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
Keeping a Pakistani Artisan Culture from Going Extinct Lahore-based social entrepreneurs support local craftsmen by selling men’s shoes named after an endangered goat
Can You Cut Your Water Consumption by 90 Percent for 24 Hours? A nonprofit challenges people to live off a gallon of water a day, instead of dumping it on their heads
A Love Letter to Philadelphia A personal look into the city from the local poet, muscian, singer, and educator
You Can’t Print a Photo from Outer Space On Polyester Celine Semaan Vernon’s new fashion project is a cosmic experiment in empathy.
Forget the Ouija Board If you want to get into divination this Halloween season, check out these alternatives to the game that rhymes with ‘squeegee’
The Standards are Too Damn High An African leadership prize that frequently has no winners has sparked a debate over whether standards of excellence can turn self-defeating.
Stop Chasing the “It” Pumpkin One man’s brave stance against pricey heirloom gourds fouling up fall.
Skid Row Is Here to Stay The largest, and probably proudest, homeless community in the United States is becoming a powerful interest group in Los Angeles.
How to Raise $750,000 for Charity, the YouTuber Way Rising YouTube sensations like Tyler Oakley and Connor Franta mobilize their massive fan base for a cause Next time your birthday rolls around, consider what these enterprising stars did to celebrate theirs.
Chelsea Handler Tries Making Fun Of Andy’s Weight. It Backfires Immediately. An embarrassingly bad attempt to make fun of Andy’s weight
Another Kind of Street Meat Searching for abundant, organic, all-natural, free meat? Consider roadkill.
“I Know It's Not P.C. But...” Sam Harris, #Gamergate, and the explosion of white, male, illiberal rage