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Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives?

Meet Jessica, a real power player: she invented a soccer ball that generates electricity when you kick it. Play a quick game of soccer with your friends, and you can power your household light for an entire evening.

Jessica tested her idea in South Africa and Kenya. Now she has her own company called sOccket to help her spread her big idea all over the world. And she's not the only young social innovator changing where and how we can get power.

Meet Hugo, born and raised in South Africa. He makes technology that allows anyone, anywhere to make electricity from dirt in their own backyard. To share his solution, Hugo started a company called Lebone -- pronounced [La - bo - ney] -- it's the Northern Sotho word for light, lamp, or candle.

Your LEARN mission this week is to figure out: Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives? Find someone working on a creative electricity project, or a sustainable energy project -- and tell the network about their big idea.

Find the power players:

Try searching "social entrepreneur" and "electricity", OR "social innovation" and "energy", OR "sustainable energy" and "creative solution". Whose great idea can YOU discover?

Your objective:

Find a POWER PLAYER: someone who is working on an amazing electricity or sustainable energy project. Share your discovery with the network in a blog post, photo or video.

This objective is worth +3 knowledge share.

Get credit for your evidence! After you submit your evidence in a blog post, photo or video, go to the newly posted evidence page and log your evidence for this objective. Then you'll receive credit on your profile page!


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Comment by Laci Whaley on April 17, 2014 at 10:40pm

I think that there are many places and people working to improved sustainable and renewal energy.
Solar panels and wind I believe are two great examples.

Comment by MIchael Blake Yungmann on April 17, 2014 at 12:14am

The Great Outdoor Gym Company has invented a gym that harvests the energy spent exercising and converts it into electricity. It has an option for users to calculate their BMI and see how much energy they have generated. This system in currently in the United Kingdom and is designed to give office workers a way to take their workout outside.

Comment by Kevin Herzog on April 9, 2014 at 4:00am

I chose Mike Bermmann of Revolution Energy which is a renewable energy developer. And they focus on a financial model called a ‘Power Purchase Agreement,’ to help deploy renewable energy in an affordable manner to all hosts and clients we see within the state and within the region.

Comment by Abigail Griffin on February 3, 2014 at 2:00am

The power player that I found is named Stephen Wood, who is an assistant professor at Florida Institute of Technology. Wood is working on creating Wing Waves, which can be placed under the sea and produce electricity from the water. It is estimated that one square mile of Wing Waves can produce enough electricity to power about 200,000 houses. In regards to possible negative impacts on sea life, it has been proven that the wings are environmentally friendly and will not negatively impact sea life.

Comment by Elizabeth Ordway on October 9, 2013 at 8:20pm

Awesome to use every day activities to create energy!

Comment by Nathaniel G Madden on April 29, 2013 at 11:50am

India is currently spending more on social innovation in this sector than the US and making far more progress. LEARN3

Comment by Eric Connor Lieberman on December 13, 2012 at 9:53pm

Jessica's idea will deffently create a lot of energy, but so will Hugo's.

Comment by Clayton Broom on December 9, 2012 at 7:47pm

Hugo's idea is a very innovative idea. The issue would be teaching people how to operate the power source. There is no way that every person in Africa would have the intelligence or technical expertise to make this work. As for Jessica's idea... It's certainly possible, but the issue would be how easily everyone including criminals could access energy.

Comment by Rob Brannan on December 6, 2012 at 3:54am

Hugo's idea will change Africa. This will allow the various people in Africa with the ability to have energy. Also, this energy will provide the region with sustainable energy without having the adverse environmental impacts.

Comment by Brittany Pearson on December 4, 2012 at 9:36pm

I think that Hugo has a REALLY good idea. Also, Jessica's idea could really change south Africa in a BIG way

Comment by Robert Breeser on November 30, 2012 at 12:00am

Jessica's idea could really change the face of power because in places like South Africa, soccer is a sport played by many. By introducing sOccket to the people there, more people could get power.

Comment by Ellie Addington on November 4, 2012 at 8:37pm

I love Jessica's idea! I think it is great that kids can have fun while being productive. I know that in some places it takes hard work to get electricity. Instead of mothers telling their children to go turn a heavy wheal or something like that, they can say go play soccer! That is great!

Comment by Brian Hill on November 2, 2012 at 1:58am

I could not find any others, but I do love Jessica and Hugo's ideas. Just the pure creativeness of the ideas is amazing. I mean, how do they come up with this stuff? The big thing about sOccket is that soccer is the most-played sport, with over 250 million players worldwide as of 2000. Hugo's idea might be a little more successful because almost anyone who owns a home, which is well over the amount of soccer players in the world, which will result in more use of the product. Although, sOccket will get sponsored by FIFA and Nike,etc., and labone might succeed Scott's, MiracleGro, etc. in the soil/garding section. Overall, I think that both innovations will be extremely successful.

Comment by Steven Jackson on November 2, 2012 at 1:48am

I think Jessica has a very good idea kids can stay fit and make energy.

Comment by Medardo Vazquez Cruz on October 19, 2012 at 4:52pm

I think Jessica's idea is genius. It can help kids make energy for their while having fun. This idea could encourage kids to stay fit. I think this invention can change many lives.

Comment by Peter Thomas Duncan on October 19, 2012 at 2:15am

Comment by Peter Thomas Duncan on October 19, 2012 at 2:15am

Jessicas invention could change many lives in Africa and people all around the world that favor sports.
Some ways you could make ideas better could be making easy ways to travel foods and water for the more poor people to survive. Jessica's invention could change our world deeply and we keep on innovating like her.

Comment by John Smith on October 19, 2012 at 2:12am

Since I couldn't find anything on the online, I will say what I know. Many people are starting to use either different sources of energy or a new way to create energy. Jessica's and Hugo's ideas are amazing. Many people all over the world play soccer and just think how muck dirt and soil is in your backyard. These people are finding new, innovative ways to make energy for people who probably don't have as much.

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