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.
GOOD member Morgan Grace has created a Happiness Project in Austin, Texas. Each month, she meets with a group to talk about spreading happiness. Today, they're volunteering at a local food pantry and next month they're planning a side-of-the-highway-dance-off while passing out affirmations to people coming home from work. With this project, her aim is to brighten people's days. Add her DO to your To-Do list. Tell her if you tried her experiment. (And, while you're at it, check out the crowdsourced happiness projects of Negin Singh, Nicholas Kraft, and Jonny Miller.)
This code of conduct was written by a bishop in 1943. While it seems laughable, some churches still used it up until 1960. And, now, some Christian bookstores won't sell evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evan's book about following all of the Bible's instructions for women because she used words like champagne and vagina. Rewrite this code of conduct into a code of empowerment. Send @GOOD pics with the message, "I rewrote this outdated code of conduct for #women" and use the hashtag #feminism.
Want to do something about global warming but don't know how? Researchers at University of Buffalo are asking you to measure your local water levels by adding your favorite bodies of water to their crowd-hydrology map. Email them at email@example.com to get a stream gaging station set up in your area.
(Less Than a Day To Go) A Book About Quarterlife Breakthroughs, Not Crises
GOOD member Adam Poswolsky wrote about his quarterlife breakthrough book project before it made our roundup, and he got overfunded within four days of posting! He even had a successful Google Hangout this week in which he offered tips to our community about how to find a fulfilling job.
(Two Days to Go and Not Close) A Raw Food Snack Kitchen
GOOD member Angelica Xavier had a health condition that led her to adopt a raw food diet. Now, she's making tasty raw food snacks (including truffles!) and wants to expand her kitchen. Read more from her here.
(14 Days to Go and Not Close) Demystifying Mental Illness in Indonesia with Photography
When GOOD member, photographer, and filmmaker Gabriela Bhaskar learned about mental health treatments in Indonesia, she wanted to document how clinics and families were treating patients. Her aim is to demystify mental illness, and make it something we can all talk about. Read more from her here.
(18 Days to Go and a Quarter of the Way There) A Film About the Happiest People in America
According to Shawn Anchor, New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage, and founder of the Institute of Positive Research, only 10 percent of our happiness comes from factors we cannot control—genetics mainly—while the remaining 90 percent is based on choice. Filmmaker Nicholas Kraft is exploring people of varying backgrounds across America that have chosen to be happy, despite circumstance. Read more from him here and tell him about the happiest person you know.
GOOD member David Zimmerman has created an app that connects you with the people around you—offline. Unplug at some point today so that you can meet up with friends, or get involved in your community. Collectively, this action could help us build better neighborhoods.
Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
Stepping Inside a World of Private Violence A new documentary probes domestic violence in America via the gut-wrenching story of one survivor seeking justice.
Building Foundations for a Stronger Future Dr. Franciamore was able to channel her education into a jumping off point to change her world.
Can Kickstarter Keep It Real? An interview with Yancey Strickler The co-founder of Kickstarter on progress, patronage, and potato salad.
The Organization Creating Starry-Eyed Future Scientists Universe Awareness introduces kids ages four to 10 to the wonder of the cosmos.
The Multicultural Power of the Stoner ComedyFans of Cheech & Chong and Harold & Kumar never have to ask “dude, where’s my diversity?”
Y U No Show Consequences? A meme review of the dramedy Men, Women, and Children Where do we start with Jason Reitman’s new film? Let’s discuss in the parlance of the internet: memes.
Everything You Need to Know About Cooking with Blood An interview with “blood lady,” Elisabeth Paul The Nordic Food Lab's innovative approaches to a culinarily neglected ingredient
American Women Are Finally Talking About Their Abortions
A new online community and a growing chorus of female politicians are de-stigmatizing the controversial choice.
Naming the Worst Thing Imaginable The documentary Watchers of the Sky forces viewers to confront genocide via the term’s dedicated, undaunted inventor.
6 Young Adult Protagonists Who Aren’t White
Teen fiction often relegates characters of color to the margins, if they appear at all. These books help broaden the spectrum.
Heads in the Clouds Take some time to channel your inner cloud-watcher and you just might discover something new, like these citizen scientists did