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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 Computer)

Computing for Clean Water


About 1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion have little to no sanitation. About 3,900 children die per day as a result of diseases transmitted through unsafe water. Help researchers find more efficient ways to filter water. If you give up your PC computer when it's idle, they can use grid computing to research solutions much faster. Register here and select the Computing for Clean Water project to become a part of the research.

Crowd Map (With Your Time and Strength)

Apply for a Trekker to Map the World with Google

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Eager to travel the hard-to-reach places in the world but have no legitimate excuse to make it financially feasible or cause-worthy? Try mapping with Google. Apply here to get a Trekker so you can map with your feet. Click here to say you'll Do it. The more places mapped, the more places we can explore across the world.

Crowd Write (With Your Stories)

Tell Your Story About Resisting Standardized Testing

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Do you know someone that has resisted taking standardized tests? Send your story to teacher Jesse Hagopian at jesse [at] rethinkingschools [dot] org. Collectively, you can help the school systems around the United States rethink the way they teach. Click here to say you'll Do it.

Crowd Petition (With Your Signatures)

Make National Parks Water Bottle Free

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Fourteen national parks in the United States have become water bottle-free. Zion National Park reduced its annual waste by 5,000 pounds by doing just that. Tell Jon Jarvis, National Park Service Director, to make all of our parks do the same by signing here. Click here to say you'll DO it.

Tell Congress To Make Immigration Reform More Humane

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When immigrants get deported, the conditions in detention are often inhumane and families are torn apart. Read more from the National Immigrant Justice Center's Communications Director, Tara Tidwell Cullen about how your signature can help change that.

Crowdfunding (With Your Wallet)

(Six Days to Go) Bring Tailored Online Sexual Health Education to the United States and Abroad

Students often don't know how to address their specific sexual health behaviors in their health education courses. This online curriculum would make it possible for them to customize their learning to their specific health needs. Read more from the founders here.

(16 Days to Go) A Crowdfunding Site That Educates You About Poverty Before You Take Action

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuwzP_tEdMo

Maximin.org aims to decrease the gap between education about anti-poverty efforts and actually taking action. Learn more from founder Steven Brown.

(One Month to Go) Give a Shit

Here at GOOD HQ, we've done something a little unconventional. We turned our mobile site into a campaign that will donate funds to Water for People, an organization that works to ensure everyone has access to safe water—no matter where they are. Go to good.is on your mobile phone and you'll see what we're talking about. Read more from the brains behind the project here and consider giving a shit (literally).


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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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