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Project 012: Brainstorm

Public education is part of our cultural heritage, and it's something we need to preserve. But it's up against some seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Fortunately, there are people like Dave Eggers. The Once Upon a School (OUAS) initiative is a project that grew out of his 2008 TED Prize-awarded by..

Public education is part of our cultural heritage, and it's something we need to preserve. But it's up against some seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Fortunately, there are people like Dave Eggers. The Once Upon a School (OUAS) initiative is a project that grew out of his 2008 TED Prize-awarded by the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference-and his subsequent "wish" to collect 1,000 stories of people doing their part to involve themselves in helping public education. The program attempts to mobilize companies and individuals with creative plans to help public schools-like funding a prom or building a playground. You might not have the means to fund construction, but you can probably think up a way to help a kid or two in your neighborhood. So we've partnered with OUAS to hold an open call for ideas that answer the question How can you help local public-school children? Post ideas on our website and you might see your plan put to use. See you next school year.THE ASSIGNMENTSend us an idea to help your local public school.THE REQUIREMENTSPost an entry on our website.THE DETAILSSend your entry to projects(at)goodmagazine(dot)com or post it in the comments below. See the submissions here.ONCE UPON A SCHOOLSee Dave Eggers's TEDPrize acceptance speech below. It's really worth a look.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaSF1gPBKrA

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