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
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