This Wind-Powered Sphere Has Led To A Technology That Could Solve The World’s Landmine Crisis

100 million armed and abandoned landmines are responsible for the deaths of ten innocent people every day

Long after bloody conflicts come to an end, treaties and ceasefires signed, landmines remain. In many corners of the world, decades after conflicts, locals live under threat of being killed by one of these deadly relics.

Massoud Hassani was raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, where it is thought millions upon millions of undetonated landmines remain, out of sight, but armed. When the fighting between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan ceased, little was done in the impoverished and rural nation to remove them – a costly and dangerous proposition with no guarantee of full eradication.

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GOODFest: Introducing our livestream music festival, for good

Introducing GOODFest, a first-of-its-kind livestream festival

It’s been a tumultuous time as we near the end of the year. With people around the country feeling uncertain and divided, we here at GOOD feel it’s time to come together for something good.

Introducing GOODFest, a first-of-its-kind livestream festival for good.

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Kiva + PayPal: 10 Years of Small Loans and Big Impact

In our first issue, GOOD profiled an emerging nonprofit with a wild idea. A decade later, that little nonprofit has made nearly a billion dollar difference

“My jaw dropped—knowing it was utterly brilliant,” recalled Max Schorr, fellow co-founder of GOOD, of the first time he met with Jessica Jackley and her then-fledgling nonprofit Kiva. This was more than a decade ago, the fall of 2005. GOOD hadn’t technically launched yet, though we’d set our launch date in the months ahead. Kiva was in prototype stage as well. Both our organizations, along with a scattering of other aspiring and active social innovators, piled into a side room of the Net Impact conference held at Stanford to set up our tables and hawk our big ideas to whomever might pass by.

Microlending pioneer Kiva and it's founders profiled in the premier issue of GOOD in 2006.

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Some of the facts:

  • 123,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for organ transplants that will save their lives.
  • On average, 21 people die every day because of the shortage of organs—nearly 7,000 people a year.
  • Up to eight lives can be saved by one deceased donor, and as many as 100 lives can be saved, or have their quality of life improved, through tissue donation (corneas, heart valves, and more).
  • There are “living donors” as well: people who have donated a kidney, part of a liver, or a lung, for example, while still alive.

In this clip, some folks are asked how much it kills them to wait in line for common, everyday things like a restroom or getting a bite to eat:

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Bill Gates Teams Up With the Brits to Cure Malaria

They promise a steady fund for the next five years.

Photo via Flickr user Mohammad Jangda

Bill Gates and British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne have announced a £3 billion ($4.28 billion) fund to accelerate efforts in the research and treatment of malaria.

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Adidas Says It Will Help Schools Get Rid of Native American Mascots

The sports apparel company will offer its design and financial services for free.

Chief Osceola and Renegade, the mascots for the Florida State Seminoles, via Wikimedia Commons user Yomasta12

There are about 2,000 high schools that use Native American mascots for their sports teams, with names like “Braves,” “Redskins,” “Apaches,” and “Chiefs.” At a White House Tribal Nations Conference held in Washington, D.C., Thursday, President Barack Obama broke down why many Native Americans find these names offensive.

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