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).
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.
Zinc Shortage May Be Exactly What Alternative Currency Movement Needed The skyrocketing value of a mineral challenges the world's antiquated reliance on mints, metals, and mines.
Artist Nick Cave Puts Racism on Display A new exhibition turns infuriating historical ‘black objects’ into learning experiences.
Commuter Capital The Future of Daily Travel A by-numbers look at the future of getting to work.
Why You Will Soon Be Building Your Home With Hempcrete As hemp and cannabis gain cultural currency, a new approach to construction emerges.
Put on a Fake Mustache for Mexico’s Independence Day Each year in mid-September, Mexicans gleefully celebrate their nation—and it’s a far cry from Cinco de Mayo.
More than Guns and Oil An art collective picks up where the Libyan revolution left off In post-Gaddafi Libya, an audacious few look to re-ignite the nation’s creative impulse.
A Love Letter to DC by Svetlana Legetic A Love Letter to Washington, DC by Brightest Young Things' Founder, Svetlana Legetic
Is the New ‘Meet the Press’ Just Politics as Usual? Chuck Todd tries to reboot the 67-year-old news show for 2014 with goatees, tattoos, and a glimmer of hope.