Design Talk means taking some time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know Seungah Jeong and John Salzinger, the founders of MPOWERD and the creators behind Luci, the first inflatable solar light.
Jeong and Salzinger lead their own revolution on a mission to transform lives with thoughtfully designed, conscious technology: MPOWERD is a brand with brains and heart.
Everyone deserves to be empowered
Jeong, the CEO, brings two decades of consumer goods experience, an eye for design and business acumen to MPOWERD. With a background in philosophy and environmental studies, she’s all about the positive impact companies can make in the world. Salzinger is the Chief Business Development Officer and Founder. He launched MPOWERD because he believes that companies need to be a force for good, not just successful. Salzinger launched and managed several global media, tech and finance companies before starting MPOWERD, and holds multiple Luci patents.
Together, they create products to give people the power of self-reliance — because they believe that everyone deserves to be empowered.
A good cause
That’s also why they launched the Give Luci program, which donates solar lights to global aid organizations. MPOWERD is affiliated with over 700 non-profit and NGO partners worldwide. A sustainable business model means that profit is turned into help: the more Luci lamps are sold, the more affordably people in need can get them.
The MPOWERD manifesto is simple: everyone deserves access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy, and our earth deserves a little more love. As a social enterprise, MPOWERD reinvests a majority of their revenue towards sustainability, grow their reach and ensure the fulfilment of their noble mission.
“We often get asked the meaning behind our name,” Jeong and Salzinger say, “so without further ado… MPOWERD stands for Micro POWER Design.” Micro for the desire to create simple, portable products, Power to provide sustainable technology and opportunity, and the Design that combines form and function in each MPOWERD product. The brand name is also evocative of a word that represents a core value to the MPOWERD brand: empowered.
At DECOVRY, you can purchase the Luci solar light by itself or in sets of three and six, because more light means more joy for you, and for those you help with every single MPOWERD purchase.
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