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 Dave Whiteside lives in Waterloo, Ontario and has organized a group that meets to hang out, exercise, and clean up city parks. It's such a great idea that we think it would be great if you created your own clean-up group. Add it to your To-Do list.
Do you want more trees by your local schools and hang-outs to provide clean air for us all? Los Angeles-based non-profit Tree People wants to help. Call them—or, better yet, write them a letter, with drawings from kids at your local school.
In 1991, the Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee failed to acknowledge female architect Denise Scott Brown for her contributions to the field, instead choosing to award her firm's male co-partner, Robert Venturi. Sign this petition in support of recognizing Denise Scott Brown.
Crowdsourced Resources and Skills
GOOD member and self-governance collective Freelab is creating video guides about how to operate solidarity economies effectively. Why? Their goal is to help build stronger communities that can support one another and live off the land. They just need translators and video editors to make it work. Read more about their work and add pro bono creative work to your To-Do list.
10 Days to Go: Recycling Detroit Before it Gets Demolished
Since Detroit filed for bankruptcy, design company Holstee is working with Reclaim Detroit to collect wood from abandoned buildings before they get demolished. Now, they're making frames.
11 Days to Go: An Animated Film Made with Hands-On Creativity
Filmmaker and creator of Lift Animation, Rachel Johnson, was born with a physical disability, but it never stopped her from being creative. In fact, it has fueled the creation of a lot of her stop-motion animated films. This film tells the story of Herietta Bulkowski, who learns to use her creativity to explore the world despite a curved spine that prevents her from seeing the sky. A film made entirely by hand with wires, clay, and paper, Henrietta Bulkowski shows how beautiful a film can be when made with sourced materials. Read more from associate producer Adele Han Li.
24 Days to Go: A Documentary About Unresolved Journalist Killings in Peru
This documentary tells the story of an unresolved murder case involving a group of journalists killed by villagers in Peru. Read more from one of their close colleagues, Carmen Valdivieso Hubert.
Matar is an online shop offering goods made by widowed Syrian women displaced by war who use their beautiful embroidery skills to make a living.
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.