Awesome Without Borders

Greasing the wheels of greatness around the world with a new project each week—from experimental art to humanitarian causes

Acting as a sort of reverse Kickstarter for do-gooders and action-oriented creatives worldwide, Awesome Without Borders (AWB) is non-profit funding mechanism like none other: there are few barriers to being eligible for the groups grants, whether it’s a non-profit, an art project or something entirely outside the box, there’s very little red tape to cut through. The NYC-based organization—a chapter of the Awesome Foundation—combines a …

Randy Mamola and Riders for Health

The racing legend brings motorcycles to Africa to increase accessibility to medical care

by Katharine Erwin Randy Mamola is undoubtedly one of the greatest racers to never actually win a world championship. A crowd-pleasing racer with a heart of gold, Mamola’s best known moment was in 1985 with Moto Grand Prix’s most epic save. Mamola hails from San Jose, California, and in 1976 at just 16 years old, he was not only a known racer, but was also …

Kumanokoido

Malian print and camouflage teddy bears for a good cause

by Blair Milbourne In December of 2011, designer Junichi Nakane headed to Mali on what some might call a cross-cultural expedition of friendship. Journeying through the country, he noticed the lack of clean water sources in the village of Tireli in the central plateau region, and his friend cited the high cost of building a well in the village. Upon returning home to Fort Greene, …