Teaching adults to read is a difficult enough task in and of itself, but in rural Mali, teachers also face classrooms without electricity and books weathered by the punishing desert climate. Enter the Kinkajou Projector, a fusion of high and low technology that makes teaching night literacy classes as easy as ABC. LEARN MORE at http://www.designthatmatters.org/
Thanks to industrial, processed food, Americans have been spending less and less on what we eat. But those savings come with a high cost: obesity, diabetes, and big health care bills. Here's a look at how our diet has changed over the last 50 years, and what we can do to make it better.
Simple but nourishing:The average American wastes more than 1/2 lb. of food each day. Meanwhile, millions of people are going hungry in our own cities. Here are a few ways to cut down on your food waste.Animation by Mark Owens
Revolving doors are ubiquitous in our cities. Why not use them to generate free energy? The Revolution Door by Fluxxlab would do just that. It converts the kinetic energy used to push the door into electricity. Several similar projects are in operation worldwide. Now we're not just spinning our wheels.Producer: Eve Marson Editor: Jeff Conrad
The ability to locate a shooting quickly can help police catch bad guys and save lives. In Richmond, California, acoustic gunfire detection is doing just that. With acoustic sensors distributed around the city, dispatchers can use the sound of gunfire to pinpoint where a shooting happened, the number of shots fired, and even the kind of gun that was used.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it became obvious that America was frustratingly ill-prepared to house people displaced by a natural disaster. Michael McDaniel took this as a design challenge. His Exo housing system—inspired by the humble styrofoam cup—could be deployed quickly and cheaply to help us when we need it most.Produced by Eve Margson & Max Joseph, Edited by Jeff Conrad, Music by Huma Huma, Yacht & Ben Benjamin
Buildings are actually responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than cars. But simply weatherizing houses and businesses can reduce their environmental impact and lower energy bills. That's why organizations such as the Community Environmental Center in New York are providing subsidized weatherstripping and insulation to homeowners—and creating new "green jobs" in the process. Everyone wins.
Thirsty? So is everyone else. We're headed for a water shortage. Here's how simple daily choices can reduce your water use. A GOOD Transparency video.Direction and Design by Fogelson-LublinerMusic by Dim Dim
Some truly terrible people end up getting treated really well just because they are, quote-unquote, attractive. Its unfair, and linguist John McWhorter's new love drug would fix that situation. A GOOD Inventions video.Directed by Max JosephAnimation by David LampsMusic by:Alan Wilkis: http://www.myspace.com/alanwilkisBen Benjamin: http://ghostly.com/artists/ben-benjaminJavelin: http://www.myspace.com/hotjamzofjavelin
www.good.is/shows/inventions For our Inventions series, Nick Kroll wants to create the KtD 3000, a modified Toyota Tercel that can turn cats into dogs. Why? Put it this way: When was the last time you saw a cat help a blind person? He'd even do it for free. What's your invention? Animation by Chris Weller Directed by Max Joseph Produced by Eve Marson Edited by Simon Hawkins Music by The Deadly Syndrom, Midwest Product, Yacht, Alan Wilkis
www.good.is/shows/inventionsDo you ever get the feeling that some world leaders and captains of industry are simply suffering from an empathy deficit? Majora Carter, the environmental justice advocate and founder of Sustainable South Bronx, wants to invent a virus that infects people with love—an infectious, “low-grade ecstasy.” Sounds like an affliction we could use.What's your invention?Animation by David LampsDirected by Max JosephProduced by Eve MarsonEdited by Simon HawkinsMusic by Alan Wilkis
www.good.is/ecosystemHybrid cars are great, but they're often delivered on cargo ships and trucks that use the same old fossil fuels. We need to find better kinds of bulk transportation. The Auriga Leader is showing the way.Produced by Eve Marson and Max Joseph
www.good.is/shows/inventions On tour with her band Morningwood, Chantal Claret often has to find dinner on the road...at 3 a.m. after a show. And, thanks to Morgan Spurlock, we all know what a steady diet of fast food will do. So she'd like to invent "Spray It Ain't So!": a spray that makes hamburgers healthy. What's your invention? Animation by Option G & Erik Maes Directed by Max Joseph Produced by Eve Marson Edited by Simon Hawkins Music by Morningwood
www.good.is/ecosystemOil is an expensive resource that is rapidly becoming harder to find. Eventually, we are going to have to find a new renewable fuel source to replace it. These scientists think they already have—algae.Produced by Eve Marson and Max Joseph
www.good.is/shows/inventionsAs a cutting-edge video artist, Lincoln Schatz is familiar with the different ways in which we perceive the world. It is no surprise, then, that for our Inventions series, Schatz should invent a device that allows us to see the world through someone else's mind, literally. What's your invention?Animation by Chris WellerDirected by Max JosephProduced by Eve MarsonMusic by The Deadly Syndrome and Why?
www.good.is/shows/inventionsTomlinson Holman knows a thing or two about sound. He created the THX standard for sound systems (THX actually stands for Tomlinson Holman's eXperiment). For our Inventions series he has a new idea: Speakers that make the world a little quieter.What's your invention?Animation by David LampsDirected by Max JosephProduced by Eve MarsonMusic by Yacht, Lusine and Ben Benjamin
www.good.is/shows/inventionsYou may not think about it all the time, but somewhere, in the back of your mind, you wish you could do a backflip. With Nick Thune's invention, you can. And so can anyone else. Finally, we're all on the same team.What's your invention?Animation by Option GDirected by Max JosephProduced by Eve MarsonMusic by Javelin
www.good.is/shows/inventionsOur mediated lives are becoming increasingly customizable. From Tivo to ring tones to virtual dashboards and RSS feeds we can re-arrange and manipulate incoming data to our liking. So why not the skies as well? From the inventors of an architecture-themed ice cream sandwich truck comes a pair of spectacles that will give x-ray goggles a run for its money. Freya Estreller and Natasha Case imagine glasses that allow you to photoshop your reality.What's your invention?Visual Effects by Mike AshtonDirected by Max JosephProduced by Eve MarsonMusic by Alan Wilkis (http://www.myspace.com/alanwilkis)