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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…

How Nuru Lights markets LEDs via networks of micro-entrepreneurs

While driving through a village in Rwanda, Sameer Hajee came across a mother walking with her two-year-old son, who had severe burns covering a third of his body. The cause:…

Emergent: How to create a profitable green energy company

The Emergent Energy Group was founded in the basement of a Tufts University dorm, and the founders, Jayson Uppal and Jesse Gossett, got their first consulting contract before they got…

The Brooklyn Grange, a commercial rooftop farm in New York City

One of the biggest farms in New York City, the Brooklyn Grange, sits six stories above the sidewalks of Queens. It has over a million pounds of soil and spans…

A Plan to Make Homelessness History

This is a story about a plan to end chronic homelessness in the United States. It’s not an indeterminate “war on homelessness,” but a methodical approach to do away with…

Twitter Roundup – December 10: light bulbs with longevity, recycling jeans into cars, and China’s cap on emissions

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: This week GE…

Twitter Roundup – December 3: Jumo, fast trains and a food safety overhaul

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

Richard Cherry of the CEC on confronting climate change with better buildings

Richard Cherry’s organization, the Community Environmental Center (CEC) bridges climate and low-income issues by focusing on the building sector. Using seemingly simple tools like weatherization, the CEC is able to…

Mini Case Study: Heal The Bay on how to make a video go viral

Social innovators can learn from each others’ successes and failures. That’s the idea behind Dowser’s Mini Case Studies, real-world stories showing how changemakers confront practical challenges. PROBLEM: The environmental advocacy…

Smartphone apps turn citizens into scientists

Around 100 million Americans use web-connected, camera-equipped phones on a daily — probably hourly — basis. Which is why many developers are exploring how this extraordinary resource can be harnessed…

Twitter Roundup – November 19: Plastic bags, farmers markets and food banks

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

Clean Water at No Cost? Just Add Carbon Credits

In America, I turn on the faucet and out pours water. In much of the world, no such luck. Nearly a billion people don’t have drinkable water. Lack of water…

Twitter Roundup – November 12: Home efficiency scores, cigarette warnings and Yale scholarships

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