Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdfunding Creative Progress
Innovation makes the world go around, so why not crowdfund it? The best thinkers and ideamakers are the those who can make collective progress, so if we support their causes, projects, and ideas, we can be a part of bettering the future of our planet.
Maybe you don’t know what causes you care about yet, or maybe you’re still searching. Consider this a guide of the goodness you can get behind. Take a look at GOOD's curated Kickstarter page, which we'll be updating regularly, and check back every Saturday for a round up of our favorite projects from the crowdfunding world.
Less Than a Day to Go (and almost there): Green Deserts, A Documentary About The Saltwater Revolution
40 percent of the world’s population is lacking water; 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, and an estimated two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water scarce regions in 2025. Scientists from The Sahara Forest Project are attempting to green deserts with saltwater. Read more from one of the documentary filmmakers, Julie Bayer.
13 Days to Go (with a long way off): Greenspeed, A Documentary About A Vegetable Oil Powered Racecar
Boise State University students are proving motorsports' fanatics wrong. It's possible to build a fast vegetable oil powered vehicle and these kids are showing you how. Most importantly, they're raising awareness about effective alternative fuels. Read more from filmmaker Shawn Howell.
13 Days to Go (with a long way off): At Home, Social Media Campaign and App That Activates People to End Homelessness in Their Communities
Mark Horvath is an activist helping homeless people tell their stories, posting videos with the men and women he meets to tens of thousands of followers on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Now, @home_campaign is joining him to develop a social media campaign and app that will help change people's attitudes and fight homelessness on the ground. Read more from director, Susanne Suffredin.
18 Days to Go (and doing well): Siva Cycle, The Pedal-Powered Generator
Imagine biking to work while also building up enough electric power to charge your phone. The Siva Cycle lets you power any rechargeable device with a USB chord in minutes. Read more here.
19 Days to Go (with a long way off): Parking Lot Classroom
Rather than making the parking lot of Museo de las Americas in Denver, Colorado completely for cars, Architecture for Humanity is turning it into a classroom. With rooms filled to capacity, the extra space will be appreciated in the summer when Museo teaches art as a tool for fostering self-esteem in their students, and encourages understanding of Latino culture.
22 Days to Go (with a considerably long way off): Coralbots, An Underwater Robot to Repair Coral Reefs
Is the way of the future underwater transportation? Heriot-Watt University researchers are creating underwater robots that will be able to repair coral reefs and improve the marine ecosystem long-term. Read more from the scientists here.
Tell us what projects you're getting behind in the comments below. And, since it's Transportation month, let us know about any innovative projects that effectively get people from point A to point B. Push progress forward, and do it for our collective good.
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Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
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