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Top 60 Social Good Ideas in October

From In-School Washing Machines to Campus Safety Apps

— October 30, 2016 — Social Good
With the new school year officially underway, the October 2016 social good trends reveal a specific focus on making the classroom a safer and more comfortable space for children of all ages. As a result, a number of initiatives have been launched that look beyond academics to focus on other ways to improve the in-school experience.

One of the ways that companies have been improving classroom dynamics is by focusing on the social interactions that occur in schools. For instance, Natalie Hampton created an app called Sit With Us that aims to combat bullying by ensuring that children always have a lunch buddy. Aiming to tackle a very different issue, Playtex Sport created a grant that aims to combat the pressure on women to give up high school sports.

Beyond making school a more friendly and supportive social environment, there is also an emphasis on making these institutions safe and accessible. At the post-secondary level, Lakehead University is tackling this issue with a new app that allows students to summon security if they feel threatened. In terms of accessibility, Whirlpool began installing washing machines and dryers in schools to help those students who miss class simply because they don't have clean clothes to wear.
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Charitable Piano Ballads
Charitable Piano Ballads
This HELP Charity Ad from Criss Angel and Dee Snider Encourages Donations
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59
Female Athlete Grants
Female Athlete Grants
Playtex Sport's Play On Canada Grant Program Helps Encourage Female Athletes
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58
Rapper-Developed Educational Programs
Rapper-Developed Educational Programs
Vince Staples Joined with Levi's for the 'Music Project'
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57
Patriotic Anniversary Marathons
Patriotic Anniversary Marathons
The Calgary Marathon Added an Event for Canada's 150th Anniversary
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56
Workplace Temperature PSAs
Workplace Temperature PSAs
BBDO Toronto's New Video Point Out Sexual Inequality in the Workplace
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55
Puppy Origin Commercials
Puppy Origin Commercials
The Humane Society of the US Exposes the Sad Prevalence of Puppy Mills
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54
Crowdsourced Wildlife Apps
Crowdsourced Wildlife Apps
This App Helps Manitobans Contribute Towards Wildlife Tracking Projects
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53
PSA Music Videos
PSA Music Videos
Andrew Bird's 'Pulaski' Visuals Function as a Gun Violence PSA
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52
Disturbing Online Bullying PSAs
Disturbing Online Bullying PSAs
This Video Shows How Manipulative Tactics Can Be Enhanced Online
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51
People-Powered Short Films
People-Powered Short Films
Sesc's Film Campaign Shows How People Change People
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50
Percussive Powwow Performances
Percussive Powwow Performances
This Campus Orientation Event Features Aboriginal-Inspired Themes
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49
Pioneering Woman-Celebrating Apps
Pioneering Woman-Celebrating Apps
This Walking Tour App Celebrates Historical Woman Activists
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Comprehensive Campus Safety Apps
Comprehensive Campus Safety Apps
This App Helps University Students Access Security Services
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In-School Washing Machines
In-School Washing Machines
Whirlpool's 'Care Counts' Program Increases School Attendance
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46
Literacy-Promoting Shopping Events
Literacy-Promoting Shopping Events
This International Literacy Day Event Supports a Good Cause
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Viral Hunger PSAs
Viral Hunger PSAs
Feeding America's 'Empty Plates' Ad Copies the Format of Viral Recipe Videos
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44
Police Accountability Apps
Police Accountability Apps
The CopCritic Service Lets Citizens Hold Police Accountable
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43
Perilous Neighborhood-Reporting Websites
Perilous Neighborhood-Reporting Websites
This Website Lets Women Report Unsafe Areas in Canberra
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Secure Stamp-Checking Apps
Secure Stamp-Checking Apps
This App Lets Kenyans Authenticate Excise Tax Stamps On Alcohol Bottles
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41
Online Voting Aids
Online Voting Aids
'Voteplz' is a Website That Makes Voting in the US Easy
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40
Cafeteria Companionship Apps
Cafeteria Companionship Apps
The 'Sit With Us' App Helps Kids Avoid Having to Eat Lunch Alone
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39
Empathic Refugee VR Experiences
Empathic Refugee VR Experiences
The United Nations' UNVR App Aims to Increase Volunteer Numbers
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38
Customizable School Apps
Customizable School Apps
The Ouachita Parish System App Connects Students, Parents and Teachers
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Digitally Interfacing Prosthetic Devices
Digitally Interfacing Prosthetic Devices
'Shortcut' Helps Amputees to Control Digital Platforms
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36
Commemorative Mosaic Projects
Commemorative Mosaic Projects
The 'Canada 150 Mosaic' Project Encourages Artistic Collaboration
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35
Sound Navigation Devices
Sound Navigation Devices
The 'Echo' Helps Individuals with Visual Impairments in Their Daily Lives
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34
Interactive Math Apps
Interactive Math Apps
The 'Go Math! Go' App Improves Math Learning Through Positive Encouragement
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Inclusive Anti-Bullying Apps
Inclusive Anti-Bullying Apps
'Sit With Us' Ensures That Kids Never Have to Eat Lunch Alone
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Preventative Assault Campaigns
Preventative Assault Campaigns
The Emma Watson HeForShe Campaign is Now Focusing on Universities
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31
Charitable Supercar Auctions
Charitable Supercar Auctions
Ferrari Will Auction a Car to Benefit Victims of the Italy Earthquake
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30
Plagiarism Checking Apps
Plagiarism Checking Apps
The Turnitin Tablet App Helps Teachers Identify Cheaters
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29
Political Art Installations
Political Art Installations
This Art Piece Endorses Peace Between North and South Korea
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28
Partisan Election Apps
Partisan Election Apps
The #NeverTrump Aims to Help Users Do Thier Part to Defeat Donald Trump
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27
Litigious VR Experiences
Litigious VR Experiences
The University of Westminster is Using VR to Teach Cases to Law Students
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26
Charitable Clickbait Strategies
Charitable Clickbait Strategies
RXM Creative is Using Clickbait Headlines to Raise Donations
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25
Driver-Rewarding Coffee Apps
Driver-Rewarding Coffee Apps
This App Lets Drivers Win Coffee Coupons For Avoiding Their Phones
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24
Animal-Saving Lipsticks
Animal-Saving Lipsticks
This Kat Von D Lipstick Supports Chimps and Fights Animal Testing
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23
Prison Education Tablets
Prison Education Tablets
Edovo Uses Specially Designed Tablets to Educate the Incarcerated
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22
Charitable Burger Geofilters
Charitable Burger Geofilters
A&W's Campaign on Snapchat Brings Attention to 'Burgers to Beat MS'
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21
Female-Focused Tech Competitions
Female-Focused Tech Competitions
The 'Built By Girls' Challenge Helps Teens Explore Their Ideas
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20
Disability Awareness Ads
Disability Awareness Ads
This Accessible Campaign Will Be Shown During the Paralympic Games
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19
Cat-Themed Advertising Replacements
Cat-Themed Advertising Replacements
This Animal Charity Replaced Subway Ads with Cat Pictures
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18
Anti-Extremism Search Algorithms
Anti-Extremism Search Algorithms
Jigsaw's 'Redirect Method' Dissuades Potential ISIS Recruits
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17
Medical Mobile Fridges
Medical Mobile Fridges
This Ultra-Portable Device Has the Potential to Save Many Lives
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Dementia-Friendly Airports
Dementia-Friendly Airports
Heathrow Airport Marks World Alzheimers Day with New Policies
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15
Biscuit-Built Skyline Sculptures
Biscuit-Built Skyline Sculptures
Macmillan Cancer Support Built this Structure for Charity
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14
Hunger-Fighting Video Games
Hunger-Fighting Video Games
'PacMan Vs. Hunger' Uses a Classic Game to Support a Good Cause
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13
Direct Fertilizer Branding
Direct Fertilizer Branding
This Fertilizer Design Protests the TTIP
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12
Charitable Design Auctions
Charitable Design Auctions
The GlasLove Initiative Raises Money for Cancer Through Glass Artwork
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11
Anti-Social Media Hunger Campaigns
Anti-Social Media Hunger Campaigns
The Delete to Feed Campaign Encourages Offline Interactions
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10
Ethically Produced Teas
Ethically Produced Teas
These Organic Sweet Teas are Helping to Revitalize Nepal's Economy
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9
Educational Cryptography Games
Educational Cryptography Games
PocketBlock Teaches Adolescents About the Details of Cryptography
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Memorializing Basketball Jerseys
Memorializing Basketball Jerseys
The Memphis Grizzlies MLK Day Jerseys Nod to King's Assassination
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Expressive Race-Centered Portraiture
Expressive Race-Centered Portraiture
This Project Considers What It Means to Be a Person of Color
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Crossbreed Hygiene Products
Crossbreed Hygiene Products
This is a Human and Dog Shampoo That Supports Animal Shelters Too
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5
Fire-Powered Smartphone Chargers
Fire-Powered Smartphone Chargers
JikoPower Uses Fire Power to Charge the Smartphones of Kenyans
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4
Subversive Fast Fashion Ads
Subversive Fast Fashion Ads
The New H&M Ad Shows a Less Constricted Representation of Femininity
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3
Electric Street Murals
Electric Street Murals
This Vivid Mural Was Designed to Prevent Crime in the Area
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2
Educational Menstrual Cycle Games
Educational Menstrual Cycle Games
This Board Game Shifts Tween Perspectives on Periods
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1
Flatpack Portable Shelters
Flatpack Portable Shelters
These Shelters Were Designed for Emergency Situations
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