Alex Bogusky, John Bielenberg Team Up to Solve Social Problems and Make Bamboo Bikes

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Alex Bogusky, John Bielenberg Team Up to Solve Social Problems and Make Bamboo Bikes Alex Bogusky, John Bielenberg Team Up to Solve Social Problems and Make Bamboo Bikes
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Alex Bogusky, John Bielenberg Team Up to Solve Social Problems and Make Bamboo Bikes

by Alissa Walker

February 6, 2011


John Bielenberg and Alex Bogusky are two creative bigwigs who left behind the traditional ad and design worlds to do their own thing. One thinks wrong and one is all about thinking fearlessly. They've both been spending plenty of time in Boulder, Colorado. So it was really only a matter of time before they started working together. Yesterday, Bielenberg and Bogusky announced COMMON, part business incubator, part creative community that they say can foster a "new brand of capitalism."



Their first initiative is re-launching the Alabamboo Bike Lab project started by Project M as Common Cycles. Inspired by the Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, the bikes use fast-growing bamboo as the primary material in sustainable, sturdy rides. The project was initially created to bring affordable transportation and employment opportunities to rural areas of Greensboro, Alabama. This summer, members of COMMON and Project M will be leading a cross-country bike ride on the bamboo bikes to raise awareness for their new endeavor.

Currently, COMMON exists as a presentation deck, which you can download here (PDF) and an email where you can sign up for updates. But Bielenberg says to stay tuned for some interesting developments. "This is really exciting," says Bielenberg. "Like Project M attached to a Saturn rocket."

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