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Think of five problems facing the world.

Now think of five potential 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.


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Dowser Media was established in 2008 to support emerging and student journalists who are interested in the practice of Solutions Journalism — rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. We also highlight substantive journalism about credible efforts or experiments aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems.

For our ethics policy, click here. You can also find our privacy policy here, and our reporter guidelines here.

We seek to advance Solutions Journalism as a legitimate branch of reporting (not fluffy, feel-good news.) It’s about reporting on problem solving and the results that are being produced — simply good journalism. It is not about journalists proposing or advocating for solutions. We see Solutions Journalism as a key piece of how journalism works. To self correct, society needs to know both what’s broken and what’s working.



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).

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Twitter:  @esh2440



David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York.

Twitter: @dnbornstein

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