July's 30 Days of GOOD Challenge: Do it Yourself #30DaysofGOOD

This month, we challenge you to build, repair, and hack. We'll offer simple projects, guides, and tips to get you using your hands and brains to DIY.

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. Our challenge for July? Do It Yourself.

Modern society tends to treat possessions as temporary and disposable. So this month we're going to challenge you to find ways to salvage your stuff, fix it up, and make it even better. Welcome to the 30 Days of GOOD challenge for July: Do It Yourself. This one is going to be a lot of fun.


DIY is a broad concept. It's an adjective, a noun, a movement, and a way of life. DIY is changing the oil in your car. It's painting an old dresser to give it pizzazz. It's learning about the right (and wrong) tools and materials, and feeling comfortable finding and trying new projects.

Over the course of July, we'll help guide you towards handy enlightenment through daily updates, projects, guides, and tips. We can't make you an instant expert in design and construction, but we'll help get you the tools and knowledge you need to move forward on your own. For projects that go beyond at-home capabilities, we'll share tips on how to find the best, most relevant help and resources.

I'm Mike Senese and I'll be your DIY guru for the next 30 days. Aside from being a workshop junkie, I host science and engineering TV shows on Discovery, Science Channel, and fuse. I write about technology and tools, and create how-to's for publications like Wired and Gizmodo. I also maintain the DIY project blog DO IT, where I keep a running account of the projects I'm working on or find inspiring.

I'm really looking forward to this next month. We'll break things, we'll fix things, and we'll have a blast doing it. By the end of the challenge, you'll be empowered and equipped to use your hands and brains to continue the journey.

Check out the video above for a sneak peek at some of the projects we'll tackle this month. And if you haven't yet, sign up below for the daily 30 Days of GOOD email. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter–use the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD for any relevant tweets or Facebook updates.

See you tomorrow with your first assignment.

We're giving away $1000 for you to share your own DIY skills with others. Participate in our Host a GOOD Workshop challenge.

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