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
What if Simply Playing Soccer Could Power a Whole Village? Uncharted Play's Soccket balls ingeniously turn kinetic energy into electric current.
Next Time You're at a Pretentious Exhibition, Just Change It Güvenç Özel shows how a digital solution can augment a physical problem.
A Mosaic Shines in Philly A intimate conversation with a fixture of the Philadelphia art world.
Zaha Hadid Had a Busier Week Than You Did A posh homeware line, a math-inspired museum wing, and a blossom-shaped apartment building
London Skaters Fought Gentrification, and Won A coalition of skateboard enthusiasts just saved the birthplace of British skate culture from a future as a shopping center.
“What I Would Like to See is More Bystanders Stepping in to Take Action” The Everyday Sexism Project chronicles more than 80,000 instances of sexism around the world, and it’s making a big policy impact.
It's Not Where You're Going, It's How you Get There The future of transportation is now A look at futuristic forms of transportation that have become reality.
Inside the Minds of 11-Year Olds From Around the World A new documentary probes the special moral clarity of 11-year old children.
This Underwater Museum is Bringing a Coral Reef to Life A collaborative effort spurs a marine project off the coast of Egypt.
“French Navy” and Other Suggestions for Scotland’s New National Anthem EDM, art rock, indie ballads … let’s pretend it’s all on the table if Scotland votes for independence.
How a 17th Century Bible is Helping to Revive a Native-American Language One human language may die every 14 days, but the ancenstral tongue of M.I.T.-trained linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird won't be one of them.
Thank You For Caffeinating The dirty secret behind your favorite soft drink America’s $75 billion love affair with soft drinks has less to do with flavor than a specific, notorious ingredient.