Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress
With our Push for Good series, we have identified crowdfunding opportunities for the GOOD community to get behind. Now we are also shining a light on crowd-doing opportunities—so you can join others in working towards the greater good with actions as well as donations. Here's our weekly round-up of our favorite members' projects from the crowdsourced world.
Do you know your neighbors? GOOD member Mary Crosse didn't, until she asked them to make a video with her about their neighborhood. Her film company, On My Block, is now asking you to submit your own videos by October 13. Meet your neighbors. Break the ice with some dinner and make a movie. Add it to your To-Do List.
Are you an entrepreneur in the social good space, hoping to meet impact investors? Here's your chance. GOOD member Sang Lee is hosting an event for his online funding platform, Return on Change, September 5 at the Center for Social Innovation in New York. Meet like-minded business folks wanting to make change. Learn more from Lee.
How do startups create stronger brands and workplace cultures? Happy Startup Summer Camp in the U.K. plans to answer just that on September 20, with talks by startup experts, as well as fun activities that will help business owners network and collaborate. Learn more from co-founder and GOOD member Laurence McCahill.
When GOOD member Justin Threlkeld moved to Tennessee, he noticed a lack of community. Now, he's asking you for tips on how to build a more vibrant one in his town.
The Victoria Innovation Center in Kenya offers a space for innovators, designers, and engineers to test and produce products or develop manufacturing skills that can increase empowerment, income, and quality of life. Learn more from GOOD member Alex Odundo.
GOOD member and researcher Paul Gardner-Stephen had this idea to make disaster response more effective by making it possible for smart phones to become updated 21st century walkie talkies. By downloading free software on a smart phone, people can communicate—even when cellular networks fail. Read more from Gardner-Stephen here.
GOOD member and illustrator Kevin Ferreira shared a project he was doing for a children's book, so we wanted to support him. Inspired by Dr. Seuss' rhythmic timing and the animation of Hayao Miyazaki, Ferreira teaches kids lessons about how to find purpose. Read about his story.
You may know about Unique LA, where creatives and artisans sell their work to people who support locally-made goods. Now, they want to create a space in which those creatives can work together, host events, and connect with other artists. They're calling it Unique Space. Learn more from founder and GOOD member Sonja Rasula.
Successful Campaigns We've Featured That Have Been Funded in the Last Two Weeks
- Still running: Sanitation initiative, Jhai Coffee House—raised $11,856
- Documentary that's changing perceptions about Mexican youth, Victoria, Gto—104 percent overfunded
- Creative customizable clothes for kids, Itty Bitty T-Shirt Company—raised $12,021
- Documentary about Honduran drug violence through the eyes of a Narco Ranchera band— raised $40,100
- Animated film that explores how a girl overcame her disabilities, Henrietta Bulkowski— raised $70,575
- Still Running: Documentary exploring free press in Afghanistan, Frame by Frame—raised $41,176
Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
Understanding Africa’s Ebola-Denying Communities While Americans panic over a tiny risk, some Africans in Ebola-stricken counties think the entire virus is make-believe.
Why Your American Wiener is Unimpressive We should all be envious of Iceland’s tasty, high-quality hot dogs
Stepping Inside a World of Private Violence A new documentary probes domestic violence in America via the gut-wrenching story of one survivor seeking justice.
Building Foundations for a Stronger Future Dr. Franciamore was able to channel her education into a jumping off point to change her world.
Can Kickstarter Keep It Real? An interview with Yancey Strickler The co-founder of Kickstarter on progress, patronage, and potato salad.
The Organization Creating Starry-Eyed Future Scientists Universe Awareness introduces kids ages four to 10 to the wonder of the cosmos.
The Multicultural Power of the Stoner ComedyFans of Cheech & Chong and Harold & Kumar never have to ask “dude, where’s my diversity?”
Y U No Show Consequences? A meme review of the dramedy Men, Women, and Children Where do we start with Jason Reitman’s new film? Let’s discuss in the parlance of the internet: memes.
Everything You Need to Know About Cooking with Blood An interview with “blood lady,” Elisabeth Paul The Nordic Food Lab's innovative approaches to a culinarily neglected ingredient
American Women Are Finally Talking About Their Abortions
A new online community and a growing chorus of female politicians are de-stigmatizing the controversial choice.
Naming the Worst Thing Imaginable The documentary Watchers of the Sky forces viewers to confront genocide via the term’s dedicated, undaunted inventor.
6 Young Adult Protagonists Who Aren’t White
Teen fiction often relegates characters of color to the margins, if they appear at all. These books help broaden the spectrum.