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).
Frankenfood Got You Scared? Try Ghost Food. Artist Miriam Simun imagines the foods that will replace the ones that disappear.
How Tonga Got Hooked Up The day the king turned on the internet
Couture Collection Uses Wind Reactive Ink A London artist collective's clothing line changes color according to environmental stimuli.
Finally, a Cat Mag for the Creative Class Firmly in control of the internets, our feline overlords move to conquer print media.
Text Messages You Can Smell This company's device and app allows you to send scents through your phone.
This Tree Produces Forty Types of Fruit The living, edible art of Sam Van Aken's grafted stone fruit experiment
Dear 14-Year-Old Me The intuitive, emotional side of yourself guides your experiences and shapes how you learn. You grasp information viscerally, which can make traditional schooling a little bit harder for you.
Danish Architects Reimagine the Zoo The search for a more ethical wildlife park
Learning to Farm Fish Responsibly Breakthroughs in aquaculture are winning over longtime skeptics.
Stories for Boys Sundance-winner Rich Hill picks up where Linklater left off.
The Human Side of Spam Spanish photographer Christina de Middel smudges fact and fiction with her staged images of Russian widows and Nigerian lawyers in distress.
Why Oysters are Shacking up in Old Subway Cars States scrap over metal in a race to boast the greenest reef.