Apparently the answer is “yes”, according to Jessica Matthews, the Co-Founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, Inc. After reading an article from a private prep school in my childhood stomping grounds about Ms. Matthews, a former student of that school, I learned that she and a former classmate at Harvard developed the “sOccket”, a soccer ball that can harness and store kinetic energy in the form of electrical energy for later use.
After 30 minutes of play time, the energy can power an LED light for three hours!
Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and played everywhere on a daily basis, so you can see how this can impact certain areas of the world almost immediately, let alone get people to re-think how we can address alternative energy development.
The sOccket will be distributed in Nigeria and Haiti and is being reviewed by the Clinton Global Initiative.
One of the things I tell my coaching clients is that it pays to be creative when starting or trying to grow your business, so think of what is missing and how you can fill that need. It doesn’t have to be a totally new business, just make it an added stream of income, if it agrees with your current offerings.