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.
4 Days to Go: Forklift Danceworks:A Dance Company of Community Members
Alison Orr created a dance company of community members and city workers in Austin, Texas to show the value of connecting neighbors to the people who keep neighborhoods intact. Support a project to foster appreciation for public power employees.
8 Days to Go: Albuquerque Subway Map for a Non-Existent System
Albuquerque, New Mexico may not have a subway system—and it probably never will—but that doesn’t mean that this map couldn't inspire the city to build one, just as Better Block's streetcar website for a non-existent streetcar led them to getting a grant to rebuild it. Support a project that will unite a community and be a part of Neighborday on April 27.
After OrangutanSwing hosted a pop-up voting event to have community members describe how they wanted to see Durham, North Carolina, artists will be making pieces based on the words people chose. Support a community-driven civic art project.
21 Days to Go: Green Street NYC: Reverse Graffiti
Reverse graffiti, also known as dust tagging or clean advertising, is a method of creating temporary or semi-permanent images on walls or other surfaces by removing dirt from a surface. These guys aim to raise awareness about green tagging with their reverse graffiti on West Houston Street in New York.
25 Days to Go: Nava: A Water Bottle With a Filter Made of Coconut Shells
With coconut shells and sleek design, this water bottle may just encourage people to ditch plastic all-together with a first-ever filter subscription program. This project is already funded, but with more people that support it, the less waste there might be. Learn more from co-founder Paul Shustak.
Ondi Timoner is documenting tech innovators' stories in a web series to inspire people to learn how they can fulfill their dreams faster, better, and more efficiently. Learn more about how Timoner is incorporating Amanda Palmer into her project.
Tell us what projects you're getting behind in the comments below. Push progress forward, and do it for our collective good.
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Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
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