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 Left: Mark This Town: Collaborative and Positive Temporary Street Art for NYC
MarkThisTown will collect short positive statements from community members online each week to spread all over New York City, using stencils and natural materials like lentils and tea leaves. Learn more next week and follow co-founders and GOOD community members Minsun Mini Kim and Meghana Khandekar as they celebrate Neighborday on April 27.
You may know Christopher Pennington as one of our finalists in the 2013 Great American Teach-Off. Although he lost in the final round of voting, he's not giving up on developing the best possible life skills program for his school so that his students will be prepared for the real world. Support his effort to bring hands-on learning experiences like bike mechanics, greenhouse gardening, woodshop, business, marketing, and design to his students. Follow Pennington on GOOD.
Researchers say that Greek oregano can contain up to 30 times more essential oils than the ones typically found on the market. GOOD Community member Evangelia Koutsovoulou is working directly with Greek farmers to bring their quality herbs to global markets, helping her island's economy.
Instead of focusing on the conflicts of Somalia, this documentary webseries and photography collection will bring you inspiring stories about its innovative architects, the unconventional movers, and its ambitious creators. Read more from GOOD community member Kafia Ahmed.
20 Days to Go: idBrooklyn: A Graphic Identity for Brooklyn
idBrooklyn is a large-scale design project aimed at helping the community of Brooklyn create the neighborhood's graphic identity. With workshops and a web app, designers and community members can interact and design together.
Film producer and Alejandra Nash is launching a documentary about children in Paraguay that are learning life skills and building self-confidence through playing instruments made out of the trash that pollutes the community. Support a project that is hoping to become an environmental statement about waste and an educational movement for children across the world. Read more from Nash here.
Aiming to increase civic engagement in Logan Square, Chicago, nonprofit and arts-based community development organization archi-treasures will host concrete casting workshops free to the public so that the community and local artists can beautify the neighborhood together. Learn more from archi-treasures co-founder Joyce Fernandes.
Ongoing till June: Reinventing the Wheel: A Photo Essay of Life After Spinal Cord Injury
Through GOOD community member Reveca Torres' nonprofit organization Backbones, 22 photographers will be paired with 22 models with spinal chord injuries to create photo essays that highlight the abilities of those with SCI. The project debuts in Chicago on June 29, 2013 at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago and will exhibit from October to November at the Mercy Corps Education Center and Gallery. Backbones will be celebrating Neighborday through an event leading up to their fifth annual 5K in Prospect Heights, Illinois on April 28.
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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