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Tapping this app unlocks corporate donations to homeless services

When someone encounters a homeless person, it is often hard to know how they can help. While monetary donations can provide short-term assistance — helping them get a hot meal or raise funds for shelter — giving short change is unlikely to help them get off the streets. Now, WeShelter is a new app which aims to use mobile technology to enable everyone to contribute to the alleviation of homelessness. READ MORE…

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Help this Veteran follow his dreams!

Friends,

A few weeks ago I posted about how I had an interview with Planned Parenthood in Portland! Well i have some awesome news! 

They offered me the job! 

Now for the hard part: The move. 

After my cancer diagnosis and my struggles with anxiety and depression things have not been easy for Elias and I. But this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything in savings and this move will be practically impossible without your help. 

Please, share this link with your friends and followers. 

Donate if you can, share if you can’t. 

Much love,

Damien

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Hi there!

My name is Christopher McLeod and I’m a 24 years old, queer, Roma, and in my first year of a three year BA in fashion design based in the Southwest of the UK. For a long time I’ve been interested in fashion design, and after years of trying my hand at other things - foreign languages, photography, graphic design - I’ve finally been able to pursue this interest and actually study fashion design. First, here’s a bit of a backstory:

In 2010 I embarked on a graphic design course at Camberwell College of the Arts, one of the colleges of the University of Arts London network. London and I proved to be incompatible, and after two very tumultuous years involving being kicked out my flat by my drug addict landlord, sofa surfing for 8 months, my own personal drug addiction AND being the victim of violent crime, I left to preserve what little shreds of sanity I had left. Fast forward to September 2014, and I enrolled onto a fashion design course wanting to create a name for myself in an industry I’d only ever dreamt of working in.

At the university I’m studying at, the third year fashion students are normally given a chance to exhibit their designs and collections at the end of year graduate show and at either Graduate Fashion Week or at ‘Free Range’ - a show designed to exhibit the works of university students from a multitude of disciplines and from universities all across the UK.

However, for some reason, the university has decided not to fund this for the third years and they were told that they would only get to exhibit their work at the graduate show, severely limiting their audience. One of the students decided that this wasn’t good enough, and so they decided to go and set up their own show; after speaking to their mother, who used all her contacts, a nonprofit Cancer Charity and the Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol offered a chance for the third years to plan and organise their own show.

As I’ve become quite good friends with the third years, I offered to help them set up the show, to provide my promotion and marketing skills and to provide my graphic design skills as well. In return, they invited me to exhibit a collection of clothing.

Immediately my mind started spinning with ideas for what I could do, and I’ve finally been able to kick start my collection, of a mixture of soft kilts, deconstructed shirts, dresses, and digitally printed sportswear.

But there’s an issue: in order to create this collection, I need to fund it. The third years have budgeted for their collections for the last two/three years, whereas I, as a first year, have never had to undertake this amount of work before. And the show is on the 18th June

As I’m doing everything for a charity event (and for a cause I feel very strongly for, as both my mother and sister have suffered from cancer), I waived my design/consultancy fee, so I’ve been left to fund my collection myself. I spent the majority of my maintenance loan helping my parents to pay for this first year of tuition, so I’m flat broke now, and this is where I hope tumblr can help:

I have to try and fund:

Material costs - I already have a lot of fabric so I’m okay for the most part. The only downside is that the fabrics I have are very specialist - sports mesh, silk chiffon, perforated leather - and I don’t have a lot of the basic fabrics like cotton or poplin.

Print costs - As someone who loved working with digital manipulations and photography, I want to create a range of jersey dresses and sportswear incorporating my digital patterns and prints; digital fabric printing is one of the most effective way to create eye catching and unique designs. I also want to produce a brochure thanking all those who have helped me, and as a potential way to entice people to hire me.

Travel costs - I have been able to secure a fair few models who are willing to wear my collection for free, but in order to thank them I thought it best to pay for their travel.

All in all, I think I need somewhere in the region of £600-£1000 ($900 - $1500) to cover any and all costs. The majority of costing comes from digital printing although I have managed to find a cheap commercial printer who can do small jobs for a reduced amount.

I understand that this is something that I should ultimately fund myself, but hopefully people will help me make a sizeable dent into things like buying fabric and printing designs, which, once out of the way, will make everything easier to focus on.

If you’d like to help out by donating money to help me create my collection my paypal email address is saintclothingdesign@gmail.com

Or if you could, just simply signal boosting this post would be a great help.

Thank you for your help!

Historians crowdsource key reads about racial violence in America

With the help of Twitter, scholars and librarians put together a Charleston Syllabus for educators to situate the shooting within racial and national contexts. 

WEB Du Bois’s “The Souls of Black Folk” is a “crucial starting point” for learning about race in America, says Chad Williams, who started the Charleston Syllabus. | Read more

Question: What would you suggest be included in the syllabus?

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Exhausting a Crowd

Online art project by Kyle McDonald lets anyone annotate video captured in public spaces in London. The visual feed is not actual from a CCTV camera, but footage captured over a twelve hour period. One notable example, “Kiss Me”, is embedded below:

The project is part of the current “All of This Belongs to You“ exhibition at the V&A, London.

You can contribute to the project here

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HI, BABES! Cooperative economics is an amazing form of solidarity! Helping trans women of color overcome financial barriers to truly live fully actualized lives is the revolution. I need your help! I would love love love if you can donate whatever you can in support of my surgery fundraiser <3 If you can’t, please share this with friends by reblogging/signal boosting. I am really reaching out in hopes that folks will come through for me so that I can get this stress out of my life as soon as possible and just ENJOY life. Thank you! <3

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I think the biggest misconception about our IndieGoGo campaign is that you’re giving money with nothing in return. We have several perks for you to choose from ranging from $15 to $1000! Yes, people have donated without wanting a perk in return, but if you donate, you can choose what you’ll get in return.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tom-terri-s-adventures-in-adopting/x/9932458

SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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Crowdsourced Air Monitors Could Help People Breathe Easier in Cities

by Michael Keller

People living in towns and cities across the U.S. generally rely on state and federal authorities to let them know when their community’s air quality is cause for concern.

Monitoring station coverage varies depending on what state you’re in. Even if a monitor is down the street from you, the number of pollutants it sniffs for might be very different from another unit acrosss town. One station might be monitoring for ozone and nitrogen oxides, while a distant one might be on the lookout for sulfur dioxide and tiny particulate matter. That isn’t a recipe to give a consistent or personally very useful assessment of the air you’re breathing.

And for many people, an air quality monitoring station isn’t nearby. The state of the air on individual blocks or in neighborhoods is often unknown. But what if the job could be shared, with sensitive government equipment remaining in a dispersed network across a city while interested citizens provide data between the stations?

A European project called Citi-Sense is looking to do just that. Their goal is to develop sensor-based networks that are crowdsourced by citizens who measure the environment and conditions in urban areas.

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Get me a job

I’ve been on benefits for over a year now. Well, this time around anyway. I have basically spent most of my life battling mental illness. This time around was the worst it’s ever been, but as a result of many years of being mental, I have GCSEs and a job history consisting of a handful of name tag gigs that lasted a maximum of 6 months each, with massive gaps of unemployment in between. And considering how bad my mobility issues have gotten, there’s no way I can go back to standing all day at a cash register.

Now I’m at the best I’ve ever been. I feel motivated, and I’m ready to start living. There’s one major barrier to me getting my life where I want it, and that’s my lack of qualifications. I found a Pitman Training course to become a legal secretary. With that, I can get work in a legal environment, enabling me to start a CILEx course, eventually becoming an actual lawyer. I’m aiming to specialise in employment law and family law, so I can help the kinds of people who’ve been hurt by the end of legal aid. People like me.

However, the course is expensive. Over £300 per module expensive. It looks like I’ll need to do a minimum of three modules, at <14hrs a week so I don’t lose my benefits. On my restricted income, it’ll take me months to even save up for one module. I managed to save up £70 over several months and I’ve already had to dip into it and owe myself.

The government, despite it’s grandstanding about people like me being workshy spongers, will not fund the course, instead preferring to fund “cv skills” and other such nonsense through the Job Centre. The Princes Trust have no money, despite the Prince himself being minted. And the other charities that would be willing to help have all told me that they can’t because of Government funding cuts.

So yes, I’m crowd funding it. It’s my only option. My lovely boyfriend has offered to help out as best he can, but he’s not exactly swimming in cash either and as we’re both saving up for a deposit so we can live together and I can have something other than a one room dank pit, I’d rather not take his bonus and tax rebate from him.

So, if you’re willing to help me get into work either out of the kindness of your heart or because you’re the kind of person who hates tax money going to the unemployed or disabled, now’s your chance. Even £1 would help. So please consider helping out, or sharing this with your (hopefully minted) friends.

At Endeavorist, we support the crowdfunding alternative to traditional loans, government grant procedures, and hand-me-down fortunes passed onto only a privileged niche amongst us who happen to have been born amidst a family who’ve previously accumulated it. Of course, it may seem a bit coincidental - our perspective on the value of crowdfunding - considering it’s one of our main features by which Endeavorist.org provides (in the form of Research Campaigns). 

However, it’s become logical to pool our efforts - monetary and participatory - toward bolstering scientific research, as we’ve acquired the tools to do so while amidst a societal climate of stagnant funding, low risk taking, and the visible misappropriation of government wealth to temporary fixtures, rather than innovative solutions. Neil deGrasse Tyson articulates this further

The challenge will be to see what the balance is between the band-aid you will put on the problem that you can sort of stop the hemorrhaging at this moment and the investments that you, then, insert that will return on that investment later. You need the combination of both. Without the longer term investment than you’re just putting band-aids on as you go forward and nothing ever gets permanently solved. It gives the illusion of a solution but it doesn’t actually change the manifestation of these problems as time goes on.

Individually, it’s become far more difficult for one person to fund a single endeavor on their own; and the point certainly could be made that never has one solely financed an idea without the contributions of others, as wealth is accumulated by many participating in a cyclical process of consumption toward the generation of a single individuals’ wealth in the first place. Therefore, crowdsourcing is not a “new” concept, it’s simply become a much more visible and viable means of enhancing progress through the advent of the internet. 

A person who decides to log onto the World Wide Web could, of course, use their money to purchase something of temporary - albeit direct, applicable value - for themselves; or, they could assist in contributing to a project based on its attractiveness and purpose. And if that purpose happens to be dedicated to the perpetuation of scientific research which could benefit human society indefinitely, that’s good for everyone. (The difference between ‘Exploding Kittens’ and the ‘Kite’ patch). 

This is where Endeavorist comes in. 

Endeavorist is a ‘curiosity network’ hosting interactive endeavors in science and research, and spotlighting the people who drive those endeavors—scientists, givers, and curious citizens. In an unprecedented blend of social tools, the website combines crowdfunding, social networking, and online collaboration/recruitment in one platform—aimed squarely at ringing in a new era of democratic science.

In research today, fields ranging from cancer treatment to climatology are plagued by severe grant rejection (~75% or higher), especially in cases of small-scale, experimental, or independent projects—the same types of projects that have laid the groundwork for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs in history. And there are other issues, according to Cofounder, veteran entrepreneur, and software-executive-turned-science-evangelist, Tom Matthews:

Funding cuts are just one part of a much bigger problem. The research process has become tedious, inefficient, and fraught with obstacles left over from another era — a time before global collaboration or crowdfunding was even on the table — basically, before the internet.

—Tom Matthews, Endeavorist Cofounder

Endeavorist fills the immediate need for both a simple, open launchpad for science and research, and a permanent community for direct exchange between scientists and citizens. In effect, the platform makes discovery a social activity—accessible to anyone with an internet connection. This ‘curiosity network’ includes the following core components:

Key to our approach with Endeavorist was recognizing that crowdfunding isn’t lightning in a bottle. It’s a powerful, democratic tool, but it doesn’t foster an open, enduring community — something the present, disjointed science world desperately needs as well… so, we built both.”

—Colin Matthews, Endeavorist Cofounder

Endeavorist is free to join and open to the public. Users are encouraged to get involved today by signing in (with email or an existing social media account) and building their personal profiles. The platform will remain in technical beta while additional features are scheduled for release over the coming months, but the Endeavorist team calls emphatically upon researchers, givers, and curious citizens to “join the quest” immediately, at Endeavorist.org.

Recommended‘A Curious Site’ [Chandra Clarke, Popular Science]

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Briar Nexus is a site aiming to creating a safe and welcoming place for people of all ages, genders, sexualities, religions, races and lifestyles to enjoy. The Nexus will not have ads, but this means it needs your help!

Read more and donate here, or keep up with our development by following our Tumblr blog, Facebook page, or Twitter page! And remember, the only way we can get online is by spreading the word - reblogs, shares and retweets are very much welcome!

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In The Moment: Stargazing

In this new series, our editors will highlight the best and most inspiring images submitted via the Moment Mobile app.

Humans have always looked to the night sky in wonder and our Moment Mobile photographers have captured that in pictures made for the “Stargazing” request. Looking up at night to divine its meaning has a visual recoded history that dates back to the carving the stars in stone. The yearning for photography to capture the heavens came in its earliest years, with the first known daguerreotype of the moon in 1840 and the stars, taking hours to expose, waiting until 1850 for the materials to be sensitive enough. Today a cellphone camera is all that’s needed to capture the distant sky and all the vastness that picture can represent.

Explore more images from the Moment Collection.

ataleoftwogays asked:

*cursties* Greetings wondrous Duke! I was wondering if you could help me find a certain book I read as a child and would like to rediscover. All I can remember is a girl and her brother running away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and something about a statue made by Michelangelo. Did you ever read a book like this?

*Curtsies* Wow. No, I have no idea but that sounds really interesting and hopefully one of my followers will have a better idea. Friends?

Help a girl out!

You lovely tumblr-ers have helped each other (and me!) out in the past…I’m here to ask for some help one more time. 

My kids kick butt in math as long as they have fun tools to help them explain their thinking. And for some reason, dry erase boards spell fun to 8th graders. SO! I’ve got a donors choose project. If you donate by the 13th and use the promo code SPARK, donorschoose will match your donation, up to $100.

For donorschoose projects, it’s  pretty small. We need $243 to get 36 white boards, 36 colored markers and a big bottle of dry-erase cleaner. My project can be found here. If you can’t donate, please give me a signal boost- I owe my last project’s funding to tumblr getting the word out for me! Thanks!

In case you’re not aware…crowdfunding is a thing.

From vegan cheese and video games to solar roadways and documentaries, humanity has been experiencing a surge of globally collaborative projects through an assortment of platforms which utilize the billions of internet-enabled citizens of Earth to finance projects, whatever they may be. 

We as a collective society have taken to the online sphere of influence and the democratization of innovation because it works. Regardless of the molasses-like pace of bureaucratic policy procedures to accomplish relatively simple tasks when the solution is so clearly evident, or the lobbying by large corporations over whether politicians allocate funding to an area of immediate need, crowd-funding/sourcing allows for us to capitalize on viable solutions to problems otherwise not even given a first glance by those who have the capability to take action. 

However, shark fin costumes for your pet…rectangle-shaped water bottles….cosplay costumes…the crowdfunding niche for alternative financial support has become saturated with a barrage of projects from the motivational to the mundane. An outsider to our planet - provided they are educated on the current state of affairs regarding our ecosystem and societal woes - would surely be a bit puzzled as to why we would choose to pool our efforts and support projects that hardly reflect a civilization aware of its current deposition. 

The crowdfunding arena is not bereft of scientific endeavors, though. 

An asteroid mining outfit called Planetary Resources, Inc. initiated the first space exploration project to test soft/hardware in orbit for the ultimate prospect of categorizing, mining, and protecting Earth from asteroids. Lunar Mission Trust has secured funds to properly develop their Lunar Mission One spacecraft which will land on and drill into the as yet unexplored South Pole of the Earth’s moon to uncover its origins, perform experiments for viable information worthy to the cause of lunar settlement, and enable research to aid deep space radio astronomy. And most recently, The Planetary Society - in collaboration with a number of aerospace partners - funded and launched their LightSail in the first of two objectives which employ the use of CubeSat spacecraft to unfurl the solar sail in space for the first ever test of a concept centuries in the making

So, again, this crowdfunding thing…it works. But it begs the question…if projects such as these can be mounted on a grand scale and carried out, why aren’t we seeing more of them in the public sphere, and I ask again – where’s all the science?? 

Introduction: Endeavorist.

From the article A Curious Site’ by Chandra Clarke for Popular Science

Spearheaded by Tom Matthews, Colin Matthews, and Jess Timmons, Endeavorist has three major features.

First is a crowdfunding tool called Research Campaigns, which allows anyone to solicit funds to research a problem. With the Grant tool, you can set up a bounty to have research on a problem done, and award the grant to the most qualified applicant. With the Call to Action tool, you can put out an all-purpose bulletin to help gather resources – mentors, equipment, peer reviewers, and so on – to tackle a particular issue.

The site has been roughly two years in the making, and it was soft-launched last November. Although it has not had any major publicity yet, it has several hundred registered users.

According to Timmons, the art and design director for the site, and a self-professed space exploration enthusiast, the site is about making connections. I’ve always thought there’s got to be a better way to get people the resources they need to do science, she said in an interview last week. More importantly, she believes that everyone can be a scientist and she wants the site to be a bridge between professional full-time researchers and citizen scientists.

For me, said Colin Matthews, [this site] was a combination of always being passionate about science, and also listening to the complaints from my professors in college about how hard it was to get funding, never having enough money to really do what they wanted. I would love to see people like me get into it and say ‘I have impacted our search for knowledge in a meaningful way.’ We have social networks where people can show off their social life, but until now nothing to show off their impact on human knowledge.

Tom Matthews agrees. “We think of ourselves as a network, making it possible to share access to information. We want to democratize the pursuit of knowledge.” He added, We’re trying to build something people will want and care about, and build a real community.

Curious? Of course you are. So let’s get started. Join Endeavorist and help us democratize science.

The aging mind

This happens more often than it used to, and I presume it will increase in frequency from this point forward as entropy does its thing. Maybe it happens to you, too:

I’m searching for a word, and a word that’s definitely the wrong word jumps into the front of my consciousness in such a glaring, unignorable way that any chance of finding the right word is henceforth doomed. This stage-hogging wrong word is usually close to the right one in some aspect, either phonetic or in meaning, but it’s not right, and the higher level of my brain that is responsible for searching the lower word-storage levels has no chance.

At the moment, it’s “inchoate” that is chewing the scenery in front of “rage.” But it’s not right; it means incipient or forming or beginning, and this rage (let me tell you) is a grown-ass man who knows his place in the world and gives no fucks.(Maybe that rage, itself, is clouding various other brainial functions.)

You guys are word people. Let’s crowdsource! Brain says “inchoate rage” but the adjective I’m going for there is something closer to the set that includes blind, violent, unquenchable, destructive, and unfocused. What’s a word kinda like “inchoate” in some (etymological or phonetic) vector that fits that bill?