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.
New Technology Could Help Paralyzed People Turn Thought into Action New developments in thought-relaying research help give movement back to the paralytic community.
The Racket Over Rabbit: Whole Foods’ Newest Meat Causes a Furor Whole Foods falls down the ethical rabbit hole of selling coveted, controversial bunny meat.
Why Can’t People Cozy up to Cuddle Capitalism? Despite their restorative and intimacy-inducing effects, cuddling services are increasingly coming under attack. Are critics simply out of touch?
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.