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.
7 Days to Go (and a long way off): A Book of Photography to Inspire the Traveler in You
Have you ever ventured off on a road trip alone, without a specific idea of where you were going? Sometimes it's important to take the road less traveled, and GOOD member Hudson Gardner hopes to inspire you to do just that with his book of photographs and musings about traveling the coast from Nebraska. Read more from him here.
11 Days to Go (and only 20 percent there): A Garden to Test Out Life on Mars
How possible is it to live on Mars? These astrobiologists are testing out how life survives on the planet by gardening there. Help them bring seeds onto their rover so they can plant them in a greenhouse on the planet. See if a future life on Mars could involve naturally grown food.
13 Days to Go (and a long way off): A Mobile Science Classroom For Kids
Forget the ice cream truck. This mobile science classroom will be bringing fun lab experiments to neighborhoods in Sacramento, California to get them excited about science. Read more from teacher and GOOD member Vanessa Dunne.
13 Days to Go (and almost halfway there): Teaching Teens Business Skills Through a Food Truck
You may think that cookies and coffee are purely indulgent treats, but what if they were the catalysts for teaching teens about running a business? Baking and coffee roasting company milk+sugar is giving teens the hands-on experience of interacting with customers and marketing their business, and they hope to do it all via a mobile office, kitchen, and classroom. Read more from founders Natalie Van Dusen and Whitney Metzger here.
17 Days to Go (and 20 percent there): Make-u-mentaries for a Values-Driven Business
In addition to using all-natural products, this values-driven skincare line is telling the stories of the farmers that supply the ingredients in their products. Read more from S.W. Basics' founder and GOOD member Adina Grigore.
21 Days to Go (and a long way off): A Pallet Pavilion for Community Events
GAP Filler revitalizes vacant lots in urban areas of Christchurch, New Zealand and they've made this one into a pavilion for wonderful art and music events. Read more from founder and GOOD member Coralie Winn.
22 Days to Go (and a long way off): An Affordable Solar Powered Water Pump for Farmers in India
50 million farmers around the world live on less than two dollars a day and it's a huge challenge to grow food not only for the family, but also for profit. Irrigation can help and this solar powered water pump is energy efficient and affordable. Read more from Energy curator Adele Peters.
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18 Days to Go (and doing just fine): Prints to Preserve Memphis History
Artist Rebecca Phillips has seen two vintage signs in her town of Memphis, Tennessee disappear within in the last few years. She's preserving the history of typography in her town by selling affordable prints of her paintings to community members. Read more from her here.
19 Days to Go (and doing well): A Six-Camera Set-up for a Balloon Flight
You may think that with all the YouTube videos out there of people sending cameras 70,000 feet into space that it's easy to do something similar. Well, it is. But, GOOD member Doug Cambron is hoping to do something different by taking six cameras to space in order to capture two meteor showers. He's also planning on making a manual that will help you do the same. Read more from him here and you too may be inspired to explore space.
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 redefine city streets or get people from point A to point B. Push progress forward, and do it for our collective good.
Click here to add crowdfunding projects you can care about to your To-Do list.
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