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 members' projects from the crowdsourced world.
For social innovators out there looking for help with promotion, the New York Times is running a contest for small businesses. Take an unposed shot that captures the essence of the work you do, and you'll be highlighted on their site and Facebook page. Click here to say you'll do it to inspire other small businesses.
GOOD member Reveca Torres was in a car accident when she was 13, and has been paralyzed from the chest down ever since. But her goal is not to focus on her disability. Rather, she wants you to connect with the strong community she's created of others with SCI. So, she invites you to trade your shoes for wheels to celebrate Spinal Chord Injury Awareness month, and she'll tell you how. Connect with her and ask questions here.
On September 11 at 1p.m., UNICEF is hosting a Google Hangout to brainstorm ways that youth can get involved in the movement to raise awareness about child trafficking. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.
With many public schools being shut down in Chicago recently, teachers are out of jobs and some students find that it's even harder to get to school on time. Organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are trying to privatize schooling, which only perpetuates the problem. Send them a message that they have to stop. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.
Using urine analysis, the uCheck app will enable regular monitoring of early warning markers for more than 25 medical conditions, including complications of diabetes, pregnancy, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections. It will also measure Glucose, Protein, Urobilinogen, Calcium, Blood, Creatinine, pH, Ketone, Bilirubin, Specific Gravity, Nitrites, Leucocyte, Ascorbic Acid, and Microalbumin. The developers hope this could potentially democratize healthcare. Read more from developer Myshkin Ingawale.
GOOD member Amy Young shared this DO to help bring conservation and preservation education to more youth in orphanages through Green Camaroon. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.
This toy teaches blind children how to read Braille with puzzle pieces in the shapes of the words. And now, the toy-makers want to add to the experience of learning with sound and texture. Learn more from founder Anthony Vipin Das.
Successful Projects We Featured That Got Funded in the Last Few Weeks:
- Sustainable products to fund disaster relief by GOOD 100 member Tippy Tippens— raised $4,518
- The Marina Abramovic Institute: A gathering place for artists, educators, scientists, and technologists—raised $661,452
Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
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