Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress
With our Push for Good series, we have identified crowdfunding opportunities for the GOOD community 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 Design (With Your Words)
The Scandanavian word arbejdsglæde means "work-glad" and that's exactly what GOOD member Jonny Miller is—and he wants to know if you are too. You may not want to think of your Monday morning this weekend, but with three words, describe it in a positive way. Miller is compiling adjectives into an inspirational poster that could make people with the Monday blues way happier. Read more here.
Crowd Map (With Your Computer)
You may think space shouldn't be the next frontier, but it's worth exploring. Help the Rover make better Mars maps and assist the Mars science teams as they study data. You may learn something by becoming a citizen scientist.
Crowd Research (With Your Idle Computer)
Interested in helping scientists figure out how to disable the proteins that play a role in progressing childhood cancer? Sounds too complicated, right? No worries. Download this software and select the project above so that when your computer is idle, scientists can use grid computing to perform visual chemistry experiments. It just takes one or two clicks.
Crowd Petition (With Your Signatures)
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This week, 30,000 inmates throughout California refused their meals in an effort to stop deplorable conditions and chronic overcrowding in prisons. What can you do? Push Governor Jerry Brown to take real action. Click here to say you'll DO it.
Crowdfund (With Your Wallets)
(Last Day) Make Cell Phones Into Libraries
Science book from a school in Haiti, with hard-to-read anatomical model
260 million children in the developing world have never owned a book of their own, and 50 percent of schools in Sub-Saharan Africa have very few or no books at all. Library For All aims to disrupt the way knowledge is distributed on a global scale. Read more from founder and GOOD member Tanyella Evans.
(Four Days to Go) Buy a Pack, Give a Pack: A School Supplies Social Enterprise
Pencils are iconic symbols of education, yet they're elusive in many poverty-stricken countries. School supplies company, KITE (Kids Inspiring Tomorrow's Education), aims to give one pencil pack to a school for every pencil pack bought. Read more from the founder, Elizabeth Lang.
(17 Days to Go) Build Edible Urban Neighborhoods, One Nourishmat at a Time
Why Won’t the U.S. Sign the U.N. Child Rights Treaty? Only two members of the U.N. have refused to ratify an international convention banning the torture of children: Somalia and the United States.
Hamburg Now Has an Algae-Powered Building A microorganism-fueled facade also fuels a debate about energy efficiency.
5 Dire Climate Change Predictions In honor of the People's Climate March and this year's U.N. Climate Summit, here are some of the most alarming ways global warming is predicted to change life as we know it.
How Your Body is Increasingly Like a Car Breakthroughs in bio-printing and artificial organ creation usher a new era of replaceable parts.
12 Times Leslie Knope Totally Nailed Being a Feminist As we wait for Parks and Recreation’s final season, we recall 12 of its most slyly subversive, gender moments.
The Landscape Artist An interview with Daan Roosegaarde Daan Roosegaarde’s interactive designs push human beings beyond the topography of the self.
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.