17 September 08

GOOD Magazine, which we’ve been enjoying since it launched in 2006, recently launched a new Website and a revised subscription plan. The magazine used to charge $20 for a 6-issue annual subscription. 100% of the subscription price went to charity, and got the subscriber into a year’s worth of GOOD events and parties. 

The new Website is focused on the publication’s active community. Users can create a free account and profile, and then comment on blog posts, create original content, and get invitations to GOOD events and parties. The magazine has also changed its subscription plan—users can pay-what-you-wish model. Subscibers can pay as little as $1 for an annual subscription, though $20 will get you free access to events. Like before, all subscription proceeds go to the charity of the subscriber’s choice (out of 12 pre-selected non-profit organizations). Read the rest of this entry »


New Approach – Old Problem

25 February 08

futurethink insteddNormally, relief organizations around the world scramble to respond to global crises after they’ve happened, wasting valuable time and money responding to situations that they could have possibly been better prepared to handle. Last week, InSTEDD launched (with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and Google.org) to tackle this issue in a decidedly 21st century way. The goal of InSTEDD, which stands for Innovative Support To Emergencies, Diseases, and Disasters, is improve to early detection, preparedness, and response capabilities for global health threats and humanitarian crises. The organization will work with relief and response organizations, governments, academia, and scientists around the world to address gaps in information flow with software and other technology-based tools and services. InSTEDD will act as sort of an innovation laboratory, and will support the humanitarian community in preparing for and responding to global public health emergencies.

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A Coup for (RED)

19 February 08

futurethink auction (red)

The oft-criticized Product (RED) campaign recently had a quick boost after a very successful auction organized by Sotheby’s, Bono, and artist Damien Hirst. For the auction, Hirst asked 100 artists to create a painting inspired by the word/concept “red.” Artists such as Banksy, Jasper Johns, and Takashi Murakami submitted their work, and on February 14th, all 100 pieces were auctioned off for a total of $42.5 million, with all proceeds going to Product (RED) charities.

Among the pieces auctioned off was a piece by Damien Hirst himself, Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way, a work filled with antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV. It sold for $7.15 million.

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