Innovation makes the world go around, so why not crowdfund it? The best thinkers and ideamakers are the those who can make collective progress, so if we support their causes, projects, and ideas, we can be a part of bettering the future of our planet.
Maybe you don’t know what causes you care about yet, or maybe you’re still searching. Consider this a guide of the goodness you can get behind. Take a look at GOOD's curated Kickstarter page, which we'll be updating regularly, and check back every Saturday for a round up of our favorite projects from the crowdfunding world.
2 Days to Go (and not so close): A Podcast on the Cultures of Copenhagen, Toronto, and London
You may know Colin Marshall for covering filmmakers, writers, and interesting culturalists on the Santa Barbara radio waves, or you may know of his Notebook podcast. Now, he's getting into season four, and he's planning on offering even more insight about the cities we should explore around the world.
Film and the Environment
17 Days to Go (and not close): A Documentary About Coal Export in the Pacific Northwest
Nonprofit Protect Our Winters cares not only about climate change, but also winter sports. And, if our world heats up, there won't be skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes and boosting the economies of areas that rely on these athletes. Now, POW is part of a project that aims to reveal the dangers behind coal export in the Pacific Northwest. The project doesn't stop there. They aim to make this a grassroots movement, to raise more awareness about coal export and how it's destroying the environment. Read more from POW founder Chris Steinkamp.
Design, Environment, and Health
19 Days to Go (and almost there): A Community Pool That Filters The New York River
It makes sense to swim in a river...when it's clean. The Float Lab will filter the East River in New York, while serving as a community pool in which people can improve their health by staying active. Read more from Design Curator, Adele Peters.
Art, Health, and Community
20 Days to Go (and not so close): Public Art You Can Workout With in New York
Exercising can be so much more stimulating around art. Flexible Art aims to work with the Boys and Girls Club of Astoria and Sunnyside to create sculptures that people in Queens will be able to work out on. Read more about how creator Darren Goins plans to engage his community and educate young kids.
Education and Creativity
20 Days to Go (and not close): Toy Hacking Workshops for Kids
U.K.-based non-profit Exploring Senses' CommuniToy workshop is letting kids take apart old toys and create new ones. Rather than wasting, kids are making. Read more from Design Curator, Adele Peters, and learn how you can contribute toys to their cause.
Global Citizenship and Fashion
23 Days to Go (and not close): Investing in Female Garment Workers
The One More (OM) Project is investing in female garment workers by connecting artisans to mindful consumers. Read more from the journalists, Susie Taylor and Jason Motlagh, who were inspired by their investigative Washington Post assignment in Bangladesh to actually do something for the women in Dhaka.
Tell us what projects you're getting behind in the comments below. Push progress forward, and do it for our collective good.
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