WHY WE CREATED DOWSER:
Think of five problems facing the world.
Now think of five solutions.
If you found the first easier than the second, don’t worry. Everybody does.
We know much more about what’s broken than what’s being done to fix things.
We created Dowser to address this imbalance.
We’re living through a global social change renaissance. Millions of people are building organizations and social enterprises, attacking problems with new ideas and models.
But most of this activity is hidden. The news is better at telling us what went wrong yesterday than what’s being done to make tomorrow better.
At Dowser, we present the world through a ‘solution frame,’ rather than a ‘problem frame.’ We’re interested in the practical and human elements of social innovation: Who’s solving what and how. We want to know how people come up with ideas, how they put them into practice, how they pay the bills, and what fuels their fire.
We don’t proselytize, provide feel good news, or celebrate a few heroes. We provide trustworthy news and provocative ideas with a discerning eye.
We’re open to any sector – nonprofit, business, government. And we’re interested in social innovators of any age in any field and in any part of the world.
Dowser is a place for anyone who cares about initiating positive change. We tell stories about people who are creatively attacking social problems. People who show how achievable it is to make an impact.
A dowser uses a divining rod to uncover water. We uncover stories of change.
Dowser is a work-in-progress. We’d love to hear what you think.
OUR CODE OF ETHICS:
WORKING WITH SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM:
Dowser Media is a multi-pronged news organization founded in 2008 by David Bornstein to advance the practice of Solutions Journalism–an emerging branch of media that focuses on thoughtful, critical stories that explore, in detail, efforts to solve major social problems.
Our mission is three-fold:
- Produce, highlight and syndicate substantive journalism about people, ideas and organizations that are working to solve the world’s most pressing problems, with evidence-based rates of success. We’re always asking the question: who is solving what and how?
- Inform editors, journalists, news producers and journalism professors about the value of, and need for, more Solutions Journalism
- Create reporting tools, training guides, communication processes and partnerships to ease integration of Solutions Journalism into the newsroom, classroom and freelancer workflows.
We accomplish this mission through original reporting on dowser.org, David’s books (like How To Change The World) and commissioning Solutions Journalism for syndication and co-publication. Our partners currently include GOOD, the Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times.
We’re also kicking off the Solutions Journalism Project, the branch of our efforts dedicated to engaging the press in conversation around the idea, curating Solutions Journalism and creating the tools and processes needed to integrate Solutions Journalism into the mainstream media.
The practice of Solutions Journalism is a legitimate, evidence-based branch of reporting (rather than fluffy, feel-good news.) It’s about exposing work that’s already being done worldwide to combat social ills–not about journalists proposing self-selected solutions. Examples of this type of journalism are scattered throughout the media – but it’s time to increase both the quantity and quality of these stories. We see Solutions Journalism as one piece of the media puzzle; because to truly self-correct, society needs to know both what’s broken and what’s working.
David started his career as a computer programmer in Montreal, Canada. Feeling restless, at 23, he set off for a year backpacking around Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and discovered that he loved writing about people’s stories. He moved to New York, enrolled in journalism school at NYU, and wrote freelance articles for Newsday on crime, politics and city life. After hearing about the Grameen Bank from a friend, he borrowed money to travel to Bangladesh with the idea of writing a magazine article about the bank. He spent the next four years alternating between writing computer programs (to pay the bills) and writing a book:The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank. For his next book, How to Change the World, Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, he traced the work of Ashoka and social entrepreneurs in Brazil, India, Poland, Hungary, South Africa and the United States. His newest book, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know (written with Susan Davis) offers a brief overview of the field of social entrepreneurship and explores where it may be heading. David sees Dowser as an opportunity to report on thousands of social innovation stories, broadening and deepening the coverage of this field.
Esha is a journalist who covers social enterprise, technology for social impact, and development. She contributes to a number of international and national publications: The Guardian, Economist, NYTimes, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, and more. She was recently awarded a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover public health in India. She is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.A.) and a Rotary Scholar from The London School of Economics (MSc).
Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org