Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Olivia Bouler asked the National Audubon Society how her skill as an artist and her love of birds could be put to use. The fifth grader from Islip, N.Y., created a web page offering her vibrantly colored and lively paintings in exchange for donations.
Five hundred of Bouler's watercolors of pelicans, warblers, buntings, and other North American birds were claimed within three weeks, and donors eventually contributed $200,000 to restoration efforts.
In the media coverage that followed, Bouler spoke about the importance of small actions in response to big environmental issues like habitat loss and pollution. She sees kids' ability to focus on one piece at a time as a lesson to adults for whom the overwhelming magnitude of a problem may be an obstacle to taking action.
To spark kids' interest in nature, Bouler, now in high school, regularly shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for birds and drawing in classrooms, sometimes with the help of her younger brother Jackson, a puppeteer. A traveling exhibit of her artwork and her children's book, Olivia's Birds, encourage people to mobilize, one beach or backyard at a time.
Source - Daily Good
Finding new ways to help people and to make our planet a better place to live is a challenge but one that everyone can take part in. New ideas and projects are what we need. People can make a difference!
I stumbled across this project and I think it's brilliant. Imagine how easy it could be to wipe out homelessness with brilliant ideas like this one!
This study of Gregory project is based toward Republic of Slovakia, for the city of Banska Bystrica
The information below if from Project Gregory web site.(source) Please visit for more great information and pass this on to people in your community that can make these and other ideas happen! Let's make our world a better place to live!
Phenomenon of homelessness has became an intensly global question during past couple of decades. Finding solutions to it is a complex task which involves coordination of skills in socio-psychological and administrative fields - to name a few. Priority of the Gregory project is to find optimal alternatives for existentional questions of people without a home through the use of billboard objects and their advertisment spaces.
Cities are engulfed with rigid constructions for billboard advertisment which are expensive tu put up, maintain and their subsequent renting is a costly venture. The Gregory project brings optimalization to the construction of billboard structures in a way that the insides of these, after the extension, could be turned into a living space. Such an object would need just a minimal maintanance cost which could be partially paid through the rental of its advert space.
If we take the electricity cost needed for the billboard to keep it lit during night and we try to optimize it by x%, we find that this saved evergy could fully cover all those interier usage needs.
This study of Gregory project is based toward Republic of Slovakia, for the city of Banska Bystrica, where the project would be easy to implement thanks to existing energy and water grids. However the billboard housing project is possible to apply anyplace, althoug its implementation must be proceeded by a complex study involving the search for an adequate place for its physicall realisation.
Partner reciprocity is focused toward firms and investors which would participate in realisation or long term rental of involved advert space. They would be provided with a project logo, which they could place on their own companies web sites or other propagation materials with direct links to the whole project. The added value lies in an option to present ones company towards its peers as a place of social conciousness.
Gregory is meant as an "open source" initiative which is out there for interaction - (architects, designers, artists) who could come up with new consturction and layout alternatives and freely spread them further.
Project Gregory - billboard housing - is build as a non profit platform and it will be available for each city/space without the author claiming any financial benefits from its usage.
Making The World A Better Place
It's easy to get caught up in life and forget that each one of us has the potential to make our world a better place. The way to start is to try!