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
The Rise of Drone Pizza Delivery Why the skies will soon be filled with flying, snack-bearing robots
How Helsinki Became a Public Transporation Paradise One European city plans to make car ownership obsolete within a decade.
Follow the Crowd NanoCrafter and the rise of group intelligence Why online gaming may just be the future of science
The Empathy Mirror Neurofeedback enables us to better see ourselves in the other. Recent discoveries in neurofeedback can teach you to be less of a dick.
Robots On Ice Probe the Arctic Why a team of research robots is investigating disappearing sea ice, and why you should care
Don’t Turn Away Colin Finlay photographs the consequences of climate change. You will never see more beautiful photos of the deteriorating state of our planet than the ones in this photo feature.
Puppy Love How dogecoin spawned an improbable community of giving What a canine-emblazoned cryptocurrency can teach about philanthropy
Positive In, Positive Out: How a USC Alumna is Coping with Lymphoma Coast Guard Reserves member Cassie Sulfridge, 28, had just graduated from MSW@USC, the Southern California university’s web-based Master of Social Work program, and was working two jobs when her life was turned upside down.
Politics by Yummier Means An Israeli-Palestinian popup restaurant and the precarious art of gastric diplomacy Two chefs win over hearts, minds, and stomachs in Jerusalem.
Rag Time Seven seriously f’d up t-shirts that somehow made their way onto shelves Brazil’s “lookin’ to score” tee is, unfortunately, part of a recent tradition of aberrant apparel.
LeBron James Complicates Cleveland's Comeback Story Returning to Cleveland, LeBron James contends with a city’s past and conflicting views of its future
The Equalizers For these Brazilian footballing legends, competitive play wasn’t a diversion from societal ills, but a means to redress them. A secret history of the fight for social justice among Brazil’s greatest soccer stars of the past century