Power An LED Lamp By Kicking The Energy-Harnessing SOCCKET Soccer Ball.

SOCCKET energy-harnessing soccer ball
SOCCKET in play.The SOCCKET from Uncharted Play, Inc. is a soccer ball that self-charges when people play with it. Thirty minutes of kicking the SOCCKET around will store enough power to run an LED lamp for 3 hours. It’s on Kickstarter looking for funding. According to CNET, if they’re successful on Kickstarter, Uncharted play will introduce a USB version. Who knows, maybe they’ll one day be able to produce SOCCKETs in quantity and follow the “One for One” model developed by Toms Shoes. [CNET]


Is TOMS Shoe’s One-For-One Model Broken?

TOMS Shoes  Blake MycoskieFastCo.Exist posted an article about TOMS Shoes and the failings of their “Buy-One, Give-One” program. It’s the much discussed idea from founder Blake Mycoskie to donate one pair of shoes in a developing country for every pair purchased. The article’s author, Cheryl Davenport, points out that the main problem with the program is that it only covers feet when more important basic needs are not being met. According to Ms. Davenport:

…the charitable act of donating a free pair of shoes serves as little more than a short-term fix in a system in need of long-term, multi-faceted economic development, health, sanitation, and education solutions.

The article mentions the work of Oliberté Footwear and their efforts in Africa to create jobs and boost the economy rather than just putting shoes on feet.

Personally, I don’t think TOMS Shoes should change their model for one basic reason: it’s simple. So many complicate the act of giving by explaining how their doing this and building that – TOMS just puts shoes on feet that wouldn’t have them otherwise. The economic benefits of providing shoes is immeasurable and the process of giving is direct and simple. TOMS, please don’t change. [FastCo.Exist]