Apparently nothing is impossible for the founder and chief executive officer of Not Impossible, Mick Ebeling. Following a Titanium Lion at Cannes this year for Project Daniel, Ebeling has won the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award 2014.
In a nutshell, Not Impossible exists to develop creative solutions to address real-world problems. Its mantra is “technology for the sake of humanity,” and the organisation crowd-sources from the world’s pool of creatives to “crowd-solve previously insurmountable healthcare issues”.
Project Daniel: 3D Printing Prosthetic Arms for Children of War-torn Sudan, was inspired by, and accomplished with, 16 year old Daniel Omar, a double-amputee. When Ebeling heard about Daniel, he went to Sudan to 3D-print and fit prosthetic limbs for children of the war-torn region, then left the equipment behind with the locals he’d trained who continued after he left, thus establishing the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility.
Ebeling also created the Eyewriter: a DIY, open-source, low-cost device that enables individuals with paralysis to communicate and create art using only the movement of their eyes.
The full Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award winners’ story is here.
At Cannes, Ebeling and Not Impossible’s Titanium Lion was added to 3 Bronze Lions (Branded Content, Film and Cyber), and 1 Gold (Product Design).
Prior to Cannes 2014, Project Daniel won other accolades: AICP’s Next Cause Marketing Award; inclusion in the permanent film archives at New York’s Museum of Modern Art; the 2014 One Show Gold Pencil in both Design and Intellectual Property & Products (as well as being tied for “Best in Show”); the 2014 Silver Telly and Bronze Telly Award; and the 2014 Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon for creativity, ingenuity and innovation.
To date, Project Daniel has earned more than 800 unique million media impressions. It is the subject of Intel’s latest “Look Inside” campaign created by Venables Bell & Partners.
In January 2015, Simon & Schuster will publish Ebeling’s first book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, in conjunction with a full-length documentary feature film.
Deepak Chopra says of the book, “This is the template for a new science of consciousness. Mick Ebeling sees impossible just as a word for something not yet done. Read his book. Think like him. Then do the impossible.”