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 inventions inspired by woodpeckers and beetles, to hosting a Secret Sandy and making a wish for the future, we have things for you to learn and DO from this past week.
When Anirudha Surabhi was a grad student at the Royal College of Art in London, he was in a bike accident and got a concussion. He wondered why the helmet hadn’t worked—and decided to explore the problem for his thesis project.
A DO Suggestion? If you ride a bike, make sure you wear your helmet correctly. Read about the do's and don'ts. And, if you don't wear a helmet, do we need to tell you to?
Cateura, Paraguay, is a town built on a landfill. Favio Chavez, who works as an ecological technician at the landfill, wanted to offer something more for young people, and decided to start designing violins, cellos, and other instruments from trash.
Every year, during monsoon season, much of low-lying Bangladesh goes underwater. One way to help: boats that visit flood zones, bringing children's classrooms, libraries, healthcare, and waste management to more than 80,000 families.
Sara Beaini describes how she wanted to develop a practical and scalable method of patterning a surface to mimic the beetle’s back. This technology has the potential to save energy compared to existing technologies, while utilizing the waste heat from power plants.
Author Tiffany Shlain talks about how from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night her family shuts down every cell phone, iPad, TV, and computer in their house. They call it their "technology Shabbat."
A DO Suggestion? Host a technological Shabbat in your house.
How can food packaging have a useful life after you've eaten whatever's inside? One solution, from a Greek design company, is to create a box that can easily be converted into a toy that kids want to keep.
A DO Suggestion? Make toys from recycled materials.
Liz Dwyer knows in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, every parent across America hugged their kids Friday night. But, she's also going to tell her boys how someone went into that school and shot and killed seven educators and 20 children.
A DO Suggestion? If you have children in your family, talk about gun violence with them.
Rob Schuham works on his wish for the future almost every day as Chief Buzz Advisor to Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, because he wants to make sure that what we are leaving behind for our children, and the generations after them, is a healthy, livable planet that embraces clean, renewable energy.
Here at GOOD HQ, we're working to assemble a a toolkit, or macro to-do list if you will, of what we all should do as part of being good, engaged, and active citizens—citizens not just of our country, but of our communities and of the world at large. So, what should be on the list?
In lieu of a traditional gift exchange, host your own “Secret Sandy” gift swap in your office or with your family this year. Just download this DIY Secret Sandy Guide to get started, and choose from these different “gift” options...
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