Buy Vacant Buildings Cooperatively

A group of neighbors in Minneapolis started the Northeast Investment Cooperative to pool money to buy vacant buildings and rent them to ...
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    Turn Deserts into Power Plants

    Build wind and solar -power plants in sun-rich deserts and hook them into electrical grids to power regions that are sun-challenged.  ...
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      Recycle E-waste Safely

      Our old iPads and iPhones and other devices contribute to a growing world-wide tonage of e-waste, much of which is toxic and shipped to ...
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        Play Games, Help Science!

        Predicting how proteins are folded is key to creating the drugs to fight most diseases.  Foldit is an online computer game in which ...
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          The Metaphor Project

          Shift culture by identifying key metaphors underlying social problems, and use storytelling and multimedia to promote new metaphors. ...
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            Wealth Addicts Anonymous

            A New York Times op-ed by former Wall Street trader Sam Polk proposes an AA for Wealth Addiction. ...
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              No More Unpaid Internships

              There are roughly 2 million interns in the US and about half of them are unpaid. A new Fair Pay Campaign has won a bunch of high ...
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                Reverse Canvassing

                Knock every door in transient communities (students, low-income, renters) to register and ID EVERY RESIDENT, not just known voters ...
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                  No Donuts – campaign for healthy campaign food

                  Let’s get the junk food out of our campaigns! We’re smart. We can do it….We’re working hard, we’re ...
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                    Reinstore Usury Laws

                    Multi-year campaign to allow for caps on interest rates, combination national and state “chipping away” approach. Submitted ...
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                      Fair wages for people with disabilities

                      People with disabilities can legally be paid far less than minimum wage – even less than $1 per hour. “The conversation on ...
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                        Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Network

                        Create a network of people who organize local MLK day school programs, rallies, etc. – there must be thousands of them! But no ...
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                          Make Medicare and Medicaid a buy-in option on Health exchanges

                          Pretty straight-forward: Make Medicare and Medicaid a buy-in option on the health care exchanges – to correspond with levels in ...
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                            Wiki Movement

                            A simple Wikipedia-like platform that maps and documents the movement ecosystem online – by state, issue, etc. and allows us to ...
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                              Dream Big Together + Story of the Future

                              2020. 2042. 2050. Lots of people and groups are starting to create future visions, scenarios, strategies. Is it possible we could ...
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                                Movement Moment Fire Department

                                The next Sandy. The next Wisconsin. The next BP. The next Occupy. The next Moral Mondays. There should be a team of people and groups ...
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                                  Whisteblowers Foundation

                                  A rich whistleblower should create a fund to reward broke whistleblowers and support them through the challenges of whistle-blowing. ...
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                                    Obama’s Legacy Project: Executive Orders!

                                    What are all the things Obama and agencies can do with the executive branch? And what are all the bad things they should NOT do? A ...
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                                      Organizational Recycling Center

                                      When orgs die, there should be a place to transition the best pieces (assets, intellectual property, models, lists, donors, ...
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                                        Crowd-source Corporations’ Reviews and Awards

                                        Crowd-source reviews of and rewards to corporations for ethical actions.  Like YELP for corporate malfeasance and good behavior. ...
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                                          Open Source Canvass Co-op

                                          “Canvassing can be one of the most effective forms of civic outreach, but it’s also one of the most resource-intensive. As ...
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                                            Progressive Awesome Foundation

                                            Use mini-grants to promote progressive values, the same way the Awesome Foundation promotes Awesome. Submitted by: Multiple submitters ...
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                                              Timebank as Millennial Stimulus Package

                                              Skilled but undermployed? Contribute your knowledge, time and elbow grease into a timebank for the Millennial generation as hours to ...
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                                                Rank Colleges by Vote Participation

                                                Match a college’s enrollment records against the voter file and tell them how many of their students are registered and how often ...
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                                                  Make phone calls as easy as signing petitions

                                                  Petitions and emails to targets are, by themselves, very low-impact. Their benefit is recruiting new activists and creating a media ...
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                                                    #Stop the Scams (Campaign to Save the Consumer Watchdog Agency)

                                                    Campaign to Save CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)     Submitted by: Billy Wimsatt Status: Updated: 1-28-15 ...
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                                                      Applied Scholars Network

                                                      National network of scholars (profs, grad students, undergrads) who do research to support community organizations and social ...
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                                                        EPA: No lead in small plane fuel

                                                        Small planes are #1 cause of airborne lead – totally fixable. The EPA must ban lead from small planes – just like in large ...
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                                                          #YesWeCode

                                                          Train 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become computer programmers. Live at http://www.yeswecode.org/. Submitted by: Van Jones Status: ...
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                                                            Pledge to vote for the candidate who spends the least

                                                            Pick 1-2 races and do intensive organizing to get people to pledge to vote for the candidate who spends the least. Disruptive and crazy ...
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                                                              Crowd-source a syllabus in social change

                                                              Help people understand the history and best practices for changing their community by crowd-sourcing a syllabus of key readings and ...
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                                                                Student Power Networks

                                                                Florida’s Dream Defenders, Ohio Student Association, and Virginia Student Power Network are three examples of an exciting new ...
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                                                                  Advocate to fix dorm voting in VAN

                                                                  The VAN (Voter Activation Network) has inadequate systems for students on campus and dorms. Advocate with VAN to fix them in advance of ...
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                                                                    Math Teachers for Correct Arithmetic

                                                                    DC Math teachers with calculators and butcher paper confront lying members of Congress on their horrible arithmetic — great ...
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                                                                      Ice Fishers Against Climate Change

                                                                      Organize Midwestern Ice Fishers in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire, Maine and New York who are ...
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                                                                        Spread the Vermont universal healthcare model

                                                                        National Economic Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) is partnering with groups in PA, ME, and MD to spread the VT universal healthcare ...
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                                                                          Rebrand “Austerity” as “Hunger Games.”

                                                                          Three finger salute symbol of Resistance. Harry Potter Alliance is already running this ingenious campaign. http://oddsinourfavor.org/ ...
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                                                                            Your idea here

                                                                            Got a crazy idea that you want to share? Submit it here: http://crazyideasbank/submit-idea/ ...
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                                                                              More ideas coming soon!

                                                                              We’re constantly collecting and curating new ideas. Check back soon for more. ...
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                                                                                Crowdsource Reward for a TPP Leak on WikiLeaks

                                                                                Just Foreign Policy proposed a crowd-sourced reward and raised pledges to encourage people to leak documents to WikiLeaks on the secret ...
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                                                                                  Transparency Notices: “This Decision was made by X Level of Government”

                                                                                  We often forget at which level of government decisions are made which affect our lives. Imagine getting a notice about changes in SNAP ...
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