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.
Last week, we asked you to write three positive words that described your Monday at work for GOOD member Jonny Miller's poster project. This week, we're asking you to write about the five things that make you happy, including food, relationships, guilty pleasures, and something about your family. Why? Your answers will be featured in a play by Los Angeles-based art group cARTel. Read more from cARTel founder, Negin Singh.
GOOD member Philip Hain is asking you to come to the Los Angeles Renaissance Hotel at 9620 Airport Blvd on Saturday, July 27, between 9:30 a.m. and 5p.m. to join other people passionate about autism test their fear and endurance while rappelling off the side of the hotel. Sounds terrifying, but Autism Speaks is offering free massages and a trained guide to help you along the way. Click here to say you'll DO it.
See those shelves? They were made out of wood that was discarded on the side of the road in Toronto. Someone on crowdsourced database Trashswag posted a picture of the wood, and someone else picked it up. Join Trashswag to become a part of the reclamation movement, and add your city to their site. Don't leave discarded furniture behind. Click here to say you'll DO it. Read more from founder and GOOD member Gavin Cameron.
Have you ever thought of becoming an urban planner? Here's your chance. GOOD member Shauna Nepp told us about this really cool crowdsourced design project that may create a better Hollywood. I tried some designing and so far, I've added a bunch of fountains, seating, community gardens, a library, two playgrounds, a dog park, and a recreation center. Is it too busy? What do you think? How would you design Hollywood's Central Park? Click here to tell us.
GOOD member Hank Knaack let us know about this fascinating Harvard study that you can take part in. Researchers want to know about your bias by testing your subconscious. Learn what your true feelings are about race, gender, weight, ethnicity, and sexuality. Click here to say you'll DO it.
George Zimmerman's aquittal has inspired protests across America this week. If you want to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, tell Attorney General Eric Holder to Open a Civil rights case against Zimmerman. Click here to say you'll DO it.
(6 Days to Go and Getting There) Expand Black Girls CODE to Other Cities
Only three percent of black women are in the computer science field. Black Girls CODE teaches girls how to innovate and be a part of tech culture. Read more from founder and GOOD member Kimberly Bryant. Support the program and click here to put it on your To-Do list.
(17 Days to Go and Almost There) Transform the Lives of Low-Income Youth by Supporting a Skateboarding Nonprofit
In New York, the Harold Hunter Foundation is offering mentoring, exercise, as well as career and skill training through skateboarding. Read more from Executive Director and GOOD member Jessica Forsyth. Click here to say you'll DO it.
(26 Days to Go and a Third Way There) Help Tell the Story of How the Drug Trade Affects Honduran Culture
This documentary will educate people about how drug cartel violence has affected Honduran culture and music, through the eyes of a narco-rachera band. Read more from filmmaker and GOOD member Ted Griswold here.
Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
Should Society Fund Mindfulness? Putting taxpayer money toward meditation programs? It’s not as crazy as you might think.
Syrian Refugee Women Learn Self-Defense with Predictably Badass Results Two Arab-American women hope to empower Syrian women fleeing their home country’s conflict with physical training and emotional healing.
Achilles’ Password: Online Security’s Susceptible Straggler These new technologies promise to make your vulnerable passwords obsolete.
Guess Which Wealthy Country Can't Guarantee Access to a Basic Human Need? This week, Detroit's neediest had their water turned off. Here's what you can do about it.
If More Couples Smoked Weed, Would There Be Less Domestic Violence? Spouses who smoke weed are less likely to inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm on their significant other.
Better Living Through Science: Women in STEM A look at pioneering women in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
How You Type Says a Ton About Your Emotional State This new computer program can see right through your poker face.
Let’s Do More. A Call-to Action by Gap CMO Seth Farbman Data shows that 24% of the 21 million Americans making minimum wage are working in retail, and 64% of those are women.
Meet the Self-Proclaimed President of Colombia’s Hottest Music Trend Champeta started as an outsider Afro-Colombian folk movement. Now it's taking over the country.
Cryptocurrency Regains its Reputation in Paradise Can a renowned tourist hub in Bali become a bitcoin wonderland?
Can a Miracle Fruit Overcome its Unsavory Reputation? Conservationists, farmers, and nutritionists are singing the praises of the breadfruit. If only it didn't taste so bad.
New App Could Tackle Hunger, Will Help You Find a Good Deal PareUp wants to connect food purveyors to thrifty consumers looking to score deals on unused, but still edible, items.