the majority of children in need live in warmer climates
What do you think? Innovation or not?
For more information, please visit http://theshoethatgrows.org
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Braden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of a revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.