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Inventor, Business owner, Remodeler
ReDesign llc & Ricden llc
"Collect, Connect, Create & Critique Ideas"
I am a remodeler, businessman, inventor, social entrepreneur and NGO consultant. My passion is for creating practical solutions that meet the wants and needs of end users. I view the world, as full of potential; not problems. This view of the world is naturally expressed in the work that I do. As a remodeler/designer I experience this every time I meet with a client. The existing structure transforms in my mind to the new structure as the client describes their wants, needs and vision. I feel this same sense of potential when I see a pile of scrap material from a cabinet shop, a glass shop or construction site. As I see something, or hear someone talking about their organization I can sense, and see what it could be. The latent potential just simply needs to be drawn out. The quote by Michelangelo puts it very well: "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."
Ruby Cup is a similar product. They donate one cup to a woman in Africa for each one purchased; they are based out of Europe. I helped arrange a marketing study for this organization. It seemed like a environmentally friendly product, though concerns to me are that the Ruby Cup/Moon cup require clean water, and education (how to keep the cup sanitary, so it does not cause more problems than it solves). A product that is both inexpensive, disposable yet biodegradable seems like a safer long term/user friendly/intuitive solution.