Great ideas from this week: Collaborate, Quench, Earn

As you can probably tell from Monday’s blog post, this was a busy week. Actually, it was a record-setting week in a record-setting quarter. It killed me not to blog as much as I normally do but I had to focus on clients or else they’d gather in a mob with pitchforks and torches and break down my door. (But I love each and every one of them).

Anyway, while I was working and NOT blogging, I did stumble across a number of absolutely brilliant ideas — organizations, websites, and concepts. I bookmarked them throughout the week and am delivering them all here to atone for my quiet blog.

Idea #1: Collaboration tool

I’m big on collaboration: I use GoogleDocs, MindMeister, Zoho, and other sites for immediate collaboration. But I’m also a visual thinker and you’ll notice that I may be a writer but I usually map something out before I turn it into words. And that’s where the first great idea comes from: ImaginationCubed. This site is from GE and it’s a free drawing tool you can share with others. I’m sure there are similar services from others but I liked this one for its clean, simple look and intuitive interface.

Idea #2: Storage rental

You may remember me writing about iStopOver, a site that helps to match businesses with spare office space and travelling business people who need the space. Great idea, great value proposition for buyers and sellers. Well, I did a bit of work for a new client this week who is based out of Australia. His site is StoreroomRental.com and his business proposition is similar: Homeowners and businesses have lots of extra space (spare rooms, closets, sheds, garages). StoreroomRentals helps to match people who want to rent out that extra space with people who need the space, want convenient proximity, and don’t want to rent a large space from a commercial storage facility. It’s a great idea and turns all that extra room that we all have in our homes and offices into revenue-generating space. I’m excited to think about the possiblities in front of his business!

Idea #3: Water for the world

I like to think about business but I’m not all about business. There are people in the world that need our help. I’m usually a “teach them to fish” kind of guy. Today, I stumbled by total accident across this site: Hipporoller.org. They point out that many people in third world countries go to the local watersource and use dirty, heavy containers (even gas cans!) to lug water back home. They can’t bring much (have you ever tried to move jugs of water cross country?) and they’re not carrying it in a safe manner. Hipporoller has build sturdy round water containers that carry a lot of water, they roll across the ground, and they bring more water back home in a clean, safe container. That is huge.

Idea #4: Another collaboration tool

I like Google. They have consistently changed the web in several ways. This latest collaboration tool, I believe could be a game changer. It’s called Google Wave. If you think about the benefits of collaborating in GoogleDocs and the interactive communication in Facebook and the feel of real time conversation snippets in DMs on Twitter, this builds on those. Here is a video. It’s long; I don’t expect you to watch it all, but watch some of it. It seems like it will be a go-to collaboration environment for me and I love that they will come out of the gate with many apps ready-to-go.

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