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 Computer)
About 1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion have little to no sanitation. About 3,900 children die per day as a result of diseases transmitted through unsafe water. Help researchers find more efficient ways to filter water. If you give up your PC computer when it's idle, they can use grid computing to research solutions much faster. Register here and select the Computing for Clean Water project to become a part of the research.
Crowd Map (With Your Time and Strength)
Eager to travel the hard-to-reach places in the world but have no legitimate excuse to make it financially feasible or cause-worthy? Try mapping with Google. Apply here to get a Trekker so you can map with your feet. Click here to say you'll Do it. The more places mapped, the more places we can explore across the world.
Crowd Write (With Your Stories)
Do you know someone that has resisted taking standardized tests? Send your story to teacher Jesse Hagopian at jesse [at] rethinkingschools [dot] org. Collectively, you can help the school systems around the United States rethink the way they teach. Click here to say you'll Do it.
Crowd Petition (With Your Signatures)
Fourteen national parks in the United States have become water bottle-free. Zion National Park reduced its annual waste by 5,000 pounds by doing just that. Tell Jon Jarvis, National Park Service Director, to make all of our parks do the same by signing here. Click here to say you'll DO it.
When immigrants get deported, the conditions in detention are often inhumane and families are torn apart. Read more from the National Immigrant Justice Center's Communications Director, Tara Tidwell Cullen about how your signature can help change that.
Crowdfunding (With Your Wallet)
Students often don't know how to address their specific sexual health behaviors in their health education courses. This online curriculum would make it possible for them to customize their learning to their specific health needs. Read more from the founders here.
(One Month to Go) Give a Shit
Here at GOOD HQ, we've done something a little unconventional. We turned our mobile site into a campaign that will donate funds to Water for People, an organization that works to ensure everyone has access to safe water—no matter where they are. Go to good.is on your mobile phone and you'll see what we're talking about. Read more from the brains behind the project here and consider giving a shit (literally).
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.
Puppy Love How dogecoin spawned an improbable community of giving What a canine-emblazoned cryptocurrency can teach about philanthropy
Positive In, Positive Out: How a USC Alumna is Coping with Lymphoma Coast Guard Reserves member Cassie Sulfridge, 28, had just graduated from MSW@USC, the Southern California university’s web-based Master of Social Work program, and was working two jobs when her life was turned upside down.
Politics by Yummier Means An Israeli-Palestinian popup restaurant and the precarious art of gastric diplomacy Two chefs win over hearts, minds, and stomachs in Jerusalem.
Rag Time Seven seriously f’d up t-shirts that somehow made their way onto shelves Brazil’s “lookin’ to score” tee is, unfortunately, part of a recent tradition of aberrant apparel.
LeBron James Complicates Cleveland's Comeback Story Returning to Cleveland, LeBron James contends with a city’s past and conflicting views of its future
The Equalizers For these Brazilian footballing legends, competitive play wasn’t a diversion from societal ills, but a means to redress them. A secret history of the fight for social justice among Brazil’s greatest soccer stars of the past century