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Share my Dabba: The Tiffin Has Just Become More Social

A new campaign in Mumbai uses the famous lunchbox network to feed the street children of the city.  Some would define it as “social innovation” – using an existing infrastructure…

Don’t Want that Sandwich? Can’t sell it? Don’t throw it away, though!

Dana Frasz is a food entrepreneur.  She wants to recycle food, taking the food that’s not consumed and putting it into the hands of those who cannot afford it.  She…

iPads for Schools? Not that simple. Ed-Tech Needs “Design Research.”

Kim Campbell and Hila Mehr Last week, gaming company Zynga announced the launch of a $1M accelerator for educational games in partnership with the NewSchools Venture Fund. Similarly, ed-tech incubator…

Sparking Innovation – in the middle of the Pacific

by Brittany Koteles Unreasonable at Sea (UaS), a first-time collaboration between Unreasonable Institute, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s d. school, was born with the objective to accelerate companies that are…

Crowdfunding Gets Specific: 10 New Platforms

by Brittany Koteles As a follow-up to yesterday’s piece on the explosion of crowdfunding in 2012, here’s a list of new platforms that connect crowdfunding to people, communities, and causes. …

Tap for Safety: Circle of 6 to Stop Rape

  by Rosie Spinks When Vice President Joe Biden—a longtime opponent of violence against women—announced the Apps Against Abuse technology challenge in 2011, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and activist Nancy Schwartzman knew…

Techy Girls Gaining Ground

By Lindsay Hebert The stereotype “computer geek” carries with it the usual accoutrements: glasses, game consoles and lots of alone time. Even as technology has become ubiquitous through social networks…

The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet: Ramez Naam

  Adapted from The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a new book by Seattle-based Ramez Naam who is a technologist and a writer.  In the book,…

Tech for Atrocities: Can Cell Phones Help?

by Tessa Farnsworth Curry How do you harness one of the world’s greatest tools for changing the way we live, and use it to prevent mass atrocities from occurring? Technology…

Travel for Heritage: GHF Preserves the World’s Most Delicate Sites

California-based nonprofit Global Heritage Fund preserves ancient and historical sites around the world that are otherwise neglected and crumbling.   Several of the sites that GHF has rescued have gone…

Changing the Face of Aid, Literally

By Lindsay Hebert In TV commercials 25 years ago, Sally Struthers held starving orphans and begged American viewers to help them. A new campaign by Oxfam America portrays aid recipients…

Rebuilding Haiti Three Years Later

by Anja Tranovich January 12th marked the third anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The total cost of the disaster was between $8 billion and $14 billion, the Inter-American Development Bank estimates, with 200,000…

Social Enterprise at IIM Calcutta in India with TATA

Here’s an opportunity for aspiring social entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas (or newly-established companies).  From time to time, Dowser will help spread the world about different contests and resources that can help entrepreneurs make…

Guy Kawasaki on APE-ing a Writing Career

Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures.  His latest book, APE – Author Publisher, and Entrepreneur…

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…