Emerging from tragedy

September 11As the world continues to reflect on all the tragic events of 9/11, including recognizing the thousands of deaths that occurred that day – it’s also important to make people aware of the innovations that emerged from that horrific tragedy!

One of the first innovations to arise from all the rubble of the Twin Towers was One World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower. In addition to signaling the rebirth of Lower Manhattan, this iconic skyscraper looms 1,776 feet above Ground Zero and incorporated dramatically innovative engineering systems that move building design a great leap forward.

Some of the other creative and innovative inventions that emerged from the tragic events of 9/11 include:

  • Rescue Reel – A device using a Kevlar cord that allows someone of any size to be safely lowered to the ground from a height of up to 1,000 feet.
  • SeaChute It’s an office chair with a parachute that can be deployed from atop an office building.
  • Meetup – A New York-based web start-up that facilitates in-person meetings for people with shared interests.
  • Nano Air Vehicle – A reconnaissance vehicle the size (and shape) of a hummingbird is now in development.

Inc. Magazine published a great article outlining post 9/11 innovations. Click here to read more. And, as Susan Hassler, quoted in the article, says: “Some good can come from so much misery.”

– The IDEAWorks® Team


“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”

~Robert Kennedy


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