The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week
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The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week

by Alessandra Rizzotti

January 6, 2013

 
A DO Suggestion? Contribute to iFixit. Write a repair manual. Offer advice about your favorite device's tech issues. Next time a gadget of yours breaks, fix it.
 
Last week, Cory Booker gamely agreed to step into the shoes of America's poor and live on $33 in food stamps a week. But let's not take our eyes off the real issue: ending poverty. 
 
 
A DO Suggestion? Volunteer at Feeding America.
 
 
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.

 
A DO Suggestion? Become a climate leader and sign the climatereality.org pledge.

Now, Let's DO the DOs:

 
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?

 
Garbage to Garden makes composting in the home easy by offering a curbside pickup program that collects your compost weekly. Let's help expand this service nationwide...
 

Illustration by Jessica De Jesus. Original Image via (cc) Flickr user Ephemeral Scraps.

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Alessandra Rizzotti has written for GOOD, Little Darling, Idealist, Takepart, Heeb, Smith, Hello Giggles, Reimagine, and has been featured on The White House blog for her work on the editorial series “Women Working to Do Good.” The editorial series she created for GOOD, “Push for Good,” helped raise over one million dollars for crowdfunding projects in social impact, and she helped launch impact campaigns with GOOD for Purina, GAP, Focus Features, Google, Apollo, and National MS Society. She’s also been published in three Harper Perrennial books with her six word memoirs, as well as four monologue books for Hal Leonard/Applause in collaboration with Grammy winner and GOOD member Alisha Gaddis. Her video art has been featured in Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher’s “Learning to Love You More” Gallery at the Baltic Contemporary Art Museum. In her freetime, she volunteers with CASA, beekeeps with nonprofit organization Honeylove, and edits children’s chapbooks for 826 LA. At Backstage Magazine, Alessandra currently strategizes and writes Twitter chats (in which she’s garnered seven million impressions) and edits casting notices, where she bridges the gap between filmmakers and actors.
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