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
An Overlooked Contributor to Climate Change: Leaky Pipes These tricked-out, air sensor-equipped Google cars are helping to identify dangerous natural gas pipelines.
Me No Want Cookie! Sesame Workshop puts the junk food industry on notice. The effort to re-brand fruits and vegetables for kids now has some cute, furry and iconic allies.
How Artists Got a Flock of Extinct Birds to Invade a Museum "Eclipse," now showing at MASS MoCA, commemorates the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon.
Parks We're Crushing On Hang out in a sick park (while at your desk) The coolest greenspaces—old and new—as spotted by an intrepid network of photographers around the globe
Your Groceries Don't Need Their Own Bus Seat, Thanks Facebook's Jet Burrows and the Analog Lab team have created the much-needed 10 Commandments of Transit.
Why This Teen-Created Police Accountability App Rules Five-O, a new police accountability app created by three Georgia teens, is the most comprehensive tool of its kind.
Exit Through the Riverbed Olafur Eliasson's new museum exhibit will leave you thinking and splashing.
How Do You Compete With a Flying Toilet? The Savvyloo toilet is a bold step forward in the world sanitation crisis.
Elementary Schoolers Imagine Street Carts of the Future These prototypes show how a group of students from Brooklyn think street vendors and mobile service stations should look in 30 years.
City Park Showdown Who’s winning in the quest for the perfect urban oasis? Looking at which U.S. cities are investing most in parks and how it’s evolved over time. #GoodCitiesProject
Today We Humans Used Up the Ecological Resources We Had for the Year Earth Overshoot Day once again appears earlier on the calendar.
The Secret World of Dinosaur Smuggling Mongolia battles the black market to preserve its natural history