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
Should Society Fund Mindfulness? Putting taxpayer money toward meditation programs? It’s not as crazy as you might think.
Syrian Refugee Women Learn Self-Defense with Predictably Badass Results Two Arab-American women hope to empower Syrian women fleeing their home country’s conflict with physical training and emotional healing.
Achilles’ Password: Online Security’s Susceptible Straggler These new technologies promise to make your vulnerable passwords obsolete.
Guess Which Wealthy Country Can't Guarantee Access to a Basic Human Need? This week, Detroit's neediest had their water turned off. Here's what you can do about it.
If More Couples Smoked Weed, Would There Be Less Domestic Violence? Spouses who smoke weed are less likely to inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm on their significant other.
Better Living Through Science: Women in STEM A look at pioneering women in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
How You Type Says a Ton About Your Emotional State This new computer program can see right through your poker face.
Let’s Do More. A Call-to Action by Gap CMO Seth Farbman Data shows that 24% of the 21 million Americans making minimum wage are working in retail, and 64% of those are women.
Meet the Self-Proclaimed President of Colombia’s Hottest Music Trend Champeta started as an outsider Afro-Colombian folk movement. Now it's taking over the country.
Cryptocurrency Regains its Reputation in Paradise Can a renowned tourist hub in Bali become a bitcoin wonderland?
Can a Miracle Fruit Overcome its Unsavory Reputation? Conservationists, farmers, and nutritionists are singing the praises of the breadfruit. If only it didn't taste so bad.
New App Could Tackle Hunger, Will Help You Find a Good Deal PareUp wants to connect food purveyors to thrifty consumers looking to score deals on unused, but still edible, items.