6 August 2010

August 28 “Trip of Inspiration for a Sustainable World”

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Trip of Inspiration for a Sustainable World, Facilitated by Bob Levy

A special event of the Sustainable Leadership Forum
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street
West Orange, NJ  07052
August 28, 2010 ~ 10 a.m.

As we scan our environment striving for a place to plug in and make a difference in achieving a sustainable world, one of the fuels needed to drive this is inspiration.

What better way to get an “Infusion of Inspiration” than to tread the giant footsteps of the Man of the Century, with a trip and guided tour of the Thomas Edison’s Museum in West Orange – a real treasure in our backyard.

This trip will let you into the incredible visionary mind of Thomas Edison, the global impact of some of his inventions, and how he networked with others (his connections included Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone). Tour his lab, be awed by displays of his incredible inventions, tour the factory where he made everything he needed from machines, to tools and finally, see the finished inventions.

When Mr. Edison’s electric vote recorder invention became a commercial failure he resolved that in the future he would only invent things that he was certain would benefit the public.

Go visit as a wanderer, come out a dreamer.  Be inspired, capture your “Ah Ha” moments, then transition your ideas into products and services for a “Sustainable World.” Use the “Edison Effect” to shift your thinking as we move into a new environment where many things do not currently exist, and ask yourself:

  • What can I make or create that would be sustainable? What can I do to make something sustainable?
  • What are some of the products and services that would drive a sustainable world?
  • How can I be a steward of a sustainable world?

If we can find answers to these questions, we will find solutions to achieving a sustainable world.


We need to know who is coming in order to reserve one or more tours, so please RSVP and let us know if you would like to come for the tour only, both the tour and the lunch, or just for the lunch. If you would like to carpool, please let us know in your RSVP where you are coming from, whether you are willing to drive others and how many seats you have available. We will attempt to arrange carpools to conserve resources.

Bring your camera, and a little note pad. Meet at the Museum at 10 a.m.. There is a $7 per person entrance fee.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

211 Main Street

West Orange, NJ  07052

[ Google Map ]

If you are coming from NYC by public transit, there is a <http://www.decamp.com>DeCamp Bus from New York to West Orange. (the Route 66 to Mississippi and Harrison Ave loop). Since it is at least a mile walk from the bus stop, please let us know if you need a ride from the bus station and make sure we are in communication about it.

After the tour, Bob Levy is inviting everyone to his house in Cedar Grove for lunch and a discussion around the implications for sustainability, networking, etc. This location will be sent to you when you RSVP.

Our leader for the Trip of Inspiration for a Sustainable World is Bob Levy, Sr.

Bob Levy is a Computer-Aided Designer/Draftsman (CAD) with over thirty (30) years experience in the manufacturing industry including biomedical, marine, aerospace, fabricated wire products, projection screens, high-end display furniture, data acquisition, home heating appliances and electrical distribution control. His innovative and analytical approach to problems resulted in being the co-inventor of 4 issued and assigned U.S. Patents.

Bob has a passion for innovation and has been actively involved with Independent Inventors for almost two decades as an invention coach, patent draftsman, product developer, and liaison between the independent inventor and industry service providers. He is instrumental in helping many Independent Inventors understand the invention process from the idea stage to final product and beyond. Bob, being fully aware of the long process and frustrations for the first time inventor, developed a crash course that essentially reduces the 3-4 year inventor learning-curve to about three hours.  This 3-hour crash course also saves time and money that is usually wasted in many cases because of the lack of knowledge of the invention process from the idea searches, protection, prototyping, product design and development, production, through marketing. He was a member of the Inventor’s Society Of South Florida (ISSOF) for 15 years and served as President for two (2) terms until moving to New Jersey in 2005.

Bob has organized and managed numerous Independent Inventor related expos and workshops in South Florida and is also the recipient of numerous service awards in the inventor’s arena.

He collaborated with inventors and authors Howard and Paula Silken as the cover designer, layout artist and co-editor of their published book, “I have an idea for an invention, What do I do now?” (2002, listed on Amazon here)

Please note that this is instead of our regular Saturday afternoon meeting at the Morris County Library. We have another special event in September—a visit to a solar home in Madison— and we’ll be resuming our regular schedule in October, with our new “Leadership Challenge and Strategy Sessions.”

One Comment so far...

Marnie Vyff Says:

27 August 2010 at 11:18 pm.

I will be bringing a guest too.

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