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Celebrating Nelson Mandela: Master of South Africa’s Fate

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.
The year was 1984, I was eight years old and South Africa was the pariah of the world. State President PW Botha was a year away from delivering the infamous “Rubicon” address, and Nelson Mandela faced another six years as prisoner of the South African government…
It’s quite extraordinary to reflect on that moment now, as the South Africa that I was born in has changed beyond recognition…
…Madiba, as he if affectionately known, has been an absolute inspiration to all South Africans. From the moment of his release, he demonstrated no obvious bitterness and has shown a willingness to forgive that is simply extraordinary. He undoubtedly helped to defuse or avert a civil war and channeled his energies towards reconciliation and building a better future for the country of his birth. South Africa now boasts arguably the most liberal and forward-thinking constitution on the planet. This is largely thanks to Madiba.
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GOOD community member, Bruce Good, wrote in Global Development and Global Citizenship
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Celebrating Nelson Mandela: Master of South Africa’s Fate

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.

The year was 1984, I was eight years old and South Africa was the pariah of the world. State President PW Botha was a year away from delivering the infamous “Rubicon” address, and Nelson Mandela faced another six years as prisoner of the South African government…

It’s quite extraordinary to reflect on that moment now, as the South Africa that I was born in has changed beyond recognition…

…Madiba, as he if affectionately known, has been an absolute inspiration to all South Africans. From the moment of his release, he demonstrated no obvious bitterness and has shown a willingness to forgive that is simply extraordinary. He undoubtedly helped to defuse or avert a civil war and channeled his energies towards reconciliation and building a better future for the country of his birth. South Africa now boasts arguably the most liberal and forward-thinking constitution on the planet. This is largely thanks to Madiba.

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GOOD community member, Bruce Good, wrote in Global Development and Global Citizenship

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Help Us Assemble the GOOD City Index- Rosie Spinks and Jessica De Jesus contributed in Culture, News and Art

What makes a city? How does it move, motivate, inspire, and engage the people that live in it? How does it bring them together to do good work and make change? And how does it welcome its visitors to plug into what’s local and worthwhile. GOOD wants to know.
A bevy of measures and indicators have arisen over the past half decade to measure more than a regions’ industry and output or its population and budget. The Social Progress Index, Genuine Progress Index, and Well Being Strategy are good examples of the trend at at both the national and regional level. But we want want to make our own: the GOOD City Index.

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Help Us Assemble the GOOD City Index
Rosie Spinks and Jessica De Jesus contributed in Culture, News and Art

What makes a city? How does it move, motivate, inspire, and engage the people that live in it? How does it bring them together to do good work and make change? And how does it welcome its visitors to plug into what’s local and worthwhile. GOOD wants to know.

A bevy of measures and indicators have arisen over the past half decade to measure more than a regions’ industry and output or its population and budget. The Social Progress Index, Genuine Progress Index, and Well Being Strategy are good examples of the trend at at both the national and regional level. But we want want to make our own: the GOOD City Index.

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Hey guys! One of our community members has this great project. Donate a dollar or two and the happiest person you know can become a part of his documentary!!
Who’s the Happiest Person You Know?- Nicholas Kraft wrote in Health, Culture and News

As you enter through the front door of Kraftland, a seemingly quiet single-family home in the hills of Encino, California, you are greeted by a life-sized Bob’s Big Boy statue—the kind Dr. Evil  used as a cryogenic freeze chamber in the Austin Powers films. Above him, suspended from the ceiling, is the original bike from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, though it’s easy to miss this holy grail of movie memorabilia because hanging from the ceiling in the adjacent room is an 800 pound plastic elephant—more specifically, a Dumbo ride vehicle from the Disneyland attraction of the same name. Kraftland is a museum of 60s pop culture, a favorite spot of Hollywood parties, and the home in which I spent half my childhood.

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This project is part of GOOD’s series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.

Hey guys! One of our community members has this great project. Donate a dollar or two and the happiest person you know can become a part of his documentary!!

Who’s the Happiest Person You Know?
Nicholas Kraft wrote in Health, Culture and News

As you enter through the front door of Kraftland, a seemingly quiet single-family home in the hills of Encino, California, you are greeted by a life-sized Bob’s Big Boy statue—the kind Dr. Evil  used as a cryogenic freeze chamber in the Austin Powers films. Above him, suspended from the ceiling, is the original bike from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, though it’s easy to miss this holy grail of movie memorabilia because hanging from the ceiling in the adjacent room is an 800 pound plastic elephant—more specifically, a Dumbo ride vehicle from the Disneyland attraction of the same name. Kraftland is a museum of 60s pop culture, a favorite spot of Hollywood parties, and the home in which I spent half my childhood.

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This project is part of GOOD’s series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.

Push for Good: This Week’s Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress- Alessandra Rizzotti wrote in Culture, News and Creativity
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 projects from the crowdsourced world.
CROWDSOURCED:
Crowdsourced PositivityWrite Seven Letters to the Homeless in Seven Days
Crowdsourced RewriteChange This Outdated “Rules of Conduct for Women” List
Crowdsourced ResearchBecome a Citizen Scientist: Measure Local Water Levels
Crowdsourced ActivityPledge to Get Offline This Weekend
CROWDFUND:
(Less Than a Day To Go) A Book About Quarterlife Breakthroughs, Not Crises
(Two Days to Go and Not Close) A Raw Food Snack Kitchen
(14 Days to Go and Not Close) Demystifying Mental Illness in Indonesia with Photography
(18 Days to Go and a Quarter of the Way There) A Film About the Happiest People in America
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Push for Good: This Week’s Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress
Alessandra Rizzotti wrote in Culture, News and Creativity

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 projects from the crowdsourced world.

CROWDSOURCED:

CROWDFUND:

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How Do We Protect Our Trayvon Martins?- MarkNaison wrote in Education, Race and News


What makes the verdict all the more more painful is that the situation that led to Trayvon Martin’s death is one that is very familiar to me. I have walked in George Zimmerman’s shoes. I have been on block patrol in my Brooklyn neighborhood. I’ve escorted very tough kids off my block when they’ve come to cause trouble. I’ve run basketball leagues in tough neighborhoods where I’ve had to make peace with neighborhood drug dealers.
If that were me on patrol, nothing would have happened to Trayvon Martin. There would have been no reason for me to approach him because he was doing nothing wrong. However, let’s say that I decided to do so anyway. I would have approached him politely with an air of confidence and concern, as one physically confident person to another, showing him respect. And Trayvon, like the hundreds of the young people I have dealt with from comparable backgrounds, would have shown me respect back—because he was merely an innocent teenager walking home from the corner store with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.

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How Do We Protect Our Trayvon Martins?
MarkNaison wrote in Education, Race and News

What makes the verdict all the more more painful is that the situation that led to Trayvon Martin’s death is one that is very familiar to me. I have walked in George Zimmerman’s shoes. I have been on block patrol in my Brooklyn neighborhood. I’ve escorted very tough kids off my block when they’ve come to cause trouble. I’ve run basketball leagues in tough neighborhoods where I’ve had to make peace with neighborhood drug dealers.

If that were me on patrol, nothing would have happened to Trayvon Martin. There would have been no reason for me to approach him because he was doing nothing wrong. However, let’s say that I decided to do so anyway. I would have approached him politely with an air of confidence and concern, as one physically confident person to another, showing him respect. And Trayvon, like the hundreds of the young people I have dealt with from comparable backgrounds, would have shown me respect back—because he was merely an innocent teenager walking home from the corner store with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.

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Presenting: The Exploration Issue of GOOD- Joshua Neuman wrote in Good Magazine, Exploration and News

Last year a Google map proved once and for all that no matter how deep American children dug holes in their backyards, they would never reach China. The antipode (diametric opposite) for most of the United States, the map showed, would have them emerging salivating for egg rolls beneath the Indian Ocean. I doubt this is crushing many kids’ dreams these days, since the world as we know it has become such a smaller place in the last generation. But what does the smallness of the planet—and its increased interconnectedness—mean for the spirit of exploration?  
Well, as you might’ve guessed, we believe that the spirit of exploration is alive and well—even if it’s less connected with earthly terrain. And even though you read a bound magazine but surf the endless web, we set out to prove that the spirit of exploration can flourish within the confines of the print medium.
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Presenting: The Exploration Issue of GOOD
Joshua Neuman wrote in Good Magazine, Exploration and News

Last year a Google map proved once and for all that no matter how deep American children dug holes in their backyards, they would never reach China. The antipode (diametric opposite) for most of the United States, the map showed, would have them emerging salivating for egg rolls beneath the Indian Ocean. I doubt this is crushing many kids’ dreams these days, since the world as we know it has become such a smaller place in the last generation. But what does the smallness of the planet—and its increased interconnectedness—mean for the spirit of exploration?  

Well, as you might’ve guessed, we believe that the spirit of exploration is alive and well—even if it’s less connected with earthly terrain. And even though you read a bound magazine but surf the endless web, we set out to prove that the spirit of exploration can flourish within the confines of the print medium.

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Infographic: The United Names of America- Alessandra Rizzotti and Kate Slovin contributed in America, News and Transportation
This infographic is a collaboration between GOOD and Kate Slovin
Many cities in America share the same names, including street names. Most cities name streets after numbers, trees, or landscapes. Because it is common for city planners to name the first street of cities Main Street or in honor of a historical figure, like George Washington, the most common street name in the United States remains “2nd” (or “Second”) Street.

Many street names haven’t changed over the last two decades because it can create problems with deed registrations and mail delivery, and can be costly. Yet some new street names are popping up to honor more recent politicians and local heroes. For example, did you know three streets in Florida and one in California were renamed to honor President Barack Obama in 2009? Check out this infographic to see the five most popular city names and other popular street names, including some very unique ones.

Infographic: The United Names of America
Alessandra Rizzotti and Kate Slovin contributed in America, News and Transportation

This infographic is a collaboration between GOOD and Kate Slovin

Many cities in America share the same names, including street names. Most cities name streets after numbers, trees, or landscapes. Because it is common for city planners to name the first street of cities Main Street or in honor of a historical figure, like George Washington, the most common street name in the United States remains “2nd” (or “Second”) Street.

Many street names haven’t changed over the last two decades because it can create problems with deed registrations and mail delivery, and can be costly. Yet some new street names are popping up to honor more recent politicians and local heroes. For example, did you know three streets in Florida and one in California were renamed to honor President Barack Obama in 2009? Check out this infographic to see the five most popular city names and other popular street names, including some very unique ones.

#forthelove of the GOOD Outdoors- GOOD HQ wrote in Environment, Exploration and News

This month on GOOD.is, we are focusing on the topic of exploration—embracing the spirit of discovery and exploring areas near and far. We will be posting on the subject all month at good.is/exploration and encourage you to tag your own posts “exploration.” 
For our monthly challenge: Join our community effort to discover, share, and protect the places we love. Take this opportunity to expand your horizons and embark on an adventure, whether it’s venturing to a new place that’s close to home or trekking across the planet—no matter what hemisphere you’re in. You know that moment when you pull out your phone and snap a photo because you can’t believe how awesome the view is and you want to share it with everyone you know?

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Illustration by Corinna Loo

#forthelove of the GOOD Outdoors
GOOD HQ wrote in Environment, Exploration and News

This month on GOOD.is, we are focusing on the topic of exploration—embracing the spirit of discovery and exploring areas near and far. We will be posting on the subject all month at good.is/exploration and encourage you to tag your own posts “exploration.” 

For our monthly challenge: Join our community effort to discover, share, and protect the places we love. Take this opportunity to expand your horizons and embark on an adventure, whether it’s venturing to a new place that’s close to home or trekking across the planet—no matter what hemisphere you’re in. You know that moment when you pull out your phone and snap a photo because you can’t believe how awesome the view is and you want to share it with everyone you know?

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Illustration by Corinna Loo


Innovation in the Streets: It’s Transportation Month- Stef McDonald wrote in Living, Transportation and News

Let’s face it: getting from point A to point B isn’t always easy. Or fast. Or convenient. Or green. Think about how often we gripe about getting to where we need to go, whether it’s commuting to work, running to the grocery store, or driving to your kid’s T-ball game. Transportation can be a real bitch. 
GOOD HQ is in Los Angeles, which recently reclaimed the honor of being named the worst city for traffic in the U.S. You can imagine the conversations by our water cooler. We started to talk about transportation in our city and then other places—and then other countries. We’ve decided to put our attention to the issue of Transportation for the month of May. 

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Illustration by Kate Slovin

Innovation in the Streets: It’s Transportation Month
Stef McDonald wrote in Living, Transportation and News

Let’s face it: getting from point A to point B isn’t always easy. Or fast. Or convenient. Or green. Think about how often we gripe about getting to where we need to go, whether it’s commuting to work, running to the grocery store, or driving to your kid’s T-ball game. Transportation can be a real bitch. 

GOOD HQ is in Los Angeles, which recently reclaimed the honor of being named the worst city for traffic in the U.S. You can imagine the conversations by our water cooler. We started to talk about transportation in our city and then other places—and then other countries. We’ve decided to put our attention to the issue of Transportation for the month of May. 

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Illustration by Kate Slovin

Neighborday Recap: The 10 Best Things That Happened This April 27th
Hannah Wasserman wrote in Culture, News and Communities

This past Saturday, April 27th, marked the first annual Neighborday. In 22 countries around the world, thousands of people reached over their fences and got to know their neighbors. Like many of you who hosted Neighbordays, we found out that the community really wanted and needed this excuse to get together. We were floored by the enthusiasm, creativity, and doing we saw from the GOOD community. Thank you all so much for your participation. You truly made Neighborday a success!

Here at GOOD HQ we do a lot of top 10 lists, so I’ve crafted an initial top 10 best things that happened on Neighborday 2013. These are in no particular order and I am still getting in a bunch of pictures and stories, so don’t be surprised if this becomes a top 100 list by the end of the week. Have your own top moments? Share them in the comments and/or send to neighborday@goodinc.com

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10 Days Till Neighborday: How Are You Celebrating?- GOOD HQ in Culture, News and Cities
On April 27, GOOD community members everywhere (in 34 states and 12 countries so far, but our list is growing!) will be celebrating Neighborday. From potlucks to street clean-ups, people have inspiring plans to be social the old-fashioned way—spending quality face-to-face time with the friends and neighbors in their communities.  
Will you join us? With only 10 days left, we’re hoping you’ll sign up and create your own Neighborday with our toolkit. It’s easy—check out the map above to see where people all over the country are celebrating and read on for inspiration to create your own.
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Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

10 Days Till Neighborday: How Are You Celebrating?
GOOD HQ in Culture, News and Cities

On April 27, GOOD community members everywhere (in 34 states and 12 countries so far, but our list is growing!) will be celebrating Neighborday. From potlucks to street clean-ups, people have inspiring plans to be social the old-fashioned way—spending quality face-to-face time with the friends and neighbors in their communities.  

Will you join us? With only 10 days left, we’re hoping you’ll sign up and create your own Neighborday with our toolkit. It’s easy—check out the map above to see where people all over the country are celebrating and read on for inspiration to create your own.

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Illustration by Tyler Hoehne

Infographic: Do You Know Your Neighbor?- GOOD HQ and Oliver Munday contributed in Culture, America and News
Being neighborly isn’t just giving a smile and nod to your neighbors when you see them on the street. It’s a way of life—a way to build a real social network that can connect you to hyper-local current events, political action, and groups you can join to make your community a better place to live and work. What are ways we can improve how we engage with our communities?

Infographic: Do You Know Your Neighbor?
GOOD HQ and Oliver Munday contributed iCultureAmerica and News

Being neighborly isn’t just giving a smile and nod to your neighbors when you see them on the street. It’s a way of life—a way to build a real social network that can connect you to hyper-local current events, political action, and groups you can join to make your community a better place to live and work. What are ways we can improve how we engage with our communities?

Murals and Math: One School’s Solution to Graffiti- Ellie Balk wrote in Education, New York and News

The act of painting murals is empowering. Once a student makes a mark on a wall, it becomes his or hers. When you walk down the busy street of Graham Ave, almost every wall is covered in random tags. We help the students create public art that means something and has significance. Students living in Brooklyn need this kind of connection to their communities because when the students invest in their communities, the communities invest in them. These murals are also made for the neighborhood. The results are not only beautiful images, but also sparked conversations.

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Murals and Math: One School’s Solution to Graffiti
Ellie Balk wrote in Education, New York and News

The act of painting murals is empowering. Once a student makes a mark on a wall, it becomes his or hers. When you walk down the busy street of Graham Ave, almost every wall is covered in random tags. We help the students create public art that means something and has significance. Students living in Brooklyn need this kind of connection to their communities because when the students invest in their communities, the communities invest in them. These murals are also made for the neighborhood. The results are not only beautiful images, but also sparked conversations.

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Push for Good: This Week’s Guide to Crowdfunding Creative Progress- Alessandra Rizzotti wrote in Push For Good, News and Food

Innovation makes the world go around, so why not crowdfund it? The best thinkers and ideamakers are the those that can make collective progress, so if we support their causes, projects, and ideas, we can be a part of bettering the future of our planet.
Maybe you don’t know what causes you care about yet, or maybe you’re still searching. Consider this a guide of the goodness you can get behind. Take a look at GOOD’s curated Kickstarter page, which we’ll be updating regularly, and check back every week for a round up of our favorite projects from the crowdfunding world.

LoGROcal: A Sustainable Mushroom Farm (ends today)
A Lab-on-Wheels for Science Education (2 days)
Grow Jar (7 days)
Rocket Mass Heaters: The DVD (7 days)
GrowUp!: An Aquaponic Urban Farm for London (16 days)
Pedal Pops: A Gourmet Popsicle Bike Cart (22 days)
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IIllustration by Jessica De Jesus

Push for Good: This Week’s Guide to Crowdfunding Creative Progress
Alessandra Rizzotti wrote in Push For GoodNews and Food

Innovation makes the world go around, so why not crowdfund it? The best thinkers and ideamakers are the those that can make collective progress, so if we support their causes, projects, and ideas, we can be a part of bettering the future of our planet.

Maybe you don’t know what causes you care about yet, or maybe you’re still searching. Consider this a guide of the goodness you can get behind. Take a look at GOOD’s curated Kickstarter page, which we’ll be updating regularly, and check back every week for a round up of our favorite projects from the crowdfunding world.

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IIllustration by Jessica De Jesus

Announcement: The New GOOD Pets Hub Launches Today!GOOD Partnerships wrote in Culture, News and Lifestyle


Starting today, we’ll be bringing you more than cute and fuzzy posts about cats and dogs. We’ll provide food for thought, including content like:
Pet Diaries: Our continuing column features comedians, authors, musicians, and other pet owners writing about how their relationships with their neighbors and communities changed after pets came into their lives. 
Profiles about animal shelters and nonprofits that are finding inspiring ways to get their communities involved.
Stories about people who are driven by curiosity to fuel change in their neighborhoods.
A series elevating the extraordinary pet research that’s helping to improve the lives of our companions, including mapping the dog genome, studying dog happiness, tracking cat ancestry, and working on ways to help sustain a bright mind for dogs as they age.
A GOOD Guide to keeping your pet healthy and happy in an urban city.
Infographics that will include scientific facts about pets.
And Maker Challenges, which will result in donations to a pet welfare nonprofit or shelter.
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Illustration by Jessica De Jesus

Announcement: The New GOOD Pets Hub Launches Today!
GOOD Partnerships wrote in Culture, News and Lifestyle

Starting today, we’ll be bringing you more than cute and fuzzy posts about cats and dogs. We’ll provide food for thought, including content like:

  • Pet Diaries: Our continuing column features comedians, authors, musicians, and other pet owners writing about how their relationships with their neighbors and communities changed after pets came into their lives. 
  • Profiles about animal shelters and nonprofits that are finding inspiring ways to get their communities involved.
  • Stories about people who are driven by curiosity to fuel change in their neighborhoods.
  • A series elevating the extraordinary pet research that’s helping to improve the lives of our companions, including mapping the dog genome, studying dog happiness, tracking cat ancestry, and working on ways to help sustain a bright mind for dogs as they age.
  • A GOOD Guide to keeping your pet healthy and happy in an urban city.
  • Infographics that will include scientific facts about pets.
  • And Maker Challenges, which will result in donations to a pet welfare nonprofit or shelter.

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Illustration by Jessica De Jesus