August's 30 Days of GOOD Challenge: Back to School #30DaysofGOOD

This month, commit to learning something new every day. We'll post tasks, ideas, and links you can use to gain new knowledge and acquire new skills.


Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do 30 Days of GOOD (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. This month we're going "Back to School" and committing to learn something new every day.

Just because you're not in a classroom anymore doesn't mean your education is over. Thanks to the Internet and the multitude of free local resources available to us in our communities, it's easier than ever to be a lifelong learner.

We're calling August's 30 Days of GOOD challenge "Back to School" because we're committing to learning something new every day. You know how you always say you're going to sign up for a class, visit the library, or use the web for something better than reading about celebrities' love lives? Well, join us in using this month's challenge to do all those things, as well as kickstart an "always learning" habit.

All month long, we'll post tasks, ideas, and links you can use to gain new knowledge and acquire new skills. We'll hit a variety of subjects, from art to zoology, and mix things up by including information you'll be able to put to practical use (like how to perform basic first aid) as well as stuff that'll be useful for cocktail parties (like which architects everyone should be familiar with). We'll feature guest posts by friends and partners in the GOOD community. We'll also ask you to help us develop curricula for a couple of subject areas.

Be a part of the action by signing up for the 30 Days of GOOD email newsletter below, and checking in here at each weekday this month. Connect us with on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, where we'll use the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD for updates. Also, make sure to follow GOOD's education editor Liz Dwyer for her interesting and insightful articles about the current state of education and the future of learning.

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