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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 for the GOOD community 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 members' projects from the crowdsourced world.

Crowdsourced Photos

Capture the Soul of Your Small Business

For social innovators out there looking for help with promotion, the New York Times is running a contest for small businesses. Take an unposed shot that captures the essence of the work you do, and you'll be highlighted on their site and Facebook page. Click here to say you'll do it to inspire other small businesses.

Crowdsourced Activity

Adopt a Hero Rat to Save Lives

APOPO trains rats to detect tuberculosis and mines in Tanzania. Adopt a rat and more research can get funded. Learn more from researcher and GOOD member Chris Hines.

Trade Your Shoes for Wheels

GOOD member Reveca Torres was in a car accident when she was 13, and has been paralyzed from the chest down ever since. But her goal is not to focus on her disability. Rather, she wants you to connect with the strong community she's created of others with SCI. So, she invites you to trade your shoes for wheels to celebrate Spinal Chord Injury Awareness month, and she'll tell you how. Connect with her and ask questions here.

Brainstorm Ways Unicef Can Raise Awareness About Child Trafficking

On September 11 at 1p.m., UNICEF is hosting a Google Hangout to brainstorm ways that youth can get involved in the movement to raise awareness about child trafficking. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.

Crowdsourced Signatures

Stop the Privatization of Schools: Send a Message to ALEC

With many public schools being shut down in Chicago recently, teachers are out of jobs and some students find that it's even harder to get to school on time. Organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are trying to privatize schooling, which only perpetuates the problem. Send them a message that they have to stop. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.


A Medical Lab in Your Phone

Using urine analysis, the uCheck app will enable regular monitoring of early warning markers for more than 25 medical conditions, including complications of diabetes, pregnancy, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections. It will also measure Glucose, Protein, Urobilinogen, Calcium, Blood, Creatinine, pH, Ketone, Bilirubin, Specific Gravity, Nitrites, Leucocyte, Ascorbic Acid, and Microalbumin. The developers hope this could potentially democratize healthcare. Read more from developer Myshkin Ingawale.

Support Environmental Education in Camaroon's Orphanages

GOOD member Amy Young shared this DO to help bring conservation and preservation education to more youth in orphanages through Green Camaroon. Click here to add it to your To-Do list.

A Toy to Help Blind Children Learn Through Touch

This toy teaches blind children how to read Braille with puzzle pieces in the shapes of the words. And now, the toy-makers want to add to the experience of learning with sound and texture. Learn more from founder Anthony Vipin Das.

Successful Projects We Featured That Got Funded in the Last Few Weeks:

Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.

Illustration by Jessica De Jesus

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