The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week
You can learn about so many things on the internet, but how much more powerful would it be if you could also DO after you learned stuff? From freestyle rapping to starting your own compost, we have things for you to learn and do from this past week.
Let's Learn First:
Homes are no longer designed, nor built, to shelter generations of a family. Carpenters refer to 2x4s as “sticks” or “toothpicks” for a reason.
Luckily, there are alternatives.
A DO Suggestion? Help build homes abroad for communities in need with United Planet.
An energy company in northern Sweden is working to make the winter doldrums a little brighter.
How do freestyle aficianados come up with such creative rhymes so quickly? It turns out that the energy that goes into freestyling fires up the synapses in your brain in pretty unique ways.
A DO Suggestion? Start your own freestyle rap battle.
Bounce Imaging has created a bouncing, ball-shaped camera that's designed to get into dangerous places so people don't have to.
A DO Suggestion? Create your own pinhole camera.
A DO Suggestion? Participate in a bike share.
Ameet Mehta and Dhirendra Singh were in India in 2011 to distribute need and performance based scholarships through the VIDYA Foundation when they noticed girls’ high drop-out rates. By way of explanation, they were told that the girls had “become women.”
A DO Suggestion? Mentor a young girl in your area. Volunteer with The Society for Girls.
Not only are physicians at higher risk for burnout, depression, and substance abuse, but your doctor is six times more likely to commit suicide than you are.
A DO Suggestion? Give your doctor some TLC. Write him a letter of appreciation or send him a gift basket.
Growing our own food, when done by many people, is part of the solution to some of society’s most pernicious problems. But are the gardens that are sprouting up throughout our cities and counties built to last?
A DO Suggestion? Help build a community garden.
Residents in Portland, Maine, have one less reason to waste food.
A DO Suggestion? Start your own compost.
In a county dominated by industrial poultry farming, we asked the students, "What's another way to look at it?"
A DO Suggestion? Come up with a design for a chicken coop.
Whether an effort to redeem their tarnished reputation, or just good marketing, the Swedish-based company has come up with a Global Clothes Collecting Initiative.
A DO Suggestion? Participate in a clothing swap with friends.
I have been noodling ideas on how to use technology to facilitate after-school community—privately and safely—for even younger kids and their parents.
A DO Suggestion? Come up with ways you can incorporate technology into schools and pitch them to a local school board meeting. Are you a web developer or graphic designer? Lend your skills to a local school.
Pet therapy in hospitals helps boost health, but for some young cancer patients with weakened immune systems, it's not an option.
A DO Suggestion? Provoke government accountability through POGO.
The best gifts are ones that tell a story. This holiday season is the perfect time to think about how you can make every gift more meaningful.
A DO Suggestion? Only purchase fair trade items as gifts this holiday season, or make your own.
Now, Let's DO:
This year more than 2,500 schools were nominated but only 7 will receive a grant. It’s up to you to determine which schools do.
This winter, GOOD is opening up our office to welcome one ambitious creative entrepreneur on the verge of launching his or her passion project. Submit a short proposal about your project and you could win a trip to Los Angeles to work in the GOOD offices for a week.
Most water filters on the market were composed of up to 60 percent petroleum-based plastic that almost always ended up in landfills. Back a project that reinvents the water filter so that it is more sustainable. Back Soma
A global call for submissions for people to capture "What you have and What you need". All submissions must be filmed or taped on 12/12/2012.
Bloomberg is challenging New Yorkers to help redesign the phone booths.
Submit an idea by December 12th for how you would spend $500 to answer that question.
Brooklyn Assembly Kits is now making beautiful handcrafted DIY kits. This holiday season, slow down and make something by hand for your friends.
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.
What to Do When Your Country is Drowning The wild and desperate ways island nations are fighting the effects of climate change
The Rise of Drone Pizza Delivery Why the skies will soon be filled with flying, snack-bearing robots
How Helsinki Became a Public Transporation Paradise One European city plans to make car ownership obsolete within a decade.
Follow the Crowd NanoCrafter and the rise of group intelligence Why online gaming may just be the future of science
The Empathy Mirror Neurofeedback enables us to better see ourselves in the other. Recent discoveries in neurofeedback can teach you to be less of a dick.
Robots On Ice Probe the Arctic Why a team of research robots is investigating disappearing sea ice, and why you should care
Don’t Turn Away Colin Finlay photographs the consequences of climate change. You will never see more beautiful photos of the deteriorating state of our planet than the ones in this photo feature.
Puppy Love How dogecoin spawned an improbable community of giving What a canine-emblazoned cryptocurrency can teach about philanthropy
Positive In, Positive Out: How a USC Alumna is Coping with Lymphoma Coast Guard Reserves member Cassie Sulfridge, 28, had just graduated from MSW@USC, the Southern California university’s web-based Master of Social Work program, and was working two jobs when her life was turned upside down.