Emergent Innovators

Below is a list of innovators whether they are people or organizations I believe speak well to the ideas behind emergent innovation. I would like to add to this list in the future to help promote emergent innovators in our midst today. I will maintain this list at emergentweb.org/emergentinnovators. If you know of someone or an organization you believe qualify, please submit their bio, article, or write up on their efforts here.

The list is part of an article written on EmergentWeb.org found here.

Morgan Vague
A student may have found a solution to one of the world’s most urgent environmental crises – breeding bacteria capable of “eating” plastic and potentially breaking it down into harmless by-products.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
From attempting to eradicate polio globally to reimagining nuclear energy there’s no better test case of emergent innovation than through the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tim Berners Lee, the Solid Project, and the team at Inrupt are reimagining the world wide web as a decentralized connection to put the user back in control of the world wide web. 

Dandelion Energy
Replace a home’s existing air conditioning and heating equipment with a powerful heat pump and safe, underground pipes to move heat between the earth and the home.

Adrian Lopez Velarde and Marte Cazarez
Mexican entrepreneurs Adrian Lopez Velarde and Marte Cazarez, created a clean alternative for leather from animal hides to reduce a reliance on the killing of animals. 

Sana Health
The first non-invasive bio-therapeutic device providing lasting relief for chronic pain sufferers.

The world’s first 3D-printed plant-based beefsteak in 2018

Humanising Autonomy
Building human-centered tools that define how autonomous systems interact with people through a better understanding of human behavior. Their pedestrian intent prediction platform makes autonomous vehicles safer and more efficient in urban environments.

Uses an immersive virtual reality environment – combined with a patented haptics feedback system, breathing apparatus, and heated personal protective clothing – to provide a unique training experience for firefighters. 

Tracks fisheries, ecosystems, and biodiversity using open data to examine private and industrial fishing around the world.

Vanguard Renewables
Provides farm powered organics to energy lifecycle to solve organic waste disposal challenges, generate renewable natural gas or renewables electricity, and support the American farmer. 

Utilizes AI-driven Social Emotional Learning programs to improve wellbeing for all.

Turner Impact Capital
One of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing social impact investment firms positioned to invest up to $3 billion in real estate solutions to address daunting societal challenges across the U.S.

Grameen Bank
Advanced to the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through micro-lending.

Building technology to defend children from sexual abuse. 

Life Dreamer
A new approach in desalination could make use of up to 90% of treated seawater

Puts the two biggest levers (technology & government) to improve people’s lives at scale and help make government work in the digital age. 

Created an algae wall to purify polluted water without harmful chemicals

A social network inspiring deep and thoughtful conversations. 

Radford University Impact/ASSET Micro-credential Program
Competency-based model of professional development providing educators skills and strategies to more effectively meet the needs of their students.