Ok, so choosing examples of smart ideas is always going to be a bit subjective.
What criteria do I use to define smart?
Hint: I don't use the marketing version of "smart" product, generally meaning that the product is connected to the Internet.
Instead, here are the guidelines that I use when I look for a smart idea worth sharing...
It's got to be clever - a good use of time, materials and energy to: meet needs, solve problems or add joy or beauty to our lives. It should be good for you and good for others - ideally a net gain for society.
I also look for ideas that are: easy, quick, save money and / or save time, and save energy.
Bonus points for ideas that are innovative and sustainable.
Or, sometimes I'll include a smart idea because I think it’s just plain clever!
Perhaps it's an innovative approach to design or an everyday task or product that is a smart improvement. You know, the kind of smart features that makes you go, hmm, that's a nice touch!
I’ll be adding to my list as I come
across smart ideas, both big and small, so check back often.
Hope you find it helpful!
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