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.
GOOD member Rob Greenfield's bamboo bike was stolen in San Diego. But he's not down about it. He just wants you to share this photo on Facebook. If the bike is found, he'll travel across America, off the grid, to do good.
With all the debates around the Affordable Care Act, GOOD member Sunaina Sondhi is asking you if you have health insurance—and if not, why not? Explore health insurance options in your state and join the conversation here.
Do you want to help flood victims in Colorado but don't know how? Try donating to shelters through The Red Cross, Salvation Army, Boulder Humane Society or the Foothills Flood Relief Fund. And, if you're in Colorado, volunteer with All Hands Volunteers.
Nonprofit Kitechild is helping orphanage Mercy Mission in Liberia install solar energy panels so that they can save on electricity costs and have enough funds to make meals for the 27 children in their care. GOOD member Chelsea Willett is working on the project and hopes to replicate it globally. Click here to add fundraising support for it to your To-Do list.
GOOD member, paramedic, and founder of Trek Medics International Jason Friesen is rethinking 911 around the globe. He's training regular citizens how to respond as EMTs during disasters or emergencies. Learn more about his app and educational program, Beacon. Click here to support.
In low-income urban schools, many children face ongoing stress that affects their learning. Bring meditation education to these schools by helping the David Lynch Foundation get their donations matched in Microsoft's Give for Youth Challenge. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.
This Sunday, if you're in Los Angeles, join ABLE Collective, GOOD, and GOOD member Maggie Davis at Handsome Coffee Roasters (582 Mateo St.) for a fundraising event that supports Syrian refugees. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.
Successful Campaigns We've Featured That Have Been Funded in the Last Few Weeks
- Book by Matt Manos, How to Give Half Your Work Away for Free—Raised $5,960
- Sonja Rasula's Co-Working Space in Los Angeles—Raised $114,933
Put crowdsourced projects you can care about on your radar. Let us know about any of your projects here.
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
Understanding Africa’s Ebola-Denying Communities While Americans panic over a tiny risk, some Africans in Ebola-stricken counties think the entire virus is make-believe.
Why Your American Wiener is Unimpressive We should all be envious of Iceland’s tasty, high-quality hot dogs
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.