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My first image of Nelson Mandela took the shape of an illegal portrait, spray-painted on a concrete wall surrounding a rugby field in George, South Africa.

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GOOD Ideas: Love Thy Neighbor, A Neighborday Recap

Welcome to GOOD Ideas, a web series where we talk with people who are doing cool things to make the world a better place. We'll be updating...

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Battleship Brooklyn: Mini Armada Attacks Superfund Site With Cameras

The Newtown Creek Armada explores the murky, polluted depths of a Brooklyn Superfund site with remote-controlled mini boats.

A toxic waterway brimming with oil, raw sewage, garbage, industrial wastewater, and volatile organic compounds probably isn't the first choice for a weekend outing.

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Hopscotch Detroit: Community Building With Miles Long Pop-up Playground

Turning the classic children’s game into a city-wide, record-breaking happening.


What if the schedule of city-life had recess built into it, just like elementary school? A team of social innovators in Detroit is asking that question with their upcoming project Hopscotch Detroit, a social free-for-all that puts a schoolyard spin on community engagement—and even intends to break a world record, using nearly a ton of chalk, stencils, and city's sidewalks.

Hopscotch Detroit is a joint venture of social design startup Wedge Detroit and community-building initiative Imagine Detroit Together. Since June, the two organizations have conspired to bring a 4.2-mile-long urban hopscotch course to life. Equal parts ode to the classic childhood game and imaginative community event, Hopscotch Detroit's allure is its simplicity: temporarily transforming a street, or a city, into a unified, vibrant playground.

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Thinkering: Mobile Maker Lab Hits the Road To Find High Demand

This workshop on wheels is delivering hands-on creativity coast-to-coast.


While budget cuts leave schools struggling to fill classrooms with bare essentials—including paper and ink—it’s a challenge for many teachers to bring creative activities into the classroom. To fill this void, in zooms SparkTruck, a DIY modern crafters' fantasy on wheels. This educational build-mobile arrives filled with an arsenal of paints, cardboard, adhesive googly eyes, craft feathers, glue guns, sewing machines, 3D printers, and even a laser cutter. The SparkTruck is touring schools across the country, on a mission to put the spotlight on hands-on learning.

The creators of SparkTruck hope to inspire grassroots change in an educational system increasingly emphasizing standardized tests. Above all, the truck is an educational playground for its target audience: 7 to 13-year-olds getting phased out of hands-on learning opportunities in schools.

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Sketchy Road Trip: Join the Travelling Crowdsourced Sketchbook Exhibit

Your doodles, designs, pie-charts and patterns can take their show on the road as part of this growing mobile pop-up exhibition.

How would you like to take part in a globe-trotting mobile library—a collection of thousands of handmade sketchbooks? Brooklyn-based Sketchbook Project is preparing for its next annual road trip and your doodles could hitch a ride.

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