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
Text Messages You Can Smell This company's device and app allows you to send scents through your phone.
This Tree Produces Forty Types of Fruit The living, edible art of Sam Van Aken's grafted stone fruit experiment
Dear 14-Year-Old Me The intuitive, emotional side of yourself guides your experiences and shapes how you learn. You grasp information viscerally, which can make traditional schooling a little bit harder for you.
Danish Architects Reimagine the Zoo The search for a more ethical wildlife park
Learning to Farm Fish Responsibly Breakthroughs in aquaculture are winning over longtime skeptics.
Stories for Boys Sundance-winner Rich Hill picks up where Linklater left off.
The Human Side of Spam Spanish photographer Christina de Middel smudges fact and fiction with her staged images of Russian widows and Nigerian lawyers in distress.
Why Oysters are Shacking up in Old Subway Cars States scrap over metal in a race to boast the greenest reef.
A Cable Car Revolution in the World’s Highest City The future of Bolivia’s public transportation takes to the skies.
When Humans Fight, but Animals Win Penguins have resorted to using landmines to keep pesky humans away.
So You Think You’re a Foodie? Pop culture was onto these trends way before you were. A sampling of the screwball comedies, sob stories, and sci-fis that anticipated our culinary moment
Dear Nine-Year-Old Me The transition is going to be difficult for you, but whenever you feel a little lonely and left out, take comfort in the knowledge that you are honing one of your greatest superpowers.