Goodnewspaper - Issue 1
We believe in celebrating good, and then joining in and making a difference ourselves. The Goodnewspaper is full of recommendations from the Good Good Good community on how to take action in meaningful ways. When you take actions, we want to hear about it. Please let us know!
HOW TO SUPPORT THOSE DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Read ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig. It’s a powerful book about mental health and reading it will help unlock the power of empathy.
Affordability is the greatest barrier to people getting help through counseling. Donate directly to facilities or organizations.
Apply to be a Crisis Text Line Counselor or volunteer at a suicide hotline. They’ll train you and don’t require prior counseling experience, just a willingness to help.
HOW TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION TO THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS
Donate to one of the incredible organizations supporting families fleeing war and conflict around the world.
Volunteer with a local refugee organization to support refugee families in your community.
HOW TO GIVE BACK TO YOUTH IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Donate money or resources to local youth clubs or groups that you’re passionate about. Find them by calling local schools or community organizations.
Help America’s most vulnerable children by speaking up for their best interests in court as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
HOW TO BE A PART OF SUPPORTING PRISON REFORM
Donate to one of the many incredible organizations doing great work in the world of criminal justice reform.
Attend an execution vigil. Hear the stories of those who are a part of this cycle, and be in prayer and good thought for all who are involved.
Connect with an organization like Human Writes and become a penpal to someone who is currently on death row.
HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN’S EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD
HOW TO BE A PART OF THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY
We all have unconscious biases and the only way to combat them is to be aware of them. Take the opportunity to assess your biases with the Harvard implicit test focused on race.
Find and support locally owned black-owned businesses by downloading the Black Trade Circle app. Doing this encourages racial equality in the for-profit sector.
HOW TO SUPPORT PEOPLE BATTLING CANCER
Call that person in your life who has cancer but you didn’t know what to say. Honestly, better late than never. Listen to our podcast episode about this with Emily McDowell and check out her book, There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love.
Donate to the American Cancer Society. This organization sets the bar for integrity and impact in the field of cancer support and research.
Become one of the hundreds of thousands of people that volunteer at a local Ronald McDonald House, which supports families in the midst of medical battles.
HOW TO FIGHT HUNGER AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD
Most food banks can buy more food with $5 than you can with $5. Consider supporting your local foodbank financially. Find your Feeding America food bank.
Support the impactful work being done by celebrities Jerome Jarre, Colin Kaepernick, and Ben Stiller to combat the famine in Somalia. Donate to the Love Army for Somalia on GoFundMe.
Make a bigger difference in the fight to end hunger than just packing pantry bags or volunteering at a soup kitchen. Learn more at hungervolunteer.org.
It feels like every single company has some shady stuff going on and I want to learn more about how to be a more ethical shopper. Do you have any ideas on where to start in the world of fashion? – April W.
True Cost — Andrew Morgan’s well-received documentary about the fast fashion bub- ble and the huge toll it’s taken on workers all over the globe is a must-watch, no matter how interested in sustainable fashion you are. It’s available on Netflix and iTunes.
Done Good — “Done Good” sounds like something we’d come up with, but it’s actually an app that filters shopping options for you. It even has a handy Chrome plugin. The app allows you to prioritize brands that empower workers, are eco-friendly, are cruelty free, are locally sourced, etc. It’s a great way to become more aware of which brands are ethical and which brands aren’t.
You don’t have to compromise style when you buy ethically. Here are a few of our favorite ethical brands to get you started: @Everlane, @KrochetKids, @Patagonia, @NudieJeans, @TheGivingKeys, @PactOrganic, @AlternativeApparel, and @NisoloShoes.
I’m really curious about art, particularly how art can be used to help people. Is there any good news on that front? – Hannah R.
Art Therapy: The Movie — This Kickstarted documentary takes a look at how art is being used all over the world to help people live better lives.
The Soul’s Palette by Cathy Malchiodi — Written in the aftermath of September 11, Malchiodi is an art therapist who explains how art helped her come to terms with the tragedy, and how it can help the rest of us too.
Follow @jeremycowart, @wendymac, @fireandjoy, and @thebradmontague to see the incredible ways they use art to connect, inspire, and empower others.
Hey guys! Any good recommendations for learning more about the environment? I’m particularly interested in climate change and what I can do to play my role in helping the earth. – Shamir R.
Take one day o from eating meat each week. It’s estimated that if every American reduced meat consumption by 20%, the greenhouse gas savings would be the same as if we all switched from a normal sedan to a hybrid.
Six Degrees by Mark Lynas — Mark Lynas is a journalist and climate activist and his book Six Degrees is a well-researched look at our shared world’s future, with both reasons to be optimistic, and reasons to take action.
Costing the Earth — Tom Heap and Dr. Alice Roberts host this long-running BBC podcast that takes a look at just what our technological advances are doing to the world around us, both for worse and for better.
I personally admire people with a great deal of empathy and I’m looking to develop more empathy for others. Any recommendations on how I can cultivate that? – Shawn M.
Life In a Day — YouTube’s experimental documentary gathered footage from all over the world that was captured on one day: July 24, 2010. It’s an amazing way to step outside of your shoes and look at how different people experience the exact same 24 hours.
Americanah — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel about a Nigerian immigrant is a great way to experience the United States through the eyes of an outsider trying to understand its many unique oddities.
This American Life — This remains the premiere podcast for telling humanizing stories from people all over the world to help you better understand what life is like for people outside your own circle. There’s a reason it’s one of the top shows on Apple Podcasts.