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Susan Ross, Author Of “Expanding the Pie,” On Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships

After working as the reproductive health director of CARE, where she focused on partnerships with corporations aimed at improving health conditions in garment factories until 2003, Susan Ross became interested…

The School Fund Looks to Music to Crowdfund Education

Palo-Alto based, The School Fund, has used crowdsourcing to finance the studies of over 200 students worldwide for the past three years.  Now, they’re partnering with 28-year-old Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn…

WIN-WIN For Women: Calvert Foundation

DC-Based Calvert Foundation announced a new initiative WIN-WIN, which will invest $20 million in organizations and individuals that support women, in the US and globally.  Dowser spoke with Lisa Hall,…

Verizon Goes Green: More than CSR?

  Jim Gowen, Corporate Sustainability Officer of Verizon, was recently at the UN Social Innovation Summit.  He spoke to Dowser about the “green” strides that Verizon is taking within the…

Clique provides more secure online dating through social networks

For young city-dwellers, dating is a social problem: infinite complications (limited time and money, instable or constantly-changing social circles) add stress and frustration to the already-daunting process of searching for…

Doug Lawrence: Reviving American Eco-nomy

Doug Lawrence is the Managing Principal of NY’s 5 Stone Capital, a new equity investor in green real estate and green business.  He speaks to us about the recent Jobs…

Microsoft Aspires to Innovate4Good: Akhtar Badshah

Akhtar Badshah has transitioned from his days as an architect and  the founder of a nonprofit to the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft – it’s a natural…

Shivani Siroya of InVenture Bridges the ‘Middle Gap’ with Mobile Technology

Shivani Siroya, an Unreasonable Institute fellow, is tackling the cash-based economy with a new investment model and mobile technology.  After a career in finance and development that took her to…

Are Too Many Social Enterprises Adding To Our Problems?

If you want to change the world—whether locally or globally, big or small—you’ve probably thought about starting up your own social enterprise or nonprofit. Think again. Author and Columbia University…

Journalist Kevin Fagan on the Link Between Reporting on Solutions and Creating Them

Journalist Kevin Fagan spent months immersed in the homeless community in San Francisco for his “Shame of the City” series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. The…

Newberg: How Real is the Impact Economy?

Mark Newberg is a one-man balancing act who has taken on three positions with a common thread: impact.  Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the US Small Business…

Small Business Strife in Emerging Markets: ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, commonly referred to as ANDE, targets the often-overlooked sector of small businesses in emerging markets.  By working through intermediary organizations, such as Ashoka, Skoll,…

Steve Rothschild On How Non-profits Can Learn From Market-Driven Organizations

Steve Rothschild’s recent book, The Non-Nonprofit, argues that issue-focused non-profits would do well to take some cues from corporate, market-driven approaches. After an extensive career in the corporate world, Rothschild…

Beverly Schwartz: Social Entrepreneurship Flourishing

Beverly Schwartz, the author of Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation throughout the World, serves as Vice President of Social Marketing at Ashoka.   We caught up with her just before…

Water Woes with Shekhar Kapur

When I first met filmmaker and activist Shekhar Kapur, he asked me about my jeans.  Did I know their history?  In particular, did I know how much water was used…