ThinkCycle is an interesting project at MIT focusing on collaborative problem-solving and design. The project is very similar to Douglas Englebart’s Open Hyperdocument System for collaborative hypertext. It is great to see development of weblogs, TrackBack, RSS and other platforms begin to show the true vision of using the web as a collaboration tool.
The other project, Design That Matters, excites me. I am not an industrial designer (though perhaps it might be a good career change), but these designs are tangible. They look to improve the living conditions of others. It is as Jake and Elwood said " We’re on a mission from God". Product design to change the world by helping those who need it most.