Last weekend, at Maker Faire Detroit, I had the chance to meet Jules Pieri of Daily Grommet, birthplace of the term Citizen Commerce. From the site: “If you share the belief that the products we all buy are a powerful force in defining the world, then Citizen Commerce means that each purchase is actually an act of citizenship. (Good, bad, or indifferent)” Daily Grommet makes it their job to find fresh, new products, research them thoroughly, pick the best ones, and tell the stories behind the products and their creators. They pick and feature just one quality product a day.
What makes a good Grommet? The site lays out these parameters:
“• It’s a wonderful product still waiting in the wings, just ripe for discovery.
• It has great utility, or style, or invention. Or, very often it has all three.
• It comes from a designer, or inventor, or artist, or manufacturer who is clearly passionate about what they create. Someone who loves to share their creations and talk to people about why they do what they do.
• It comes from a company that treats its customers well.
• Finally, like any intelligent or beautiful product, it has a great story, ready to be told.”
Jules presented about Daily Grommet on the MAKE stage in Detroit (and was graciously patient with the AV issues that came up). Thanks Jules! Time.com just ran a piece by Jules, a Detroit native, titled “Innovation at the Detroit Maker Faire.”