Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress
With our Push for Good series, we have identified crowdfunding opportunities 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 projects from the crowdsourced world.
Crowd Research (With Your Computers)
How do you find all the carbon-based compounds that can convert sunlight into energy? You don't have to be a scientist. If you give up your PC computer when it's idle, researchers at Harvard University can use grid computing to research solar energy solutions much faster.
Crowd Design (With Your Skills)
Do you think you can make child health records more efficient and easier to use? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are asking you to submit redesigns by October 31.
Crowd Petition (With Your Signatures)
This week marked a moment in history for same-sex couples. With the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it's time to consider that immigrants who are in gay and lesbian relationships in America may have a hard time staying with loved ones if visas expire. Tell Congress to reform immigration for all couples through the National Immigrant Justice Center.
Crowdfunding (With Your Wallet)
Read more from filmmaker Nick Fitzhugh.
Read more from The Spark filmmakers.
(16 Days to Go) Reinvent the Image of Drones
Poet and filmmaker David Shook is dropping poem bombs onto areas that have experienced air strikes in an aim to address the United States military's use of drones. He'll also be publishing the poems in an anthology to be printed on biodegradable paper infused with seeds—so the poems can be planted to grow wildflowers. Read more here.
(17 Days to Go) Teach Social Justice to Kids Through This Alphabet Poster
Read more from the creators and artists, L is for Liberation Collective.
(17 Days to Go) A Mobile App That Will Get You Outdoors and Walking
Ethos Adventures is creating a mobile app with a choose-your-own-adventure model. You'll not only be able to find eco-friendly, healthy, and fun ways to travel, but also enjoy the great outdoors.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
Why Oysters are Shacking up in Old Subway Cars States scrap over metal in a race to boast the greenest reef.
A Cable Car Revolution in the World’s Highest City The future of Bolivia’s public transportation takes to the skies.
When Humans Fight, but Animals Win Penguins have resorted to using landmines to keep pesky humans away.
So You Think You’re a Foodie? Pop culture was onto these trends way before you were. A sampling of the screwball comedies, sob stories, and sci-fis that anticipated our culinary moment
Dear Nine-Year-Old Me The transition is going to be difficult for you, but whenever you feel a little lonely and left out, take comfort in the knowledge that you are honing one of your greatest superpowers.
What to Do When Your Country is Drowning The wild and desperate ways island nations are fighting the effects of climate change
The Rise of Drone Pizza Delivery Why the skies will soon be filled with flying, snack-bearing robots
How Helsinki Became a Public Transporation Paradise One European city plans to make car ownership obsolete within a decade.
Follow the Crowd NanoCrafter and the rise of group intelligence Why online gaming may just be the future of science
The Empathy Mirror Neurofeedback enables us to better see ourselves in the other. Recent discoveries in neurofeedback can teach you to be less of a dick.
Robots On Ice Probe the Arctic Why a team of research robots is investigating disappearing sea ice, and why you should care
Don’t Turn Away Colin Finlay photographs the consequences of climate change. You will never see more beautiful photos of the deteriorating state of our planet than the ones in this photo feature.