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 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.
First, Let's Learn:
Vampire draw is the pet name for the electrical power your electronics consume when they are switched off.
Let’s dig into the science of it all...
A DO Suggestion? Unplug all your devices at the end of the night, especially when you're not using them.
If we do nothing, and we lose half our farmers, we can expect these four undesirable things to happen in varying degrees...
Luckily, there is a glimmer of hope.
A DO Suggestion? Ask Congress for a better Farm Bill.
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.
If derelict homes in Chicago head to the dump, it's the end of story for all the materials that went into making them. At Rebuilding Exchange, they're creating a different end to the story.
A DO Suggestion? If you're in Chicago, learn to rebuild furniture by volunteering at RX, or salvage unwanted materials from derelict buildings in your community and find other uses for them.
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.
A DO Suggestion? Ask the organization that runs the boats, Shidhulai Swanikar Sangsta, how you can help their cause.
"Welcome to Tuesday and the school's Changemaker Day!" read the whiteboard in Mr. Frazell's third grade classroom. It was a beautiful morning, and Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School's inaugural Changemaker Day was about to begin...
A DO Suggestion? Go to a school board meeting and suggest a "Changemaker Day" in your local school.
Cheaper than Solar: Gravity-Powered Lights for the Developing World
How do you light your home if you're not connected to an electrical grid? Two British designers think they may have a better solution: gravity-powered lighting.
A DO Suggestion? Support the GravityLight's indiegogo project to bring more sustainable lighting options to communities living off the electrical grid.
A clock was created where the base unit of measurement is not seconds, but seasons.
A DO Suggestion? Measure the value in your days. Record what truly counts.
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.
A DO Suggestion? Recycle your water.
It’s a fun way to interact with a complete stranger. It’s also a way to help keep people from crossing dangerous intersections.
A DO Suggestion? Next time you walk across the street and see someone on the other end of the crosswalk, say hello and smile.
The key is matching your personality with your career. Here are four steps to try to zero in on who you are and discover how that relates to your passion for work.
A DO Suggestion? Conduct an informational interview with someone in a field you admire.
Now, Let's DO the DOs:
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...
If you believe in re-imagining and rebuilding education to support our highest potential, support Educate 2020 with as little as $5 and join the movement to innovative education for the 21st century. Consider getting involved on a bigger level at Educate 2020.com.
You can help make a difference for students across the country by casting your vote for one of the 2,500 schools in Clorox's Power A Bright Future program. Read more here.
Today begins a two-month activation that begins with one simple request: Make a wish, a Wish for the Future.
Learn more here.
Can Kickstarter Keep It Real?
An interview with Yancey StricklerThe co-founder of Kickstarter on progress, patronage, and potato salad.
The Organization Creating Starry-Eyed Future Scientists Universe Awareness introduces kids ages four to 10 to the wonder of the cosmos.
The Multicultural Power of the Stoner ComedyFans of Cheech & Chong and Harold & Kumar never have to ask “dude, where’s my diversity?”
Y U No Show Consequences? A meme review of the dramedy Men, Women, and Children Where do we start with Jason Reitman’s new film? Let’s discuss in the parlance of the internet: memes.
American Women Are Finally Talking About Their Abortions
A new online community and a growing chorus of female politicians are de-stigmatizing the controversial choice.
Everything You Need to Know About Cooking with Blood An interview with “blood lady,” Elisabeth Paul The Nordic Food Lab's innovative approaches to a culinarily neglected ingredient
Naming the Worst Thing Imaginable The documentary Watchers of the Sky forces viewers to confront genocide via the term’s dedicated, undaunted inventor.
6 Young Adult Protagonists Who Aren’t White
Teen fiction often relegates characters of color to the margins, if they appear at all. These books help broaden the spectrum.
Heads in the Clouds Take some time to channel your inner cloud-watcher and you just might discover something new, like these citizen scientists did
This Couple Spent Six Months Eating Garbage Premiering on World Food Day, the new documentary Just Eat It highlights American food waste from soup to nuts.
A Street Art Festival that Puts Women on Walls
In Jordan, artists take over public space to empower women otherwise too fearful to speak out against street harassment.