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Ethikus Leverages the Power of the Ethical Consumer

The idea that change starts small isn’t new. But in an age when large corporations seem increasingly ubiquitous and powerful, small businesses have become an important locus of sustainable economic…

Weekly Roundup: Malaria Making Progess?

This week the global health and development community marked World Malaria Day (April 25), highlighting new initiatives to fight malaria: the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems in tandem with the…

Journalist Kevin Fagan on the Link Between Reporting on Solutions and Creating Them

Journalist Kevin Fagan spent months immersed in the homeless community in San Francisco for his “Shame of the City” series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. The…

Newberg: How Real is the Impact Economy?

Mark Newberg is a one-man balancing act who has taken on three positions with a common thread: impact.  Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the US Small Business…

David Brooks, Politics and Social Entrepreneurs

In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks takes note of the increasing popularity of social entrepreneurship – but unfortunately frames it as a kind of naïve idealism, a…

Weekly Roundup: Will Global Governance Ever Be Global?

A few weeks back, there was a lot of chatter about who would don the hat of president of the World Bank.  As the NYTimes reported, having more than one…

Are Social Entrepreneurs Too Idealistic?

Are social entrepreneurs too idealistic? David Brooks thinks so. In his recent Times column, he wrote that “young idealists” are, while “refreshingly uncynical,” also too naïve, and unaware about national…

An Uphill Battle For Medical Marijuana

Earlier this month in Oakland, the Federal government raided a center for training in marijuana cultivation. At least half a million people in California use marijuana as a form of…

Small Business Strife in Emerging Markets: ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, commonly referred to as ANDE, targets the often-overlooked sector of small businesses in emerging markets.  By working through intermediary organizations, such as Ashoka, Skoll,…

Weekly Roundup: Facing Drought and Hunger Again

Sahel: A Familiar Tale of Drought, Hunger, and Famine Last year, the Horn of Africa suffered from drought and famine.  Now, there’s news again that famine and drought are hitting…

Organizing for Resilience: The Transition Towns Network

A while back, Dowser wrote about Bellingham, Washington, a town that is consciously developing its local economy in order to withstand the global recession. Across the world, communities are forming…

Weekly Roundup: Burma Emerges

Burma: On the Threshold of Democracy? Civil society showed its force this week in Burma.  The people’s call for a more democratic nation finally came through when Aung San Suu…

Live Webcast Today: TedxChange-The Big Picture

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST today (5:30 p.m. Central European Time), TedxChange will be Webcast live from Berlin, Germany. TEDxChange is a partnership between TED.com and the Bill & Melinda…

Steve Rothschild On How Non-profits Can Learn From Market-Driven Organizations

Steve Rothschild’s recent book, The Non-Nonprofit, argues that issue-focused non-profits would do well to take some cues from corporate, market-driven approaches. After an extensive career in the corporate world, Rothschild…

Beverly Schwartz: Social Entrepreneurship Flourishing

Beverly Schwartz, the author of Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation throughout the World, serves as Vice President of Social Marketing at Ashoka.   We caught up with her just before…