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.
What if Simply Playing Soccer Could Power a Whole Village? Uncharted Play's Soccket balls ingeniously turn kinetic energy into electric current.
Next Time You're at a Pretentious Exhibition, Just Change It Güvenç Özel shows how a digital solution can augment a physical problem.
A Mosaic Shines in Philly A intimate conversation with a fixture of the Philadelphia art world.
Zaha Hadid Had a Busier Week Than You Did A posh homeware line, a math-inspired museum wing, and a blossom-shaped apartment building
London Skaters Fought Gentrification, and Won A coalition of skateboard enthusiasts just saved the birthplace of British skate culture from a future as a shopping center.
“What I Would Like to See is More Bystanders Stepping in to Take Action” The Everyday Sexism Project chronicles more than 80,000 instances of sexism around the world, and it’s making a big policy impact.
It's Not Where You're Going, It's How you Get There The future of transportation is now A look at futuristic forms of transportation that have become reality.
Inside the Minds of 11-Year Olds From Around the World A new documentary probes the special moral clarity of 11-year old children.
This Underwater Museum is Bringing a Coral Reef to Life A collaborative effort spurs a marine project off the coast of Egypt.
“French Navy” and Other Suggestions for Scotland’s New National Anthem EDM, art rock, indie ballads … let’s pretend it’s all on the table if Scotland votes for independence.
How a 17th Century Bible is Helping to Revive a Native-American Language One human language may die every 14 days, but the ancenstral tongue of M.I.T.-trained linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird won't be one of them.
Thank You For Caffeinating The dirty secret behind your favorite soft drink America’s $75 billion love affair with soft drinks has less to do with flavor than a specific, notorious ingredient.