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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.

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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.

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How a Half Mile Long Dinner Table and One Word Manifestos are Defining Durham

STITCH asks: “Give us one word for what you’d like to see Durham become.”


When I was 16, I rode my bike to the Durham Athletic Park to catch a game of minor league baseball with my best friend. We left in the fifth inning to get back before dark. We loved the Bulls, but didn’t want to get flack from those who had warned us: “Don’t go to downtown Durham. It’s so not safe.”

Almost twenty years later, this place still hasn’t shaken that reputation completely. Yet those who live here are awake to the fact that the fabric is changing, as more people move from out of town looking for a new start in what seems from the outside to be a welcoming, creative area. The bumper sticker that reads “Keep Durham Dirty,” is still relevant, but this is just part of the process of figuring out what it wants to become.

To help with that question, my partner in life and business, Akira Morita, and I are teaming with a giant team of local people to run STITCH, which has a Kickstarter campaign underway.

We asked about 500 citizens in public places around downtown to answer a simple question: “Give us one word for what you’d like to see Durham become.”

As a build-up to Neighborday, we’re teaming with the local Build a Better Block Project, which will have a half mile-long dinner table set up on Mangum Street starting at what we call here in town the Old Five Points intersection.

STITCH will also have a popup art show of works in progress by artists poised to make pieces inspired by the top one word answers that we’ve gathered—if our Kickstarter is fully funded.

We brought our four year-old son, Kush, on outings for what people started to call their “one word manifesto,” compiling 276 words from people in public spaces like farmer’s market, the Hayti Heritage Center, and a few openings for galleries and theater spaces. Now those words are in a word cloud that shows the spread of everyone’s vision.

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Project: Take a Picture of Your Local Gas Prices

We need your help. Send us a picture of how much gas costs in your neighborhood.


If you drive a car, you've probably noticed the changing price of gas. We're reaching out to you to get a sense of how much gas costs around the world. Send us your photos!

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We want to know how much gas costs–everywere. Where is it most expensive? And how does it compare to prices in West Hollywood, California, where we are?

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Winner Announced: Picture Something Repurposed

In February, we asked you, the GOOD community, to send us photos of something repurposed. See the winning picture inside.


In February, we asked you, our regular GOOD readers, to send us pictures of something repurposed. The images ranged from an emptied can garden pot, to a sling constructed from an old tweed jacket, to shelves made from old beer boxes. Take a look at the submissions in our Picture Show.

After posting the Picture Show, we asked the community to vote. We’re happy to announce our winner, Lauren Lee. Lauren's vessels of light are not only functional but celebrate the design of the original product, a glass bottle. According to Lauren, "their beautifully curved lines hold sheer elegance that is rarely appreciated during or after consumption."

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Project: Crowdsourced Cookbook, Comfort Food Edition

Which comfort foods help you survive winter? Send us your recipes and contribute to GOOD's crowdsourced cookbook.

With freezing mornings and depressingly dark afternoons, winter's the perfect time to kick back with our favorite comfort foods. Hot soups, hot toddies, and hot chocolate are obvious favorites, but what's your personal culinary trick for getting through winter? Do you take a stab at meatloaf and mac and cheese? Or do you stick to healthy eating resolutions by perking up your salads with a blast of citrus?

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