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
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.
A Cable Car Revolution in the World’s Highest City The future of Bolivia’s public transportation takes to the skies.
When Humans Fight, but Animals Win Penguins have resorted to using landmines to keep pesky humans away.
So You Think You’re a Foodie? Pop culture was onto these trends way before you were. A sampling of the screwball comedies, sob stories, and sci-fis that anticipated our culinary moment
Dear Nine-Year-Old Me The transition is going to be difficult for you, but whenever you feel a little lonely and left out, take comfort in the knowledge that you are honing one of your greatest superpowers.
What to Do When Your Country is Drowning The wild and desperate ways island nations are fighting the effects of climate change