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Maptia is a beautiful way to tell stories about places. It is a new platform designed for thoughtful, inspiring stories that make us want to get out there and explore the world, and each story has its own unique map.

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How We’re Rethinking 911 Around the Globe

At Trek Medics, we’re improving emergency medical care in developing countries. Our long-term goal is to champion a comprehensive, integrated approach to emergency medical system development that enables communities to build their own systems, on their own terms, using their own resources, and in a way that matches their specific needs.

After teaching English in Central America for a few years, I returned to the U.S. and knew I wanted to do something different, but I wasn’t quite sure what that should be. I learned a lot from the experience and really enjoyed it, but after 20 plus years as a student and then teacher, I wanted to get out of the classroom. One of the things I realized was that education was something of a professional "backstage pass"—a job skill that, generally speaking, was in high demand and could do a lot to help find work pretty much anywhere. As an American, speaking Spanish was another one of these passes. So when I started looking for a new career path, I began focusing on jobs that offered experience with wide practical application. After ruling out law, politics, accounting, and farming, I found an Emergency Medical Technician class and signed up, figuring emergencies happen everywhere and people are always looking for help.

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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.

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Fourth grade student at Library for All's pilot school in Respire, Haiti, working with a tablet

In the age of fast and free information, with Google at our fingertips and Khan Academy to answer our every intellectual pursuit, it’s hard to imagine that 260 million children in the developing world have never owned a book of their own, or that 50 percent of schools in Sub-Saharan Africa have very few or no books at all. With my co-founder Rebecca McDonald, we created Library For All because we believe that through the power of technology, we now have an enormous opportunity to disrupt the way knowledge is distributed on a global scale.

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Buy One Get One: The Pencil Pack That Gives Back

Pencils are one of the most iconic symbols of education and are often the first learning tool we receive as children. Now, imagine what your...

Pencils are one of the most iconic symbols of education and are often the first learning tool we receive as children. Now, imagine what your school experience would have looked like if you didn’t have access to pencils or other school supplies. According to DoSomething.org, 13 million kids in the United States don't have access to basic school supplies, with tens of millions more children around the globe facing this same reality.

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