A look back at what the year 2013 brought in terms of creativity on GOOD.
Creativity is an expansive, all-encompassing word whose definition is different for everyone. It means problem-solving, a unique perspective, expression, inspiration, translating ideas into tangible solutions, and nonlinear thinking. Creativity doesn’t have an allegiance to a particular medium: It's art, culture, and design; ultimately it's advancement. And creativity is not insular—it grows exponentially through community. So it was an especially exciting task to look back at what the year 2013 brought in terms of creativity from the GOOD community. Everyone from artists, activists, designers, architects, chefs, athletes, technologists, etc. contributed to the larger conversation of creativity in the year 2013. Below are some of the highlights from this year. And as we move forward into 2014, I'm excited to keep the conversation going with all of you.
After seeing a video on GOOD about Beat Making Lab's sustainable music studio in the Democratic Republic of Congo, PBS partnered up with the North Carolina team to help them travel around the world and teach marginalized communities hip-hop beat-making, songwriting, sampling, and entrepreneurship. They also donated laptops and microphones to cultural centers. During 2013, Pierce Freelon and his partner Apple Juice Kid brought us these stories from the road.
The gun control debate raged on this year, with few legal resolutions made in the United States. Many people spoke out about the importance of gun control, including Snoop Lion, who penned this piece for us, urging everyone to "end the violence and move forward in peace and love."
We celebrated our first-ever Neighborday, an international holiday created by GOOD to encourage everyone to get to know their neighbors. Our community members inspired us during the On My Block Films challenge, which encouraged amateur filmmakers to film the interesting personalities of their block. Patrick McDonnell, a proud resident of Dallas, Texas, showed how his neighbors got together to create interesting urban interventions.
Architecture was big on GOOD this year, and Architizer explored the future of green architecture, edible offices and showed us the 10 coolest chairs for booklovers. And Shelly Hornstein explored Morocco's answer to New York's High Line, in this informative post.
And, of course, here's hoping for another equally creative 2014.