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.
Should Society Fund Mindfulness? Putting taxpayer money toward meditation programs? It’s not as crazy as you might think.
Syrian Refugee Women Learn Self-Defense with Predictably Badass Results Two Arab-American women hope to empower Syrian women fleeing their home country’s conflict with physical training and emotional healing.
Achilles’ Password: Online Security’s Susceptible Straggler These new technologies promise to make your vulnerable passwords obsolete.
Guess Which Wealthy Country Can't Guarantee Access to a Basic Human Need? This week, Detroit's neediest had their water turned off. Here's what you can do about it.
If More Couples Smoked Weed, Would There Be Less Domestic Violence? Spouses who smoke weed are less likely to inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm on their significant other.
Better Living Through Science: Women in STEM A look at pioneering women in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
How You Type Says a Ton About Your Emotional State This new computer program can see right through your poker face.
Let’s Do More. A Call-to Action by Gap CMO Seth Farbman Data shows that 24% of the 21 million Americans making minimum wage are working in retail, and 64% of those are women.
Meet the Self-Proclaimed President of Colombia’s Hottest Music Trend Champeta started as an outsider Afro-Colombian folk movement. Now it's taking over the country.
Cryptocurrency Regains its Reputation in Paradise Can a renowned tourist hub in Bali become a bitcoin wonderland?
Can a Miracle Fruit Overcome its Unsavory Reputation? Conservationists, farmers, and nutritionists are singing the praises of the breadfruit. If only it didn't taste so bad.
New App Could Tackle Hunger, Will Help You Find a Good Deal PareUp wants to connect food purveyors to thrifty consumers looking to score deals on unused, but still edible, items.