Snow and my schedule prevented me from getting into New York this week to attend the Consumer Electronics Association's Greener Gadgets conference, but one of my more local colleagues, Andrew Nusca, managed to make it. His coverage, over at our Smart Planet sister blog network, explores the vital role of good design in products that seek to make a green or social impact. Nusca reports that the keynote speaker Yvew Behar put it rather bluntly: "If it's not ethical, it cannot be beautiful. But if it cannot be beautiful, it probably should not be at all."
Behar is the designer behind the One Laptop Per Child program, which has now shipped more than 1.4 million $100 laptops into developing nations. Read more of what Behar thinks here.