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.
On August 17, GOOD Local's Brian Rosenbaum is asking you to join one big bike ride through Watts, one of LA's most dynamic communities. The day's events will cover not only bike safety but also a chance to join the conversation about the city with leaders from Watts. Click here to say you'll DO it.
Crowdsourced IdeasPierce Freelon builds studios called Beat Making Labs in cultural centers around the world. Now he wants the project to grow. Help create positive social impact by giving youth the tools and training to make beats and songs. Do you know of a community or youth group that needs this? Let him know here.
GOOD member Henrik Dahle is asking you to draw him a tree, in any way you want, for his book about climbing 365 trees across the world. Read more from him here. Click here to put it on your To-Do list.
When GOOD member and filmmaker Fabienne Lips-Dumas visited Cité Soleil in Haiti, she was inspired by the musicians and people running medical clinics, radio stations, and schools, despite community struggles with gang violence and squalor. They wanted to tell their story of hope, and that is what Lips-Dumas aims to help them do. Read more from her here.
4 Days to Go: Creativity-Inducing T-Shirts for Kids
GOOD member Agnieszka Gasparska has created these T-shirts that let kids change around the designs whenever they'd like, using colored pieces of felt that button and snap onto them. It's a form of play that's way better than dress-up because you can make a sandwich or explore outer space in the process. The Itty Bitty Project keeps kids creative and well dressed. Read more here.
GOOD member Shilpi Gupta is making a documentary about how soccer and life skills training are empowering teens in South Africa, Palestine, and Philadelphia. See them play at a soccer competition, run by the 2010 World Cup. Read more from Gupta here.
17 Days to Go: A Car Exhaust Filter, to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
19-year-old GOOD member Param Jaggi has been studying bio-fuels and bio-reactors since he was 12. Now, he's at Vanderbilt University developing this filter that could hack exhaust systems in cars. Read more from him here.
25 Days to Go: Bamboo Bikes Built by Youth
HERObike makes bikeframes out of bamboo locally harvested in Alabama. Now teens are learning life skills and craftsmanship by building these bikes. Read more from GOOD member Marc O'Brien.
26 Days to Go and Not Close: Public Art to Beautify a Park in Pennsylvania
Public Art Manager and GOOD member Tracy Beyl spends a lot of time figuring out how to make parks in Lancaster, Pennsylvania more fun to visit. This project aims to make Rodney Park a more welcoming gathering space. Read more from her here.
Successful Campaigns We Featured that Got Funded in the Last Two Weeks
- Gardening initiative Nourishmat: Raised $107,534
- Sustainable LA River-based Dry River Brewing Company: Raised $26,060
- Value-based Venture Guidebook by GOOD member Neetal Parekh: Raised $7,446
- Coding program Black Girls CODE: Raised $114,290
- Millennial Guidebook The Quarterlife Breakthrough: Raised $12,790
Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
Understanding Africa’s Ebola-Denying Communities While Americans panic over a tiny risk, some Africans in Ebola-stricken counties think the entire virus is make-believe.
Why Your American Wiener is Unimpressive We should all be envious of Iceland’s tasty, high-quality hot dogs
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.