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Quench: Development lessons in a startup

International development projects have long been subject to critiques that they are unsustainable, inattentive to local needs and overly costly. But young self-starters continue to see value in bringing their…

On fundraising: Lewis Hower of the University Impact Fund

Even the best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

Interview: Just Vision’s Ronit Avni on nonviolent leaders in the Middle East

Eight years ago, the human rights activist and award-winning filmmaker Ronit Avni conducted over 475 interviews with Israeli and Palestinian activists to find out what kind of support they needed…

Recent McKinsey report culls from the successes of worldwide school reformers

What makes school reform succeed? A report recently released by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company suggests that school reform is most effective when under-performing school systems identify where they…

Interview: Gabriel Brodbar of NYU’s Program in Social Entrepreneurship on trends to look for in 2011

Gabriel Brodbar is the founding director of the Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship at NYU, which is designed to attract, train, and encourage the next generation of leaders…

Twitter Roundup: January 21 – Changemaking degrees, crowdfunding and LinkedIn startups

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Get some advice…

The Excel Center: A new model for adult education

About 1.2 million American students drop out of high school each year, at great cost — high school graduates earn ten times more wealth over their careers than dropouts. If…

WITNESS on how to use video advocacy to promote human rights

Video has a unique power to convey human experience, to make a viewer lean forward, engage, and empathize with the subject on film. Using the tagline “See It, Film It,…

Mark Hanis on what comes after the Sudanese referendum

let’s say, best-case scenario, in July — which is the date set to allow the storm to calm — everything is going smoothly. First variable: there’s a border region called Abyei that’s heavily militarized, very contentious. It’s supposed to have a referendum vote on January 9th, as well, but it seems very unlikely that will happen. So we have to make sure there’s still engagement, pressure, consequences, incentives, disincentives.

Books in Brief: Where Good Ideas Come From

Here at Dowser, we talk a lot about how to change the world. But sometimes the beleaguered amongst us (meaning me) survey the logistics of social change and marvel at…

Last post of 2010: Recapping some innovation trends

As we teeter on the edge of a new year, after eight months in operation, we thought we’d highlight a few of the stories we came across the past year….

Twitter Roundup – December 24: Fast food competitions, the food safety act and a better food pyramid

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Here’s a story…

Tim Carpenter on aging and the arts

Tim Carpenter, founder and executive director of EngAGE, believes in the potential for continuing education and intellectual growth within senior living centers. EngAGE offers programs in arts, wellness and intergenerational…

Why numbers matter: How big a problem is human trafficking?

Talk about a single girl who’s been trafficked from her home country, held captive, and forced into servitude — and your audience will naturally listen and sympathize. But talk about…

Craig Kielburger on how giving young activists more executive power motivates them to stay involved

In 1995, 12-year-old Craig Kielburger was flipping through the Toronto Star looking for comics when he came across an article about the murder of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child labor…