Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress

With our Push for GOOD series, we have identified crowdfunding opportunities to get behind. Now we are also shining a light on crowd-doing...

With our Push for Good series, we have identified crowdfunding opportunities to get behind. Now we are also shining a light on crowd-doing opportunities—so you can join others in working towards the greater good with actions as well as donations. Here's our weekly round-up of our favorite projects from the crowdsourced world.

Crowd Research (With Your Computers)

The Clean Energy Project


How do you find all the carbon-based compounds that can convert sunlight into energy? You don't have to be a scientist. If you give up your PC computer when it's idle, researchers at Harvard University can use grid computing to research solar energy solutions much faster.

Crowd Design (With Your Skills)

Redesign Child Health Records for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Do you think you can make child health records more efficient and easier to use? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are asking you to submit redesigns by October 31.

Crowd Petition (With Your Signatures)

Tell Congress to Reform Immigration for All Families


This week marked a moment in history for same-sex couples. With the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it's time to consider that immigrants who are in gay and lesbian relationships in America may have a hard time staying with loved ones if visas expire. Tell Congress to reform immigration for all couples through the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Crowdfunding (With Your Wallet)

(2 Days to Go) Raise Awareness About the Musicians That Live Along the River Nile

Read more from filmmaker Nick Fitzhugh.

(4 Days to Go) Help Finish a Documentary About the DIY Agriculture Technology Movement

Read more from The Spark filmmakers.

(16 Days to Go) Reinvent the Image of Drones

Poet and filmmaker David Shook is dropping poem bombs onto areas that have experienced air strikes in an aim to address the United States military's use of drones. He'll also be publishing the poems in an anthology to be printed on biodegradable paper infused with seeds—so the poems can be planted to grow wildflowers. Read more here.

(17 Days to Go) Teach Social Justice to Kids Through This Alphabet Poster

Read more from the creators and artists, L is for Liberation Collective.

(17 Days to Go) A Mobile App That Will Get You Outdoors and Walking

Ethos Adventures is creating a mobile app with a choose-your-own-adventure model. You'll not only be able to find eco-friendly, healthy, and fun ways to travel, but also enjoy the great outdoors.

Illustration by Jessica De Jesus


Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

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One mystery in our universe is a step closer to being solved. NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched last year to help scientists understand the sun. Now, it has returned its first findings. Four papers were published in the journal Nature detailing the findings of Parker's first two flybys. It's one small step for a solar probe, one giant leap for mankind.

It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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Since the mid '90s the phrase "God Forgives, Brothers Don't" has been part of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's football team's lexicon.

Over the past few years, the team has taken the field flying a black skull-and-crossbones flag with an acronym for the phrase, "GFBD" on the skull's upper lip. Supporters of the team also use it on social media as #GFBD.

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